Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

Another hectic week for me as I travel to Chicago on Monday and Tuesday. I will be in the office on Wednesday, Thursday and part of the day on Friday before flying to London where I will be visiting CRU offices on Oct. 28, participating in the CRU Breakfast at the British Museum on the 29th as part of LME Week, and then the CRU 50th Anniversary Celebration at the House of Lords on the 30th. I will not return to the office until Monday, Nov. 4.

I am speaking to the North American Steel Alliance on Monday afternoon. During my presentation I will discuss many of the SMU proprietary indices including our pricing indices, Sentiment Index, Mill Lead Times and Mill Negotiations, Service Center Spot Pricing and what this means for the market, Demand Index and our SMU Service Center Inventories & Shipments Analysis. I am looking forward to speaking to NASA for the first time.

John Packard Summit 18If you would like me to speak to your organization or company, please feel free to contact me at and I can advise what my schedule looks like, costs involved and any other details that would be of interest to you.

Our next highly recommended and industry acclaimed Steel 101: Introduction to Steel Making & Market Fundamentals workshop will be held in Ontario, Calif., on Jan. 7-8, 2020. We have a strong group of instructors including two metallurgists: Roger Walburn of NLMK USA and Chuck McDaniel who was with Bethlehem Sparrows Point (and all of the other names associated with the company prior to its demise as RG Steel). We also have a purchasing professional in Mario Briccetti and sales professional in Sandy Simon. Rounding out the crew is yours truly with my 42 years of experience in the service center, steel mills, trading company and now analytical segments of the industry. You can learn more about our unique program, which includes a tour of the California Steel Industries steel mill in Fontana, Calif., on our website: If you have any questions, we are here to answer them. Send all questions to

I enjoyed speaking to many of our members at the Metalcon Show this past week in Pittsburgh. I hadn’t attended Metalcon in a few years, so it was good to reconnect with those involved in the metal building, roofing and related industries. Thank you for stopping by our booth and talking to either myself or Paige Mayhair who handles sales for SMU.

If you have questions regarding renewals, upgrading your account, adding more members by taking advantage of the new regional and global pricing options we have, or if you just have questions, please contact Paige at or by phone at 724-720-1012.

We will begin our mid-October flat rolled and plate steel market analysis on Monday morning, Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. If you did not get an invitation, check your SPAM folder. If you do get an invitation, all you have to do is answer the first question located at the end of the invite email and you will then be redirected to the rest of the questionnaire. We currently are inviting 480 individuals from about 460 companies to participate in our twice-monthly analysis. If you would like to be added to our invite list, or have questions about the survey, please contact or myself at

As always, your business is truly appreciated by all of us here at Steel Market Update.

John Packard, President & CEO

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What's the tea in the steel industry this week? Here's the latest SMU gossip column! Just kidding... kind of. Yes, some of the comments we receive in our weekly flat-rolled market steel buyers' survey are honestly too much to put into print. Some make us laugh. Some make us cringe. Some are cryptic. Most are serious. We appreciate them all. Below are some highlights from our survey results this week. Some of the comments that we can share with you are also included, in italics, in the buyers' own words, with minimal editing on our part.