ALUMINIZED SHEET Skewered by the skid in housing and a turn to stainless

Dec 01, 2007 | 01:23 PM |

The fortunes of the U.S. automotive and housing markets don't bode well for the aluminized sheet industry in the short term, according to service center sources who buy large amounts of the product.

"How is the aluminized sheet market going? Let me put it this way it's a good thing we're in stainless," said one service center source handling both aluminized sheet and stainless steels.

Joe Block, vice president of Block Steel Corp., Skokie, Ill., agreed with the assessment. "Generally speaking, the market for aluminized sheet products is fairly depressed," he said. "It's tied a great deal to consumer products--things such as home appliances, where you need heat resistance--and it's also tied to the automotive exhaust market."....





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