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January 2009

2009 Service Center Outlook Survey
Service Centers Give
Year Ahead a Big Thumbs-Down
At just 3.5, this year’s MCN Optimism Index shows a dramatic decline from years past.

Hot-Dipped Takes a Bath in Late ’08
As in other segments of the steel industry, demand for galvanized steel plummeted in the fourth quarter of 2008. Industry experts don’t expect much improvement through the first half of the New Year.

Nickel, Titanium Users ‘Running Off the Cliff’
Despite serving some of the stronger end-use markets, suppliers of high-performance metals are feeling the effects of the recession, too.

2008 Year in Review...
Year with a Split Personality

Hard to believe a year could start so positively and finish so poorly.

...2009 Year in Preview
Year in Search of Clarity

Steel consumption came to a screeching halt during the fourth quarter, prompting drastic cutbacks in production and expected losses for steelmakers. Where will the steel market go during the early part of 2009?

From the Editor's Desk
It’s Not All Bad, If You
Know Where to Look
By Tim Triplett,

Business Topics
M&A Activity Downshifts in Touch Economy
By John Jazwinski,
February 2015: Oilfield Chaos Triggers Grief for OCTG Market
February 2015: AWMI Panel: 'Expect a Challenging Year'
Summer 2014
Trumpf Expands Range on TruMark 5000 Series
Koike Aronson Debuts New Plasma Cutter
Miyachi Unitek's Sigma XY
New TMC is Messer's Largest Cutting Machine
Laserdyne 795 XLZ Designed for 3D Parts
Mazak's STX Champion Cuts Thick Sheets
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2014 Metal Distribution Directory  
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Metal Center News' Spring Metal Distribution Directory is your on-line guide to Metal Producers, Equipment Manufacturers and Software companies.  

2014 Directory of Master Distributors
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The Metal Center News Directory of Master Distributors—distributors who sell to other distributors—is an invaluable tool for service centers seeking new sources for special or hard-to-find products. Master distributors play an important role in the marketplace, giving service centers an alternative to buying in mill quantities and helping to remove redundant and excess inventories from the distribution channel.

2014 Directory of Toll Processors
(Not Published on This Web site)
Metal Center News' annual toll processing directory is a simple-to-use resource to help companies locate service providers that can meet their specific processing needs.

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