Carbon steel fittings & flanges report: January 2019
A number of factors continue to push fitting and flange prices higher. Demand remained steady in the U.S. as upstream and downstream petroleum activity increased year-over-year. In addition, tariff and anti-dumping supply risk added to price stability.
The U.S. Producer Price Index for fittings hit an all-time high in November at 190.5. The index has been steadily increasing since May of 2018.
In addition, the government shutdown put a temporary hold on certain state and federal infrastructure projects, some of which could have impacted a small amount of flange and fittings demand, and the impact may continue through the first half of 2019.
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