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AISI: Raw steel output recovers slightly

Written by David Schollaert

Domestic production of raw steel recovered a bit last week, according to the most recent data from the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). The result was the first increase in roughly a month.

Steel output in the US totaled an estimated 1,702,000 short tons (st) in the week ended Feb. 3. That’s up 1.3% from the previous week but a decrease of 2.2% from the same week last year when production stood at 1,741,000 st.

The mill capability utilization rate was 76.6% in the week ended Feb. 3, up from 75.6% a week earlier yet down from 77.9% a year ago.

 Year-to-date production through Feb. 3 was 8,226,000 st at a capability utilization rate of 76.3%. That was off 0.6% from 8,274,000 st in the same period a year earlier when capability utilization was 76.1%.

Production by region is shown below, with the week-over-week changes shown in parentheses:

  • Northeast – 136,000 st (up 7,000 st)
  • Great Lakes – 562,000 st (up 3,000 st)
  • Midwest – 190,000 st (up 5,000 st)
  • South – 746,000 st (up 10,000 st)
  • West – 68,000 st (down 3,000 st)

Editor’s note: The raw steel production tonnages provided in this report are estimated. The figures are compiled from weekly production data 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.

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