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Raw Steel Loses Momentum, Edges Down: AISI

Written by David Schollaert

Raw steel production by US mills slipped last week, declining for the first time in five weeks, according to data released by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) on Monday, June 12.

Domestic production stood at 1,739,000 net tons in the week ended June 10, down 0.9% vs. 1,754,000 tons the previous week. Despite the marginal decrease, output was still up by 0.1% from 1,738,000 tons in the same week last year.

The mill capability utilization rate was 77.3% last week, down from 78% a week earlier. Utilization was still off from 78% in the same week last year.

AISI said that adjusted year-to-date production through June 10 was 38,985,000 tons at a capability utilization rate of 75.6%. This is down 3.2% from the year-ago period when 40,268,000 tons were produced with an overall capability utilization rate of 80.3%.

Production by region for the week ending June 10 is below. (Note: week-over-week change is in parentheses.)

  • Northeast – 137,000 tons (down 3,000 tons)
  • Great Lakes – 560,000 tons (down 11,000 tons)
  • Midwest – 211,000 tons (down 2,000 tons)
  • South – 766,000 tons (down 2,000 tons)
  • West – 65,000 tons (up 3,000 tons)

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Note: The raw steel production tonnage provided in this report is estimated. The figures are compiled from weekly production tonnages 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 US production capacity.

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