Lead times still long for aerospace alloys

Jun 28, 2012 | 10:23 AM | Suzy Waite

Tags  Alcoa Inc., Kaiser Aluminum Co, Constellium, service centers, 2000, 7000, aluminum, Jack Hockema 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 there’s 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., it’s 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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