AISI: Raw steel production inches back up

Written by Brett Linton

Domestic raw steel production ticked up last week following a seven-week low, according to the latest release by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).

Total US steel mill output is estimated to have been 1,710,000 short tons (st) in the week ending June 22, up 6,000 st, or 0.4%, from the week prior. Raw production last week was 0.3% lower than the year-to-date weekly average of 1,715,000 st. Production is down 1.6% compared to the same week one year ago when production totaled 1,738,000 st.

The mill capability utilization rate was 77.0% last week. This rate is higher than the week prior (76.7%) but down from this time last year (77.3%).

Year-to-date production is up to 42,204,000 st at a capability utilization rate of 76.4%. That is down 2.7% from the same time frame last year, when 43,379,000 st were produced at a capability utilization rate of 77.8%.

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

Northeast133,000 stup 8,000 st
Great Lakes568,000 stup 14,000 st
Midwest203,000 stdown 3,000 st
South744,000 stdown 14,000 st
West62,000 stup 1,000 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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