Skana sees opportunity in auto surge

Oct 29, 2013 | 10:44 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  aluminum, Skana Aluminum, Robert Gamba, automotive demand, Ford F-150, Michael Cowden

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Flat-rolled aluminum demand from the automotive sector is one of the biggest growth opportunities to hit the aluminum market, with supply chains expected to tighten across the board, according to Skana Aluminum Co. president and chief operating officer Robert Gamba.

Big domestic mills that invest heavily in downstream heat-treat processing for automotive body sheet are poised to benefit, but so are other suppliers, he said in an exclusive interview with AMM at the Metals Service Center Institute’s aluminum products division conference in Palm Beach, Fla. "Nobody has in any significant way increased their rolling capacity, so ... the domestic players are going to have some decisions to make about whether they can continue to supply some of their existing customers."....

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