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AISI: Raw steel production rises to 4-week high

Written by Brett Linton

Domestic raw steel production inched up again last week to reach a four-week high, according to the latest release by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).

Total US steel mill output is estimated to have been 1,721,000 short tons (st) in the week ending June 29, up 11,000 st, or 0.6%, from the week prior. Raw production last week was 0.4% higher than the year-to-date weekly average of 1,715,000 st. Production is down 1.0% compared to the same week one year ago when production totaled 1,738,000 st. 

The mill capability utilization rate was 77.5% last week. This rate is higher than both the week prior (77.0%) and this time last year (77.3%).

Year-to-date production is up to 43,925,000 st at a capability utilization rate of 76.5%. That is down 2.6% from the same time frame last year, when 45,117,000 st were produced at a capability utilization rate of 77.8%.

Weekly production by region is shown below, with the weekly changes noted in parentheses:

  • Northeast – 132,000 st (down 1,000 st)
  • Great Lakes – 586,000 st (up 18,000 st)
  • Midwest – 199,000 st (down 4,000 st)
  • South – 740,000 st (down 4,000 st)
  • West – 64,000 st (up 2,000 st)

Editor’s note: The raw steel production tonnage provided in this report is estimated and should be used primarily to assess production trends. The monthly AISI “AIS 7” report is available by subscription and provides a more detailed summary of domestic steel production.

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