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Lead Times Extended 2 Weeks

If you recall, in my last blog, I advised all that Lead Times are on the rise and to get your orders in sooner than later. Kudo’s to those that listened and sent in their orders. To those of you that have waited, well…..it’s not looking good. Rathbone is currently extending the lead time by 2 weeks on most orders. Please note that this is in addition to the raw stock lead time which have been on the rise for awhile.

The Rathbone Team is doing what they can do to get orders produced as quick as possible. However, I can not stress enough to get your orders in as soon as possible. Are you working on a project for 2022, it’s not to early to call us to review how profiles will save time and money.

If you should have any questions, comments or concerns, give Rathbone Precision Metals a call @ 413-283-8968

Rathbone Precision Metals, Inc. is a premier producer of custom cold rolled and cold drawn profiles since 1905. We are located in Palmer MA USA and can be reached @ 413-283-8961 or sales@rathboneprofiles.com

Waiting only makes it worse!!

The talk of the town last year at this time was the Covid Virus and while it is still a topic, supply chain/logistics issues is the current challenge for most companies today. While we all have supply/logistic challenges, the award probably goes to those companies who have container/product on the Ever Given, which is still in the Suez Canal. Either way, the challenges we encounter are not making any ones life’s easier and if I had any hair to pull out, I would be tugging on it.

I know I have said this a few thousand times (okay – maybe not that many), “Get Your Orders in Sooner than Later” and this is more true today than ever before. Lead times for raw stock are still on the rise along with late shipments, so much for JIT. And then there are the specialty raw stock materials, which not only have longer lead times, but in some cases the material is no longer available domestically. If you want to get your order when you need it, I suggest giving Rathbone a call to discuss any supply/logistics issues. Another benefit to ordering sooner – better pricing. With prices constantly on the rise, the sooner we can process your order means the more money you will save. A friendly reminder is to ask about volume discounts when placing your order, ordering a few more pounds could save you money.

If you should have any questions, comments or concerns, give Rathbone Precision Metals a call @ 413-283-8968

Rathbone Precision Metals, Inc. is a premier producer of custom cold rolled and cold drawn profiles since 1905. We are located in Palmer MA USA and can be reached @ 413-283-8961 or sales@rathboneprofiles.com

Challenges of 2021 Continue

While the 1st Quarter of 2021 has come to a close, the challenges of the cold work industry continue. The costs of raw material and associated surcharges continues to climb. In addition, the lead time to acquire raw stock is extending along with some grades not being available. We continue to expect raw material lead times and costs to increase as the economy improves.

While most of these items are beyond the control of Rathbone Precision Metals, we want to do what we can to work with you during these challenging times. We cannot stress enough that you review your profile requirements and order 4-8 weeks sooner than your normally would. Do not hesitate to call us for current pricing and lead times for your profiles.

Thank you again for your business and please contacts us with any questions or concerns you may have.
The Rathbone Team

Cold Draw Raw Material Prices on the Rise

Hope everyone’s 2021 is getting off to a good start. As I had mentioned previously, I was hearing rumblings of price increases in the metal market and suggested people get their orders in. Well, the rumor mills were right as I have already received about a half dozen notices of price increases. I can only strongly suggest, that if you were going to place an order in Q1-21, then I suggest sooner than later, if you want to save money.

Rathbone has been serving the cold roll and cold draw industry for over 100 years. Call or email for your free quote.