US structural tubing prices up again; market hazy on mill price increases

Prices for domestically produced structural tubing in the United States rose for the third week in a row after tube mills announced a second round of price increases, although sources were unclear on how much of that increase would be accepted by the market.

Fastmarkets’ weekly price assessment for steel hollow sections ASTM A500 Grade B domestic, fob mill US rose to a new range of $860-900 per short ton ($43-45 per hundredweight) on Thursday November 14, up from $840-880 per ton on November 7. Market participants were not in alignment on the impact of the second round of $40-per-ton increases by tube mills in less than a month, which mirrored two rounds of price increases by steel sheet producers.  “There is going to be more and more momentum for the price increases to be sustained, once the price protection wears off,” a southern distributor said. In their late-October and...


Grace Lavigne Asenov

November 15, 2019

23:29 GMT

New York