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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,
May 2016: An Unwelcome Guest at Aluminum's Party
May 2016: Flat-Roll Market's Tightening Up
Fall 2015: Cutting & Sawing Equipment
Summer 2015
Butech Bliss Multi-Blanking Line Handles High-Strength Steel
Bradbury Group: Athader's Double Eccentric Slitter Head Eliminates Movement
FIMI Lines Slit Steel, Aluminum
Red Bud Industries, Offers Heavy-Gauge Slitters
Cosen's MechaLogix System Monitors Blade Life
Behringer Band Saw Designed for Fast Material Removal
Pat Mooney: Danobat Band Saw Has Zone Cut Technology
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Metal Distribution Directory  
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Directory of Master Distributors
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Directory of Toll Processors
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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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