Raw steel production by U.S. mills increased 0.3 percent in the week ending Oct. 3 to 1,484,000 net tons, another small sign of rising steel demand. The operating rate of 66.6 percent was up from 66.1 percent the week prior. Although domestic production has seen steady gains since April, last week’s output was still 17.7 percent below the same week last year, reported the American Iron and Steel Institute.
Adjusted year-to-date production through Oct. 3 totaled 59,444,000 net tons at an average utilization rate of 66.2 percent. That is down 19.6 percent from the same period last year when the utilization rate was 80.3 percent, AISI said.
Following is production by district for the Oct. 3 week: North East: 144,000 net tons; Great Lakes, 531,000 net tons; Midwest, 168,000 net tons; South, 575,000 net tons; and West, 66,000 net tons for a total of 1,484,000 tons and a net increase of 4,000 tons. Production was noticeably down in the South and West, but up in the other regions.
Note: The raw steel production tonnage provided in this report is estimated. The figures are compiled from weekly production tonnage from 50 percent of the domestic producers combined with monthly production data for the remainder. Therefore, this report should be used primarily to assess production trends. The AISI monthly production report provides a more detailed summary of steel production based on data supplied by companies representing 75 percent of U.S. production capacity. Capability for fourth-quarter 2020 is approximately 29.1 million tons, compared to 30.4 million tons for the same period last year and 29.4 million tons for the second quarter of 2020.
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