January Steel Shipments Up 5.9 Percent From December

Up 14.4 percent Year to Date

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 17, 2011 – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that for the month of January 2011, U.S. steel mills shipped 7,528,655 net tons, a 5.9 percent increase from the 7,111,031 net tons shipped in the previous month, December 2010, and a 14.4 percent increase from the 6,579,808 net tons shipped in January 2010.  Shipments year-to-date in 2011 are 7,528,655, a 14.4 percent increase vs. 2010 shipments of 6,579,808 for one month.  2011 shipments for January would annualize at 90.3 million tons.


A month-to-month comparison of shipments shows the following changes: cold rolled sheet, up 19 percent, hot dipped galvanized sheet and strip, up 14 percent and hot rolled sheet, up 5 percent.


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 25 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 118 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI's member companies represent approximately 80 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at www.steel.org

Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
Tel: 202.452.7115