Supply Chain

  • Copper consumer demand strengthens in 2014 Apr 30, 2014

    Lead times for copper products have lengthened this year, with consumer demand showing strength across several end markets.

  • Stebbins succeeds Borick at Superior Apr 30, 2014

    Superior Industries International Inc. has appointed Donald J. Stebbins president and chief executive officer, effective May 5, succeeding Steven J. Borick, who retired at the end of March.

  • Olympic Steel upbeat on sheet prices Apr 30, 2014

    Olympic Steel Inc. is seeing robust flat-rolled pricing following recent supply disruptions in the sector, according to a top executive.

  • MRC Global unit inks supply contract with ConocoPhillips Apr 30, 2014

    MRC Global Inc.’s McJunkin Red Man Corp. subsidiary has signed a five-year contract with ConocoPhillips Co. to supply pipe, valve and fitting (PVF) products for maintenance, repair and operations at the Houston-based company’s operations in the lower 48 states.

  • Boeing reviewing sanctions set on Russian titanium exec Apr 29, 2014

    Boeing Co. is “reviewing” the impact of the U.S. government’s expanded Ukraine-related sanctions against individual Russians that include a top executive of one of its major titanium suppliers.

  • Mergers altering terrain for centers: Immell Apr 29, 2014

    Consolidation in the copper service center industry and price increases by mills have affected the way service centers function, former Copper and Brass Servicenter Association president Scott F. Immell said.

  • Ducommun earnings up; wins role on 737 MAX Apr 29, 2014

    Ducommun Inc. has landed a role as "the sole-source supplier for a titanium assembly" on Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX, chairman and chief executive officer Anthony J. Reardon said during a quarterly earnings conference call.

  • Synalloy to close Bristol Fabrication unit in June Apr 29, 2014

    Synalloy Corp. is closing the Bristol Fabrication unit of its Synalloy Fabrication LLC subsidiary.

  • Winter chills A.M. Castle’s 1st-qtr. results Apr 29, 2014

    A.M. Castle & Co. bled more red ink in the first quarter after being hit by a one-two combination of harsh winter weather and "uneven" economic growth.

  • CBSA unperturbed by MSCI move into copper: Immell Apr 29, 2014

    The Metals Service Center Institute’s (MSCI’s) entrance into the copper and brass industry has not had a major impact on the Copper and Brass Servicenter Association (CBSA).

  • Dollar, gas helped Weber Metals score press Apr 29, 2014

    Otto Fuchs KG’s decision to build a 60,000-ton aerospace forging press at its Weber Metals Inc. unit in California stemmed from the dollar’s dominant role in global aerospace trade, a proximity to abundant supplies of natural gas and a still important U.S. defense market.

  • ATI’s Utah plant to stay below capacity Apr 28, 2014

    Lagging demand from nonaerospace industrial markets means Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) will continue to run its titanium sponge facility below capacity, as the sponge it has already earmarked to achieve a premium-quality rating now goes downstream for melt qualification.

  • Mill Steel to open new Ind. facility Apr 28, 2014

    Mill Steel Co. is opening a new location at the Port of Indiana in Jeffersonville, the company said April 28.

  • L.B. Foster in sales agreement with AlumaBridge Apr 28, 2014

    L.B. Foster Co., Pittsburgh, has signed a deal to be the exclusive North American sales channel for AlumaBridge LLC’s lightweight aluminum bridge decking.

  • Canadian auto parts maker sets up shop in Missouri Apr 28, 2014

    Missouri’s rebounding auto manufacturing sector has added Martinrea Riverside LLC to the growing list of global auto suppliers setting up shop in the state.

  • GrafTech posts net loss in first quarter Apr 25, 2014

    A rationalization initiative calling for the closure of its two highest-cost graphite electrode production facilities, along with lower realized graphite electrode prices due to a global supply imbalance, combined to push GrafTech International Ltd. $11.52 million in the red in the first quarter.

  • ‘Buy American’ pipeline bill urged Apr 25, 2014

    A Minnesota congressman has introduced a bill that would apply "Buy American" requirements on pipelines regulated by the Secretary of Transportation.

  • Canada mandates tank car upgrades Apr 25, 2014

    Canada has ordered the "immediate" removal of 5,000 tank cars from service as part of a series of rulings issued this past week designed to improve safety, according to a spokeswoman for Transport Canada.

  • LME asks US court to dismiss ‘absurd’ aluminum lawsuits Apr 24, 2014

    The London Metal Exchange has asked a U.S. judge to dismiss claims of misconduct related to the aluminum market for a variety of reasons, including that the court lacks jurisdiction over the exchange.

  • Reliance sees trend of rising steel prices Apr 24, 2014

    Steel prices are moving up in the second quarter after swooning midway through the first quarter, according to Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. executives.

  • Reliance's aeropace plate outlook improves Apr 24, 2014

    Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.’s second-quarter results were dinged by Midwest premium volatility and pressure on aluminum plate prices as a result of import competition and an aerospace supply chain glut.

  • Boeing ready for 'unlikely' titanium disruption Apr 24, 2014

    Boeing Co. says it is prepared for a worst-case scenario that political events in eastern Europe could disrupt its titanium supply chain.

  • Scrap veteran William F. Sullivan dies at 85 Apr 24, 2014

    William F. Sullivan, chief executive officer of William F. Sullivan Co. Inc., died April 23 at his home in West Springfield, Mass. He was 85.

  • Voestalpine starts output at US auto parts plant Apr 23, 2014

    Voestalpine Group has begun producing high-strength steel auto components at its $70-million Voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. subsidiary in Cartersville, Ga.

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