Mills troubled by scrap supply issues, quality
Apr 08, 2014 | 03:22 PM
| Sean Davidson
LAS VEGAS Logistical issues related to the availability of rail cars and trucks for scrap shipments have combined with an overall decline in scrap flows into dealer yards to create grave supply-side concerns for steel mills.
Supply has become a bigger concern than quality, raw material buyers for steel mills and their suppliers said in an informal survey conducted by AMM. Two-thirds of the market participants polled named supply-related issues as the top concern for mill buyers, while one-third said the main concern is quality.
The ferrous raw materials business has become largely dependent on trucking over the past 30 years and this dependence has become a major problem since many companies cannot find enough trucks to deliver scrap, pig iron and other raw materials to mills and foundries, according to sources. ....
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