Titanium surcharges down sharply in 1st qtr.

Jan 02, 2013 | 05:34 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  titanium, surcharge, ATI, Allvac, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — A key raw material surcharge for titanium has taken its biggest tumble in nearly two years, dampening expectations for a quick first-quarter pickup in mill product spot pricing.

Monroe, N.C.-based Allvac Inc., a unit of Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Technologies Inc., has lowered its first-quarter raw material surcharge for benchmark aerospace alloy titanium 6 aluminum/4 vanadium bar and flat products to $5.64 per pound, down 15.4 percent from $6.67 in the fourth quarter of last year. It cut its first-quarter billet surcharge by 15.3 percent to $5.14 per pound.....

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