July Steel Shipments Down 1.3 Percent From June, Lowest Monthly Shipment Figure in 2012

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For Immediate Release
September 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that for the month of July 2012, U.S. steel mills shipped 7,910,486 net tons, a 1.3 percent decrease from the 8,016,834 net tons shipped in the previous month, June 2012, and a 6.8 percent increase from the 7,409,450 net tons shipped in July 2011.  Shipments year-to-date in 2012 are 58,027,590, an 11.2 percent increase vs. 2011 shipments of 52,189,307 for seven months. 

Shipments in July were the lowest monthly amount in 2012.  The July tonnage of 7,910,486 was 7.1 percent lower than the peak 2012 monthly shipments of 8,512,825 tons in March.  Raw Steel Production recently experienced its 2012 low in weekly production  with production for the week of September 8, 2012 at 73.3 percent, the first 2012 weekly utilization figure below 74%.

A month-to-month comparison of shipments shows the following changes: hot rolled sheet, up 5 percent, cold rolled sheet, down 2 percent and hot dipped galvanized sheets and strip, down 5 percent.

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice.  AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology.  AISI is comprised of 25 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 124 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI's member companies represent over three quarters of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at www.steel.org.

Contact: Nancy Gravatt
 202.452.7115 / ngravatt@steel.org

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