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March Raw Steel Production Increases To 7.6 Million Tons

Written by Brett Linton

The American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI) recently reported final U.S. raw steel production estimates for the month of March 2017. The monthly estimates are different than the weekly estimates we report in our Tuesday issues; the AISI bases the monthly estimates on over 75 percent of the domestic mills reporting vs. only 50 percent for the weekly estimates.

Total raw steel production for the month of March was reported to be 7,599,353 net tons with 5,118,343 tons being produced by electric arc furnaces (EAF) and 2,481,010 tons produced by blast furnaces. March raw steel production was reported to be 518,891 tons or 7.3 percent higher than the previous month and 136,596 tons or 1.8 percent higher than the same month last year. As seen in the table below, 10 of the 11 state-groups reported an increase in month-over-month production.

Compared to the first three months of 2016, 2017 year-to-date (YTD) production is up 3.3 percent to 22,368,541 tons. The table below shows that 8 of the 11 state-groups reported increased YTD production compared to the same period last year.

The capacity utilization rate for the month of March 2017 was reported to be 73.6 percent, down from 75.9 percent in February but up from 72.1 percent one year ago. The yearly capacity utilization rate is now 74.6 percent, down from 75.2 percent in February but up from 71.3 percent in March 2016.

SMU Note: An interactive graphic of our raw steel production history can be seen in the Analysis section of our website here. If you need help logging into the website or navigating through it, please contact us at or 800-432-3475.

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