Conard's Photo Etching Blog

Planning Ahead- Now More than Ever

Posted by Kathleen Stillman on Sep 8, 2021 12:00:20 PM

How long can it take?

I have had to deliver some displeasing news to a number of customers of late.  Metal lead times have gone crazy: phos bronze-40 weeks; 321 stainless 22 weeks; a variety of copper alloys are running 10-20 weeks.  We used to be able to get custom rolled strip in 6-8 weeks; but now the re-rollers can't get the feed stock.  I have been begging and pleading with customers to get on the ball and get stuff ordered so we can--at least-- get in the queue for metal. And, don't think that a "rated" order is going to help you.  The mills have all of the "rated" orders already.  Yours is just another in a long line.

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Topics: economic recovery

The recovery is in our hands

Posted by Kathleen Stillman on Apr 15, 2021 7:47:20 AM

It was just a decade or so ago that...

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Topics: metal etching, COVID-19, economic recovery