Inventory managers facing pipe, tube challenges: execs

Feb 06, 2013 | 10:24 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Rick Preckel, Preston Publishing, Peter Brebach, Iron Angels of Colorado, Peter Schrumpf, Prime Metals Corp. USA, inventory, steel tube steel pipe

HOUSTON — Steel price volatility, market fragmentation and increasingly demanding customers have made inventory management increasingly challenging, according to steel pipe and tube market players and industry observers.

A wave of consolidation swept through the steel pipe and tube industry from roughly 2004 to 2007, but the sector might now be entering a period of fragmentation, a development that could impact pricing, Rick Preckel, principal at St. Louis-based Preston Publishing Co., said Feb. 5 during a panel discussion about inventory management and distribution at AMM’s 6th annual Steel Tube and Pipe Conference in Houston. ....

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