Author: Scott Thompson

Marketing & Business Analyst at United Pipe & Steel Corp.

New PVC Pipe List Price Sheet: 9/4/20

PVC Pipe mills have been subject to significant PVC resin cost increases over the last four months, which resulted in as many new list price sheets during that time. With major PVC resin producers declaring force majeure after Hurricane Laura, the PVC supply chain has been further restricted. With the cost of raw materials going […]

Copper Closes Over $3.00 Four Times This Week, Market Updates

Copper rose $.05 on Monday, 8/31 to a $3.04 close, and closed over $.03 again on Tuesday, 9/1 at $3.01. Copper closed at $3.00 on 9/2, and $3.04 on 9/4. Update, 9/8: Copper closed at $3.01 Continuing Upward Trend We’re in the second month of a sustained upward trend for Copper. Back in March, immediately […]

Hurricane Laura’s Impact on PVC Manufacturing

This past week, Hurricane Laura severely damaged parts of Louisiana where a large amount of PVC resin is produced. Many PVC Pipe mills are supplied from resin producers in this area. The aftermath is being assessed and PVC manufacturers are disclosing damages and timelines for repairs.  This disruption in the supply chain joins other challenges […]

Monday: New Domestic Steel List Price Sheet

Domestic Steel pipe mills have announced that due to the cost and availability of raw materials, they will be implementing the following cost increases: 1/2” – 4” Continuous Weld Pipe (Surethread) – 5% 2” – 18” Grade B ERW Pipe – 5% 1” – 8” Sprinkler Pipe – 5% We will move to a new […]

Hurricane Laura and the PVC Supply Chain

A potentially large hurricane, being called Laura, is currently moving toward the Gulf Coast. There’s a lot of PVC-related manufacturing and infrastructure located in Laura’s path. This development has the potential to disrupt the PVC supply chain, which has already been experiencing tightness related to Covid-19 stoppages. What’s Happening, How We’re Preparing We’re currently preparing […]

What’s Been Happening With Copper Recently

Copper has been very volatile this week, even after sustained increases over the past few months. See our COMEX chart for historical data. 8/24/20 Update:  New List Price Sheet Earlier this week, Copper was on a $.26 rise from $2.85 to $3.11, Monday through Wednesday. There was even talk of a new price sheet. From […]

PVC Pipe Increase, New Sheet 8/18/20

PVC Pipe mills have announced that due to continued cost increases of PVC resin, they have implemented a price increase effective immediately. This comes at a time of increased demand for PVC Pipe, but following a period of decreased PVC resin production due to Covid-related stoppages in the previous few months. This is the fourth […]

PVC Pipe Delivery From United Pipe & Steel

New List Price Sheet, PVC Resin Market Update

PVC pipe mills have just announced that due to the rising cost of PVC resin, which you can read more about below, an increase of about 5% will be applied to the following products: PVC Schedule 40 PVC Foam Core PVC Schedule 80 List price sheets are available here on our website. Our new list […]

New Copper, PVC List Price Sheets

Due to the rise in raw material costs, Copper tube mills have announced a new list price dated July 14, 2020 which we will be putting into effect tomorrow, July 15th. You can see this sheet here on our website. Enter your multiplier in the Excel sheet to see individual list prices. For more information […]

Copper Tube Products at Merfish United

What’s Happening With Copper in Summer 2020

“It’s no coincidence that global copper prices and Chilean Covid-19 cases are rising together.” -Bloomberg The Copper market has been very volatile during the summer of 2020. Over the past 30 days, Copper has been on an sustained upward trend. This can be attributed to, among other things; the rebound in demand across the world, […]