All hands are on deck to meet a tidal wave of demand

Oct 01, 2008 | 06:43 AM |

If legendary broadcaster Walter Winchell were still in front of a microphone, his audience would be a great deal larger. Winchell, who opened his famed radio broadcasts in the 1930s through the early '50s with the line "Good evening Mr. and Mrs. North and South America and all the ships at sea," would be reaching a lot more ships, and global manufacturers of carbon steel plate couldn't be happier.

Global demand for carbon steel plate products has been extremely strong for more than a year, with a number of end-use markets contributing greatly to plate's overall strength. The energy and infrastructure markets have been particularly strong, built on demand from developing countries. But shipbuilding demand has been another constant, with more orders for ships from both commercial and military customers keeping demand for plate products at high levels.....

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