[Ferro-Alloys.com] The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that for the month of September 2019, U.S. steel mills shipped 7,767,310 net tons, a 8.3 percent decrease from the 8,472,088 net tons shipped in the previous month, August 2019, and a 0.6 percent decrease from the 7,811,745 net tons shipped in September 2018. Shipments year-to-date in 2019 are 72,577,746 net tons, a 1.6 percent increase vs. 2018 shipments of 71,468,627 net tons for nine months.
US raw steel capacity utilization declined to 80.5% last week from 81.6% the previous week.
Production fell 1.4% to 1.862 million st during the week that ended Saturday, down from 1.888 million st produced the previous week, according to data released Monday by the American Iron and Steel Institute.
ArcelorMittal Poland will begin the temporary closure of its blast furnace and steel plant in Krakow on November 23, the company said Tuesday.
Chinese-backed consortium SMB-Winning has won the rights to develop Guinea's major Simandou iron ore deposit, Guinean partner Societe Mineire de Boke confirmed Wednesday.