Supply Chain

  • American Suzuki files Ch. 11, halts auto sales Nov 06, 2012

    American Suzuki Motor Corp., the sole distributor in the continental United States of Suzuki Motor Corp. automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and marine outboard engines, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in an attempt to restructure its business.

  • Class-action suit proposed vs. Hyundai, Kia Nov 06, 2012

    Auto consumers filed a legal complaint against Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. over the weekend in response to the South Korean automakers’ announcement that they provided inaccurate fuel consumption information for more than 1.07 million vehicles sold in the United States and Canada.

  • Benoit Machine acquired for $91.5M Nov 06, 2012

    Steel tubular threading firm and service provider Benoit Machine LLC has been acquired by Steel Service Oilfield Tubular Inc., Japan’s JFE Steel Corp. and Kanematsu Corp. for $91.5 million.

  • Commerce clears Chinese firms of dumping valves Nov 06, 2012

    The Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) has determined in an anti-dumping duty administrative review of imports of front-seating service valves from China that Zhejiang DunAn Hetian Metal Co. Ltd. and Zhejiang Sanhua Co. Ltd. did not make sales in the United States at below normal value between April 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011.

  • Nissan lowers 2012 outlook as earnings decline Nov 06, 2012

    Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. boosted both production volumes and sales in North America during the first half of its fiscal year.

  • TransCanada wins $1.4B in Mexico pipeline projects Nov 06, 2012

    TransCanada Corp.’s Mexican subsidiary has been awarded a $400-million contract to build, own and operate a pipeline in Mexico just days after receiving the green light for a separate $1-billion pipeline in the country, the energy company said.

  • Flack Steel expands sales force Nov 06, 2012

    Flack Steel Ltd. has named industry veterans Andy Kleinheider and Troy Langenderfer to its Midwest sales force.

  • Ball’s packaging head to retire Nov 06, 2012

    Ball Corp. executive vice president and chief operating officer of global packaging Raymond Seabrook will retire at year-end, with Gerrit Heske and Michael Feldser set to take over his responsibilities.

  • Japanese auto parts maker to pay $17.7M fine Nov 06, 2012

    A Japanese producer of auto heater control panels will pay a $17.7-million fine for its role in an alleged conspiracy to fix prices for panels installed in vehicles sold in the United States and elsewhere.

  • ADF Group heads west with steel complex Nov 05, 2012

    ADF Group Inc. will begin construction of a $24-million structural steel fabrication complex in Great Falls, Mont., in spring 2013, setting the steel fabricator up for growth in western markets, the company announced Monday.

  • Toyota production, earnings up sharply in 6-month period Nov 05, 2012

    Toyota Motor Corp.’s sales increased by 45 percent in the first half of its fiscal year, revenue rose 36 percent and net income soared nearly sevenfold—a significant turnaround from a year ago, when the automaker was ravaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

  • Hickman, Williams appoints vp Nov 05, 2012

    Hickman, Williams & Co. has named David Gelwicks vice president and chief operating officer.

  • Steel buyers maintain stocks as demand stalls Nov 05, 2012

    Flat-rolled steel buyers continue to keep a tight lid on their inventory levels amid flat demand, even as some producers become "aggressive" in their push to move tons, distributor and processor sources told AMM.

  • Metals industry employment flat in Oct. Nov 05, 2012

    Employment at U.S. metal producers held steady in October, with 406,400 people working in the industry (not seasonally adjusted), according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • AMM pricing database updated Nov 05, 2012

    Due to a server disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy, the pricing database at was not fully updated between Oct. 29 and Nov. 4. Server service has since been restored and the pricing database has been updated retroactively.

  • Commerce reviewing steel hanger imports Nov 05, 2012

    The Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration is conducting a third administrative review of an anti-dumping duty order on imports of steel wire garment hangers from China from Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2011.

  • ITC to vote on silicon cell imports Nov 05, 2012

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will vote Wednesday in the final phase of an anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigation into imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules from China.

  • US drilling slides as Canada up Nov 05, 2012

    The number of drill rigs running in the United States fell by 26 last week, led by Texas (down 20), while Canadian drilling activity increased by 13 rigs compared with the previous week.

  • Manufacturing grows, but economy still fragile Nov 02, 2012

    Economic activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in October for the second consecutive month, with the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) purchasing managers’ index inching up one-fifth of a point to 51.7 percent.

  • Part of Bucyrus equipment distribution business sold Nov 02, 2012

    Whayne Supply Co. and Cecil I. Walker Machinery Co. have acquired Caterpillar Inc.’s Bucyrus equipment distribution and support business in their territories.

  • Hunting grows US presence as Gulf drilling gains steam Nov 02, 2012

    Hunting Plc continues to expand its manufacturing business in the United States, the company said Thursday in an interim management report.

  • Mechanical Pipe & Supply files Ch. 11 Nov 02, 2012

    Mechanical Pipe & Supply LP has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing metals and pipe suppliers among its biggest unsecured creditors.

  • Auto sales dip in Oct. as storm crimps activity Nov 02, 2012

    Sales by the top seven U.S. automakers totaled 925,028 light vehicles in October, a 5.8-percent improvement from a year earlier but a 9-percent slide from 1,016,420 vehicles in September.

  • ITA opens door for administrative review requests Nov 02, 2012

    The Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) is offering interested parties the opportunity to request administrative reviews of various duty orders.

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