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More timely steel casting demand indicator? | May 23, 2013

Future Demand for steel Castings

At the SFSA lunch meeting at the AFS CastExpo in St Louis this year, the members asked if we could develop a more timely and current indicator of economic activity related to steel casting demand.

Steel mill production appears to lead, at least in the extreme market conditions of 2008 to 2010, steel casting activity. AISI not only publishes monthly steel mill shipments and production but also weekly mill production. The weekly production could provide an insight into future market conditions for steel casting producers.

The increases in steel mill production for the past six months suggest that steel casting demand should begin to improve in the near future.


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I'm the executive vice president for a steel casting trade association, the Steel Founders' Society of America. I've got a crazy wife, five crazy children, three crazy people that married into the family, and two crazy fun little grandsons.

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