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Weekly Raw Steel Production Edges Up: AISI

Written by David Schollaert

Steel production by domestic mills rose during the first full week of the New Year, pushing capacity utilization up over 82%.

U.S. raw steel output totaled 1,813,000 net tons in the week ending Jan. 8, up 4.4% from the same period last year and up 1.6% from the prior week when production was 1,785,000 tons, reported the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Mill capacity utilization last week averaged 82.3%, up 1.4 percentage points from the prior week and up 5.7 percentage points versus the same year-ago period.

Adjusted year-to-date production through Jan. 8 totaled 2,068,000 net tons, at an average utilization rate of 82.2%. That’s up 4.2% from the same period last year when the utilization rate was 76.6% and production was 1,984,000 net tons, AISI said.

Production rose in three out of five regions last week. The largest increase versus the prior week in total tons was from the South, up 28,000 net tons The Western district saw the largest percentage increase, up 14.5% or 10,000 net tons compared to the prior week.

Below is production by region for the week ending Jan. 8: Northeast, 179,000 tons; Great Lakes, 620,000 tons; Midwest, 200,000 tons; South, 735,000 tons; and West, 79,000 tons – for a total of 1,813,000 net tons, up 55,000 net tons from the prior week.

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Note: The raw steel production tonnage provided in this report is estimated. The figures are compiled from weekly production tonnage provided by approximately 50% of the domestic production capacity combined with the most recent monthly production data for the remainder. Therefore, this report should be used primarily to assess production trends. The AISI production report “AIS 7”, published monthly and available by subscription, provides a more detailed summary of steel production based on data supplied by companies representing 75% of U.S. production capacity. Given the large number of changes to steelmaking capability in the current rapidly evolving market environment, AISI is undertaking a comprehensive review of its raw steel production and capability utilization statistics to ensure that they accurately reflect market conditions. Any updates to capability will be phased in over several weeks. Capability for the first quarter 2022 is approximately 28.3 million tons.

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