Logistics a challenge for US tube producers: H&H exec

Sep 27, 2012 | 09:44 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Handy & Harman - MTF, John Coates, AMM Stainless and Its Alloys Conference, stainless, tubing, Michael Cowden

CHICAGO — Logistics trump labor costs when it comes to the challenges of competing in a global tube market from a U.S. base of operations, according to the president of Handy & Harman - MTF Inc. USA.

Handy & Harman’s labor costs for tubing amount to about 12 cents on the dollar, John Coates said at AMM’s 26th annual Stainless and Its Alloys Conference in Chicago. For small-diameter material, the labor content is even lower, "so we can put it in little boxes and ship it all over the world," he said.....

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