Metal prices are all over the map
February 3, 2010
One of the challenges of the water and wastewater marketplace over the last few years has been the high volatility of metal prices. Aluminum, for instance, fell by almost two-thirds, then nearly doubled again
-- all within a span of about 18 months. This instability has made it difficult to predict where prices are headed in the long term, and it's not limited to aluminum. Other metals, like copper and cast iron, have also had wildly variable pricing swings. Considering that the basic price of metal can be the main input cost for a product like a pump
or a sluice gate
, it has become unusually challenging to estimate the costs of products more than a few months in advance.
last revised February 2010