PR-IS0718-1 - 2018 AIST Industry Statistics, July

July 2018 Industry Statistics from Iron & Steel Technology

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Production climbed to a 3.5-year peak in March 2018 as the Trump administrationís Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum took effect. During the month, mills produced 8.08 million tons, reaching a level not seen since October 2014, when the mills made 8.15 million tons. The increase is reflected in the monthly capacity utilization rate, which stood at 78.3%. The last time the rate crossed the 78% threshold was in September 2014. The administrationís goal is to return capacity utilization to 80%.

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