MARCH 2012

December steel shipments up 9.2 percent from November

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that for the month of December 2011, U.S. steel mills shipped 8,085,761 net tons, a 9.2 percent increase from the 7,404,828 net tons shipped in the previous month, November 2011, and a 13.7 percent increase from the 7,111,031 net tons shipped in December 2010. Shipments for 2011 are 91,865,449 a 10.1 percent increase vs. 2010 full year shipments of 83,443,836.

A month-to-month comparison of shipments shows the following changes: hot rolled sheet, up 15 percent, hot dipped galvanized sheets and strip, up 2 percent and cold rolled sheet, up 2 percent.