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  • Metal shipments delayed by severe weather Jan 30, 2014

    Snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures have delayed metal product shipments by up to five days in some regions, especially around the Great Lakes, and transportation and logistics companies expect they won’t be able to make up for lost business due to customer facility closures.

  • New F-150 will mean longer summer shutdowns at Ford Jan 30, 2014

    Ford Motor Co. will shut down two U.S. plants for a combined 13 weeks this summer, executives said during the automaker’s Jan. 28 earnings conference call.

  • ThyssenKrupp nixes open house Jan 30, 2014

    ThyssenKrupp Materials NA Inc. has canceled a Jan. 30 open house for its new service center in Woodstock, Ala., due to extreme weather conditions in the area.

  • Aluar to keep receiving gas amid contract negotiations Jan 29, 2014

    Aluminio Argentino Saic (Aluar), Argentina’s sole primary aluminum producer, will continue receiving its usual gas supply from Pan American Energy LLC (PAE) as the two companies negotiate tariffs.

  • Mexico service centers see demand picking up Jan 29, 2014

    This year looks bright for Mexican steel service centers, underscored by strong demand in the automotive, aerospace and energy sectors, as some try to remain upbeat after a 2013 that was less than rosy.

  • Metals mixed on State of the Union address Jan 29, 2014

    Expectations among the nation’s metals and manufacturing sectors that President Obama, in his fifth State of the Union address, would announce and set in motion a game plan targeting their shared objectives in the international trade, energy, tax, infrastructure and environmental arenas were modest at best. And they were met.

  • Winter storm puts some operations on ice Jan 29, 2014

    A major winter storm has caused metal production outages, port closures and a reported overall reduction in trading activity across the South and Midwest.

  • Mining equipment sales to fall in ’14: Caterpillar Jan 29, 2014

    Sales of heavy-duty, high-capacity trucks and other mining equipment continue to lag as miners squeeze more production out of existing assets and are slow to invest in replacements—and it’s hard to say how long the trend will persist, Caterpillar Inc. executives said during a Jan. 27 earnings conference call.

  • Alliance Steel expanding into northern Ala. Jan 29, 2014

    Alliance Steel LLC plans to open a service center in Decatur, Ala., to strengthen its presence in the region.

  • Distributors’ buying will stay cautious Jan 29, 2014

    Caution will continue to be the byword for managing steel inventories in light of unpredictable price movements, according to service center executives.

  • Boeing’s build rate for 787 plane up to 10 per month Jan 29, 2014

    Boeing Co. has increased the build rate on its titanium-heavy 787 Dreamliner to 10 airplanes per month, the "highest ever" for a twin-aisle aircraft, the company said in a statement.

  • Caterpillar top exec expects energy sector to stay strong Jan 29, 2014

    The energy industry continues to be a solid consumer of heavy equipment and expectations are for steady demand growth, according to Caterpillar Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Douglas R. Oberhelman.

  • Ford assisting with F-150 aluminum repair costs Jan 29, 2014

    Ford Motor Co. is looking to help its dealerships reduce costs associated with repairing lightweight aluminum alloy following the introduction of its 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck.

  • Extrusions duty-evasion allegations denied Jan 28, 2014

    A Chinese aluminum extrusions producer and U.S. shower-enclosure companies are fighting federal accusations that they falsified documents to avoid anti-dumping duties.

  • US remains top oil and gas investment destination in ’14 Jan 28, 2014

    The United States remains the top investment destination for global oil and gas companies this year, according to a survey of more than 400 industry executives by Norwegian oil and gas advisory firm DNV GL Group.

  • Distributors analyze import price impact Jan 28, 2014

    Steel distributors questioned the sustainability of today’s high flat-rolled steel prices in the face of current import volumes, as well as estimates of tonnages yet to come.

  • Additive manufacturing has limited uses, PCC exec says Jan 27, 2014

    Additive manufacturing has its uses, but so far they are primarily in rapid prototyping rather than full-scale output, Precision Castparts Corp.’s (PCC’s) top executive said.

  • Steel distributors expect demand uptick for '14 Jan 27, 2014

    The owners of five distribution companies told AMM they expect flat-rolled steel demand to grow between 1 and 5 percent across all end-use markets in 2014 compared with last year.

  • Steel distributors discuss cold weather impact Jan 27, 2014

    As the nation braces for a possible polar vortex No. 2, five steel distributors discussed the impact of extreme weather and possible contingency planning at a roundtable in Detroit Jan. 23.

  • Metal producers asked to conserve power Jan 27, 2014

    Some aluminum producers are monitoring gas power consumption as the latest cold snap to hit the United States has seen companies with interruptible power or gas contracts put on notice of possible supply cuts.

  • Order delays suppress PCC earnings Jan 24, 2014

    Unexpected customer demands to postpone deliveries near the end of Precision Castparts Corp.’s (PCC’s) fiscal third quarter helped push the company’s financial results below Wall Street forecasts.

  • Distributors wary of bullish stainless outlook Jan 24, 2014

    Stainless steel service centers and distributors agree that MSCI figures for 2013 indicate the market has improved from 2012, but remain wary of such figures suggesting further improvement in 2014.

  • Penn Stainless teams up with Lehigh University Jan 24, 2014

    Specialty metals distributor Penn Stainless Products Inc. has teamed up with Lehigh University to provide metal consumers with access to the expertise of Lehigh’s Materials Science and Engineering Department.

  • USTR invites comment on Chinese anti-dumping appeal Jan 24, 2014

    The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office said that comments should be submitted by Feb. 14 on China’s Dec. 3 request for consultations with the United States at the World Trade Organization on anti-dumping measures on various products.

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