Meachinical tube producers riding out ‘OK’ year

Sep 30, 2012 | 07:00 PM | Myra Pinkham

Tags  mechanical tube demand, mechanical tube imports, mechanical tube market forecast, Edward Vore, ArcelorMittal Tubular Products North America, Shawn Seanor, Timken, Tim Spatafore Marmon/Keystone

The mechanical tubing market continues to be fairly good, flattening out at a relatively high plateau, but isn’t nearly as tight as it was a year ago, when many mills had their customers on allocation or controlled order entry.

With additional headwinds expected to move in during the second half, most mills are leery about making predictions for 2013.

This year “has been an OK year on average, with some pockets (of end-use activity) being very good and others that are not good at all,” said Edward Vore, vice president of marketing and sales at ArcelorMittal Tubular Products North America.....





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