December Steel Shipments Up Significantly From Last Year
March 12, 2010
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that U.S. steel mills shipped 6,035,000 net tons in December 2009, an 11.3% increase from the 5,424,000 net tons shipped in November 2009. It was also a 30.8% increase from the 4,613,000 net tons shipped a year ago, in December 2008. A month-to-month comparison of shipments shows the following changes: hot-rolled sheet, up 21%; hot-dipped galvanized sheet and strip, up 6%; and cold-rolled sheet, up 3%. AISI's member companies represent approximately 75% of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.