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U.S. Raw Steel Production Climbs in August

Written by Brett Linton

U.S. raw steel production rose 9.4 percent to 6,538,000 net tons in August, as reported by the American Iron and Steel Institute in Washington. August production is slightly below the 2020 monthly average of 6,580,000 tons, and down 19.8 percent compared to the same month last year.

August production was 560,000 tons higher than July, but 1,615,000 tons lower than the same month last year. Note that AISI’s monthly raw steel production estimates are different than the weekly estimates SMU reports each Tuesday; the monthly estimates are based on over 75 percent of the domestic mills reporting versus only 50 percent reporting for the weekly estimates.

Broken down by production method, 4,649,000 tons (71.1 percent) were produced by electric arc furnaces (EAFs) and 1,888,000 tons (28.9 percent) were produced by blast furnaces.

The mill capacity utilization rate for August averaged 65.9 percent, up from 60.3 percent in July, but down from 79.1 percent one year ago. The average capacity utilization rate for the year is now 66.6 percent, down from 80.7 percent in the same eight-month period of 2019.

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