Severstal North America Inc. has slated outages at both its
Dearborn, Mich., and Columbus, Miss., facilities in November, a
spokeswoman has confirmed.
The outage at the
steelmakers Columbus operation, scheduled for the
beginning of November, is related to the hot strip mill,
electric-arc furnace and caster, the spokeswoman said in an
e-mail. She declined to offer further comment, but a number of
sources said that the outage is part of annual maintenance and
would last for about a week.
The steel producer
also confirmed it was planning an outage at its hot-strip mill
in Dearborn in November.
Earlier this month,
lead time updates sent to customers of the Columbus mill
indicated that hot-rolled coil would have a four-week lead time
while cold-rolled had a seven-week lead time. However, updates
sent last week indicated that the companys hot-rolled
lead times have jumped to seven weeks while the cold-rolled
lead times shortened to six weeks, causing some confusion in
the market on why the cold-rolled substrate had a longer lead
time than the actual product.
One buyer said that
the planned outage meant the steelmaker had pushed orders
forward to accommodate its hot-rolled orders, so the wider lead
times made sense. He added that stocking excess inventory was
typical ahead of a planned outage, and with buyers citing
better cold-rolled orders due to a stronger automotive sector,
the company may want to focus on keeping cold-rolled lead times
in line with other mills.
Severstal Dearborn is
a full integrated flat-rolled facility that is capable of
producing 3.7 million tons of hot-rolled steel, 2.1 million
tons of cold rolled, 1.1 million tons of galvanized and
galvannealed sheet and 347,000 tons of electrogalvanized sheet
Columbus, its southern
counterpart, operates two electric-arc furnaces and is capable
of producing 3.4 million tons of hot-rolled steel, 1.5 million
tons of cold rolled and 1.1 million tons of galvanized and
galvannealed sheet annually.