Copper flat-rolled lead times stretching out

Jan 24, 2013 | 04:47 PM | Suzy Waite

Tags  Copper, service centers, lead times, construction, automotive, gun sales, National Instant Criminal Background Check System, Suzy Waite

NEW YORK — Lead times for copper flat-rolled products have extended in the first few weeks of the year, service center sources told AMM.

It is the first time that lead times for light- and intermediate-gauge products have lengthened since 2010, AMM has been told.

"We’ve seen them jump out. For most of the fourth quarter, lead times were between five and six weeks. But now, for certain light- and intermediate-gauge products, they’re out to April," one service center source said.

"Our supply side seems to be enjoying a rebound in business based on the lead times," a second service center source said. "In the fourth quarter, lead times were between three and five weeks, but now, for flat-rolled products in general, they’re out to eight weeks."....

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