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MARKET REMEDY // Manufacturers are recognizing a gap in the marketplace

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THE GOOD AND THE BAD // Recovery is slow for manufacturers and dealers

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THE FUTURE OF FRACKING // Horizontal drilling boosts U.S. energy production

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TOUGH CUTS // A reduction in defense spending won’t shake the metals market

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RENTERS RUSH IN // Multifamily starts are a bright spot in construction, and all those units need appliances

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KEEP ON TRUCKING // Truckers trim new buys; new CAFE standards loom

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ENGINEERING LIGHTWEIGHT VEHICLES // In 2013, pent-up demand will drive auto sales upward

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BRIGHTER SKIES // Airline manufacturers upgrade fleets, prompting the metals industry to respond

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Businesses approach 2013 with an expectation for increased demand

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DIVERSE DEMAND // The titanium market is on the rebound, led by aerospace and drilling for offshore oil and gas

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MARKET CHALLENGES // The stainless steel industry is faced with nickel price volatility, overcapacity and slow growth

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POSITIVE SENTIMENTS // Upswing in automotive sector helps copper market

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LEAN AND EFFICIENT // Companies have become better prepared to handle market challenges in 2012

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ACCELERATING ALUMINUM // Because of markets like aerospace, automotive, truck and trailer, and oil and gas, aluminum is on an upward trajectory

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A FLAT-LINE FUTURE // A structurally weak economy creates challenges for material demand

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Up, down and somewhere in between // Uncertainty in the supply chain makes managing inventories difficult

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STEADY BUT SLOW // Rail remains steadfast even with the economy, but the future will bring changes

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PUSH FOR POWER // Renewables versus refineries, the energy sector spans from struggles to success

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BUDGET PRESSURE // Minimal impact on metals in 2012 despite a raised debt ceiling and DoD funding cuts

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TAP INTO IT // Mining and agriculture industries move upward while construction remains relatively weak

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