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Weekly Raw Steel Production Dips Again

Written by David Schollaert

Raw steel production by domestic mills fell for the third consecutive week, totaling 1,785,000 net tons in the week ending Feb. 5, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).

U.S. output was down 0.6% versus the prior week, but was 2.6% higher than the same period last year when production was 1,739,000 net tons. Mill capacity utilization last week averaged 81.1%, a 0.5 percentage point decline from the prior week and a 4.4 percentage point gain compared to the same period one year ago.

Adjusted year-to-date production through Feb. 5 totaled 9,285,000 net tons, at an average utilization rate of 82.0%. That’s up 4.0% from the same period last year when the utilization rate was 76.6% and production was 8,931,000 net tons, AISI said.

Production was down in three out of five regions last week, as only the Midwest and the West posted week-on-week increases. The largest decrease versus the prior week in total tons and percentage was seen in the Great Lakes, down 11,000 net tons or 1.8%, while the South fell 1.0%, or 7,000 net tons, versus the prior week.

Below is production by region for the week ending Feb. 5: Northeast, 169,000 tons; Great Lakes, 613,000 tons; Midwest, 218,000 tons; South, 709,000 tons; and West, 76,000 tons – for a total of 1,785,000 net tons, down 11,000 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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