WORLD PRODUCTION HEADLINESWorld Production
Down From March, April Steel Shipments Still Ahead of 2005 Totals
Jun. 19, 2006
June 19, 2006 — U.S. steel mills shipped 9,159,000 net tons in April 2006 according to the latest report from the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).
Total shipments reflect a 7.2% increase from the 8,545,000 net tons shipped in April 2005, and a 6.8% decrease from the 9,830,000 net tons shipped in the previous month, March 2006.
A year-to-year comparison of year-to-date shipments shows the following changes within major market classifications:
- Service centers and distributors, –3.7%
- Automotive, +17.3%
- Construction and contractors’ products, +15.2%
- Oil and gas, +9.5%
- Machinery, industrial equipment and tools, +15.9%
- Appliances, utensils and cutlery, –6.6%
- Containers, packaging and shipping materials, –3.3%
- Electrical equipment, +13.9%
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 32 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 118 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.