Lead times still long for aerospace alloys
Jun 28, 2012 | 10:23 AM
| Suzy Waite
NEW YORK Service centers and distributors are reporting long lead times for 2000- and 7000-series alloys as the aerospace industry flourishes.
Lead times have been stretched for plate in particular since last fall, when aerospace orders began to pile up, and theres no sign of a slowdown, sources told AMM.
"The mills are focusing on aerospace products. Bookings are a lot stronger," one service center source said.
"For 2000 and 7000 plate, particularly in the U.S., its a pretty hot market," a second service center source agreed. "The big domestic mills are in major allocation mode."
Service center sources agreed that lead times are anywhere from five to six months, and might even be pushed out further for new customers. ....
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