West Coast steel tube market on dual paths

Apr 17, 2013 | 10:48 AM | Frank Haflich

Tags  HSS, tubing, West Coast steel, South Korea tubing, export prices, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — West Coast producers of structural steel tubing continue their struggle to implement higher prices in a market that, in many cases, has splintered into two different levels.

Increases of $30 per ton that producers tried to initiate beginning March 11 (amm.com, April 1) were aimed at raising the price of core sizes of A500 Grade B hollow structural sections (HSS) in the Los Angeles market to anywhere from $980 to $1,000 per ton ($49 to $50 per hundredweight). This appears to be holding in daily purchases for spot requirements....

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