West Coast tube buyers expecting hike

Apr 15, 2014 | 05:24 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  structural steel tubing, steel tube and pipe, West Coast, A500 Grade B, hollow structural sections, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — West Coast buyers of structural steel tubing expect local producers to increase prices soon but are viewing this probability with little enthusiasm in a market where demand has yet to show signs of a significant pickup.

While several mills east of the Rockies have raised prices by $30 to $40 per ton recently (amm.com, April 14), mills on the West Coast had yet to follow as of April 15.

There was little reason to justify an increase in tubing prices, most sources said, but conceded that rising coil costs mean a bump will likely come soon.....

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