More copper products mills mull price increase

Apr 19, 2013 | 03:35 PM | Suzy Waite

Tags  Olin Brass, Aurubis Buffalo, Ray Mercer, copper, brass, service centers, price increase, lead times Suzy Waite

NEW YORK — A planned price increase by GBC Metals LLC, a division of Olin Brass Inc., for light-gauge, narrow-width and specialty finish products has encouraged other domestic mills to consider implementing a similar hike, although service centers say the mills will receive quite a bit of push back from distributors and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Louisville, Ky.-based Olin Brass’ increases will be anywhere from a "couple of cents to the mid-teens," depending on the thickness of the product (, April 15).

The company maintains that a disparity has existed for decades due to "historical pricing grids that do not reflect today’s cost differential of pricing of these products," noting that light-gauge and narrow-width products require "more processing steps, more equipment time, more labor and incur more supplies and more utility expenses."....

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