Production issues said slowing AK at Ashland

Feb 12, 2014 | 04:13 PM | Catherine Ngai

Tags  steel, AK Steel, Ashland facility, lead times, production issues, slab, semi-finished material, Commerce Department Sahaviriya Steel Industries

NEW YORK — Production issues at AK Steel Corp.’s Ashland, Ky., facility have reinforced long lead times from the integrated producer, sources familiar with the situation said, as the steelmaker has had to source semi-finished material offshore.

While the issues relating to the melting situation are unclear, sources said the producer has been experiencing production issues at Ashland for months and has had to reduce the number of heats it processes per day. Slabs from Ashland are sent to AK’s Middletown, Ohio, facility because Ashland does not have an operating hot-strip mill, and then returned to Ashland to be coated.

The ramp-down at AK Ashland could be tied to an upcoming planned outage scheduled for the second quarter. However, that planned outage comes at a time when AK Middletown is still recovering from late deliveries following an unplanned blast furnace outage last summer, which forced the mill to push its lead times for certain products, such as cold-rolled coil, out to the summer (, Jan. 23).....

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