Steel Mill Lead Times are Shrinking

Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:15 PM Written by 
Published in SMU Mill Lead Times

Flat rolled lead times have been shrinking over the past eight weeks according to the results of this week's SMU Flat Rolled Steel Market Trends questionnaire. Buyers and sellers of flat rolled steel are reporting shorter lead times than what we measured at the beginning of May and lead times on all products are much shorter than what we saw one year ago.

Shorter lead times are one of the keys when viewing future steel pricing. The shorter the lead time the more pressure on flat rolled steel pricing.


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John Packard

John Packard is the President and Publisher of Steel Market Update. Since 1977, he has been an active participant in the flat rolled steel business in North America. His background provides the unique flavor and quality of Steel Market Update. John has held positions in the service center, steel mill and trading company segments of the flat rolled steel industry. John founded Steel Market Update, Inc. in August 2008. John can be reached via email at: or by phone: 800-432-3475.

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