Constellium strike could extend alloy lead times

Aug 08, 2012 | 12:45 PM | Suzy Waite

Tags  Constellium, Alcoa, Kaiser, United Steelworkers union, TW Metals, Bob Mraz, Daniel Rinkenberger, aerospace alloys aluminum

NEW YORK — Service centers expect lead times for 2000- and 7000-series aerospace alloys, which are already long, to be pushed out further after a strike kicked off at Constellium’s Ravenswood, W.Va., aluminum rolling mill.

After a series of failed negotiations, nearly 700 workers went on strike Sunday morning at the plant, which primarily serves the aerospace industry (amm.com, Aug. 6).

Both Constellium and United Steelworkers union Local 5668 confirmed that no future meetings have been scheduled.

Although there are a number of salaried workers at the facility working "around the clock to help ensure the safety of the plant and to ramp up production," a Constellium spokeswoman declined to outline what effect the strike was having on production.

However, service center sources are already anticipating how the impact of the strike will affect them, agreeing that lead times for aerospace alloys, which are already at least five to six months, will be pushed out further.....





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