Aerospace aluminum alloy demand slows

Nov 14, 2012 | 10:45 AM | Suzy Waite

Tags  Kaiser Aluminum, service centers, aluminum, aerospace lead times, aerospace, Suzy Waite

NEW YORK — Demand for aluminum aerospace alloys has pared back slightly due to seasonality, but the slowdown hasn’t been severe enough to impact mill lead times, sources said.

Lead times for 2000- and 7000- aerospace alloys are still between three and five months, depending on the mill, largely unchanged from earlier this fall and down just slightly from the six months reported earlier this year.

The recent slowdown in demand comes as service centers look to end the year with lean inventories, sources said.

"The market is definitely slower. Everyone is worried about year-end. It’s almost like they want to glide for the next 60 days," one service center source told AMM.....

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