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  • Aluminum shipments off but market upbeat Jan 16, 2014

    U.S. service center aluminum shipments were off slightly last year compared with 2012, although gains in the second half of the year—including December—offset first-half weakness and suggest better times in 2014, service center sources and industry analysts said.

  • ITC keeps duties on cast iron pipe fitting imports Jan 16, 2014

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted unanimously Jan. 16 that revoking an anti-dumping duty order on non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings from China would likely lead to a continuation or recurrence of material injury to the domestic industry, so the duty order will remain in place.

  • ANH Refractories appoints top exececutive Jan 16, 2014

    ANH Refractories Co. has named Stephen M. Delo chairman and chief executive officer.

  • Commerce issues ruling on appliance shelving imports Jan 16, 2014

    In the final results of an anti-dumping duty administrative review of imports of kitchen appliance shelving and racks from China from Sept. 1, 2011, to Aug. 31, 2012, the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) has issued New King Shan (Zhu Hai) Co. Ltd. a weighted-average dumping margin of zero.

  • Rail crash headlines said to mask overall safety statistics Jan 16, 2014

    Recent accidents involving railroad tank cars carrying petroleum products have grabbed headlines, obscuring the safety improvements that North American railroads have achieved over time, rail industry participants said.

  • ITC schedules investigation into steel tie wire imports Jan 15, 2014

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has scheduled a final-phase anti-dumping duty investigation on prestressed concrete steel rail tie wire from China, Mexico and Thailand.

  • Fed mulls options for banks in commodities Jan 15, 2014

    The U.S. Federal Reserve has announced a consultation on the role of banks in physical commodities ahead of a second Senate hearing. If the comments received resemble those presented at a previous hearing, it could signal the forced exit of banks from physical commodities.

  • LME rules changes may fuel ‘invisible’ stocks Jan 15, 2014

    Changes to London Metal Exchange warehouse rules may have the unintended consequence of driving millions of tonnes of aluminum out of exchange-listed sheds and into “invisible” stocks, according to industry observers.

  • Die casters furnish testimony to Senate Jan 15, 2014

    The North American Die Casting Association (Nadca) has submitted formal testimony to the Senate Banking subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, which is looking into the ownership of metals, particularly aluminum, by warehouses and financial institutions.

  • Holiday notice Jan 14, 2014

    AMM’s offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and there will be no issue dated Jan. 21.

  • High P1020 premiums challenge auto: GM Jan 14, 2014

    Aluminum has a big role to play in the automotive market, but high and volatile regional premiums are creating challenges for the industry, a General Motors Co. executive said.

  • Auto suppliers upbeat on near term Jan 14, 2014

    Automotive suppliers remain optimistic about near-term business conditions in January, but expect to face capacity constraints.

  • GM displaying lightweight material in Chevy Stingray Jan 14, 2014

    General Motors Co.’s patent for an aluminum-welding process used on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is one example of how the automaker is driving more of its inventions into real-world applications.

  • Lightweight vehicles focal point at auto show Jan 14, 2014

    Vehicles capable of achieving better fuel economy and lower emissions through the use of lightweight materials, such as aluminum and advanced high-strength steels, were a focal point of this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

  • Canada pushes to improve construction of rail tank cars Jan 14, 2014

    The Canadian government has proposed amending regulations for tank car construction following the recent derailment of a Canadian National Railway Co. (CN Railway) freight train carrying propane and crude oil.

  • Alcoa finishes $300M auto expansion at Iowa facility Jan 14, 2014

    Alcoa Inc. has finished a $300-million expansion at its plant in Davenport, Iowa, aimed at boosting aluminum sheet supplies to the automotive sector.

  • High-strength steel featured in GM’s award-winning truck Jan 13, 2014

    A significant amount of advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) is featured in the Chevrolet Silverado, winner of the Truck of the Year award at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) said Jan. 13.

  • Tesla sticking with aluminum in future autos Jan 13, 2014

    Tesla Motors Inc. plans to continue to use aluminum in future products, a company spokeswoman told AMM Jan. 13 on the sidelines of the North American International Auto Show. "It’s durable, lightweight and very high strength," she said.

  • Metals employment rises in December Jan 13, 2014

    U.S. primary metal producers added 3,700 jobs last month, while employment in the fabricated metal products sector rose by 3,800 workers, according to nonseasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Ford unveils aluminum-bodied F-150 Jan 13, 2014

    Ford Motor Co. unveiled its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Jan. 13.

  • Shiloh taps vp of market strategy Jan 13, 2014

    Brad Tolley has been named vice president of strategy and market development at Shiloh Industries Inc.

  • Rolls-Royce cutting 400 jobs, mostly at Indiana operations Jan 10, 2014

    Rolls-Royce Plc’s plan to cut 400 jobs in its global defense business will mainly affect workers at its U.S. operations.

  • Evraz may temporarily lay off 400 workers Jan 10, 2014

    Evraz Inc. North America could temporarily lay off about 400 workers at its spiral and 24-inch lines and finishing departments at its tubular mill in Regina, Saskatchewan, starting Jan. 20 due to a lack of rail cars to ship out orders.

  • Ellwood to close NC operation Jan 10, 2014

    Ellwood Group Inc. will close its manufacturing operation in Rural Hall, N.C., due to falling market demand for its products.

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