U.S. Steel Capacity Utilization
U.S. Steel Capacity Utilization: The total tonnage for the week ending August 29th was 1,383 million net tons, at a capacity utilization rate of 61.7%. The year to date tonnage output is 52,664 million net tons, at an average capacity utilization rate of 66.0%. In 2019, the same output total was 66,294 million net tons, at an average capacity utilization of 81.2%.
Figure 1 shows production on the left-hand scale and capacity utilization as a percent on the right-hand scale. Capacity utilization and production picked up at the beginning of June since the Covid-19 outbreak.
At Gerdau, we track US steel production and capacity utilization to keep an eye on the overall health of the US steel industry. We feel it is important to understand the forces that influence steel demand to include the strength of the US economy and import penetration.