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AISI: Raw Steel Output Falls, South Sees Large Decline

Written by Becca Moczygemba

Domestic raw steel production was slightly down last week as the South showed the largest regional decline, according to data released by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) on Monday, Sept 5.

Domestic steel output dropped to 1,729,000 for the week ended Sept. 2. That’s down 0.2% from 1,733,000 tons the previous week. Production is 1.2% higher than it was in the same period one year ago when domestic output was 1,709,000 tons.

The mill capability utilization rate for the week was 76.0%, down from 76.2% the week prior. Utilization was also down from one year ago when the utilization rate stood at 77.5%.

Adjusted year-to-date production through Sept. 2 was 59,844,000 tons with a capability utilization rate of 76%. That is down 1.8% from the 60,948,000 tons during the same time frame last year, when the capability utilization rate was 79.7%, AISI said.

Production by region for the week ending Sept. 2 is below, with the South showing the steepest drop. (Note: Changes from the prior week are in parentheses.)

  • Northeast – 135,000 tons (up 5,000 tons)
  • Great Lakes – 560,000 tons (up 6,000 tons)
  • Midwest – 234,000 tons (up 10,000 tons)
  • South – 731,000 tons (down 23,000 tons)
  • West – 69,000 tons (down 2,000 tons)

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