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Global Crude Steel Production and Capacity Utilization

Worldsteel Association (WSA) reports that global crude steel production totaled 143.58 million tonnes (Mt) at a capacity utilization rate, (CUR) of 72.2% in August. On a year on year, (y/y) comparison, the capacity utilization rate was up 3.7 percentage points, a significant increase. For the seven months ending August total worldwide raw steel production totaled [...]

China Domestic Prices

China Metals Weekly (CMW), September 21st newsletter reported that long products prices fell across the board on a week over week basis from 0.5% to 2.1%. However, on a month over month (m/m), basis long products increased for all long product lines. Angles advanced 5.3% m/m to $605 per ton, channels moved-up 4.8% m/m to [...]

U.S. Industrial Production

After six consecutive monthly gains, the Industrial production declined 0.9% month on month, (m/m) in August. Early indications are that hurricane Harvey’s impact reduced the score by 0.75 percentage point. Manufacturing industries most effected by the wind and flooding damage include; petroleum refining, organic chemicals and plastics and resins. Mining output slowed by 0.8% in [...]

US Steel Mill Shipments and Domestic Consumption of Long Products

For the 12 months ending August 2017, US mill shipments of long products* increased by 2.9%. US domestic consumption of long products increased by 0.9% over the same timeframe. Import share of long products averaged 21.1% over the past 12 months, down 1.5% year on year, (y/y). Table 1 presents data for long product steel [...]