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Steel procurement

Depending on the project scale, there are three main purchase options for structural steel sections and plates in the New Zealand market. The first and second ex-stock supply options are normally more costly than the third indent supply option because of overhead costs such as handling, storage and financing. Other issues such as steel quality levels should also be considered. Sometimes it is better to pay a little more for quality products from known reputable suppliers rather than risk poor end application performance. There are also fluctuations in demand and supply around the world that can affect availability and price.

Ex-stock New Zealand

The major merchants (Fletcher Easysteel, H.J. Asmuss, Steel&Tube, and Vulcan Steel) normally hold around 20,000 tonnes of structural sections, 12,000 tonnes of plate. In addition they hold angles, flats and ancillary products required by fabricators. Small volumes ex-stock of structural steel can be purchased directly from these merchants. Delivery is between 1 to 2 days depending on delivery and location requirements.

Ex-stock overseas

If the desired structural steel sections and plate are not currently available locally, the merchants would source ex-stock from the major stockists in Australia , Singapore or Hong Kong. Australian steel mills: Onesteel, Bluescope and Smorgon, hold small quantities of many sizes in stock and have sufficient rolling schedules so that the supply can be "prompt". Singapore stockists normally hold up to 80,000 tonnes of structural steel in stock so that most products are available. It typically takes about 4 to 5 weeks from order for delivery to the main ports in New Zealand.

Ex-mill or indent

When the required supply quantity of product exceeds the local and overseas ex-stock levels; or when the customer is willing to forgo immediate delivery in favour of indent pricing, then mill or indent supply becomes the third option. The delivery time depends on the mill location and product type. For example, most main products can be produced within 75 days from order to wharf delivery. This includes procurement from places such as Thailand, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Europe. The delivery is about 4 months overall (14-16 weeks) including the 4 weeks shipping time. However, some products such as structural pipe can be up to 6 months from order to receipt.                 

Custom welded sections can be sourced within New Zealand (Steltech) within 4 to 6 weeks of order.

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New Zealand merchant contact details:

Company Contact Phone Fax Email
H J Asmuss & Co Ltd   Grant Bradford
Chief Executive
09 573 344   09 573 5590
Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd  Peter Donohue
Procurement Manager
04 570 5000 04 566 7971
Alrite Steel & Services NZ Ltd  Bhaskar Sharma
09 270 2008  09 270 2009
Fletcher Easysteel Ltd Neil Watson
Marketing Manager
09 270 4382
Primero Profiles Vaughn Clark
Managing Director
09 573 3044
Vulcan Steel Ken Collin
NZ Distribution
09 273 7214 09 273 7219
United Steel Ryk Kleynhans
09 274 5535

New Zealand mill contact details:

Company Contact Phone Fax Email
Liberty OneSteel NZ Ltd  Craig Taylor
Sales Manager
09 820 4048   09 820 4292
Steltech Structural Ltd Brad Stark
09 267 3875 09 266 3080
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