Service Centers

As a service center member, your company has multiple options when considering how to access the data in the Metals Activity Report. Those options are described on this page.

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Mills/Producers

As a producer member, your company has several options when considering how to access the data in the Metals Activity Report. Those options are described on this page.

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Affiliates

As an affiliate member, your company has several options when considering how to access the data in the Metals Activity Report. Those options are described on this page.

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Press Releases

The Metals Activity Report from MSCI is released only monthly to member companies. As a member of the press you are welcome to download and the information in our monthly Metals Activity Report press release:

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Publication Calendar

Report Month Approximate Release
Members & Press
Approximate Release
Subscribers
Ship Days
U.S.
Ship Days
Canada
January 02/15/17 02/16/17 21 21
February 03/15/17 03/16/17 20 20
March 04/18/17 04/19/17 23 23
April 05/16/17 05/17/17 19 19
May 06/16/17 06/19/17 22 22
June 07/19/17 07/20/17 22 22
July 08/16/17 08/17/17 20 20
August 09/19/17 09/20/17 23 22
September 10/17/17 10/18/17 20 20
October 11/15/17 11/16/17 22 21
November 12/18/17 12/19/17 21 21
December 01/17/18 01/18/18 20 19

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Learn More About the Metals Activity Report

Why is MAR an Invaluable Resource?

The MSCI Metals Activity Report (MAR) is an indispensible monthly analysis of metals shipments and inventories for intelligent strategic and tactical planning. The report’s accuracy and timeliness are respected and widely used throughout the industry as well as by analysts at major banks and the Federal Reserve.

MAR Trends and External Data Validation

This document shows graphically the close nature of the relationships between MAR service center shipment data trends and external data such as GDP, the Industrial Production Index for Fabricated Metals from the Federal Reserve, and metals producer shipment data.

MAR Product Definitions

Service Centers: How to Join the MAR Survey

MSCI member companies submitting data to the Metals Activity Report data program are part of an industry-wide effort to publish timely, accurate and economically significant information to the metals industry and other interested parties, including the Federal Reserve Board. Becoming a survey participant is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Participating in the monthly Metals Activity Report survey brings additional information to your company along with significant responsibilities. MSCI wishes to publish industry data that is best in class so participation requires a significant commitment from your company in terms of data accuracy, consistency and timeliness.

Download the User Guide to MAR Graphs

Download the Guide to Seasonal Adjustment

The MAR reports include shipment data that has been seasonally adjusted like most government and industry data. Seasonal adjustment is the process of estimating and removing seasonal effects from a time series in order to better reveal non-seasonal features. Examples of seasonal effects include a July drop in automobile production as factories retool for new models or increases in heating oil production during September in anticipation of the winter heating season. The process may also estimate and remove trading day (business or shipping day) effects and moving holiday effects during the seasonal adjustment process.

More than 100+ years strong, broadest-based, not-for-profit association serving the industrial metals industry

Who is MSCI?

More than 100+ years strong, the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) is the broadest-based, not-for-profit association serving the industrial metals industry. As the premier metals trade association, MSCI provides vision and voice to the metals industry, along with the tools and perspective necessary for a more successful business. We offer our service centers, producing mills and affiliate members an impressive array of highlevel programs and services. Our goal is to meet your needs for knowledge and thought leadership, provide data and education for operational efficiency, promote industry advocacy, and create a marketplace for efficient transactions, debate, discussion and learning.

Today’s Metal’s Service Center Institute

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) is a trade association that supports and represents the most elements of the metals value chain, including metals producers, distributors, and processors and, to a lesser extent, the interests of metals users. Because its primary membership consists of metals service centers – businesses that inventory and distribute metals for industrial customers and perform firststage processing – MSCI is ideally situated to identify and respond to the networking, educational, public policy, and research needs of the entire metals community, and not just a narrow portion of it.

Members
400
Chapters
32
Awards
120
Years Served
100+

Our Mission

MSCI’s mission is to promote the profitability and health of the metals industry and its role in the North American value chain. We offer high quality information, strong networking opportunities, thought leadership, executive education and development training programs, metals-oriented public policy and advocacy programs, as well as timely statistics on metals product, metals service center performance, downstream metals user markets, and the economy as a whole. MSCI’s focus and investment is best summarized by NEAR: Networking, Education, Advocacy, and Research.

From the Beginning of Time

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) is a trade association that supports and represents the most elements of the metals value chain, including metals producers, distributors, and processors and, to a lesser extent, the interests of metals users. Because its primary membership consists of metals service centers – businesses that inventory and distribute metals for industrial customers and perform firststage processing – MSCI is ideally situated to identify and respond to the networking, educational, public policy, and research needs of the entire metals community, and not just a narrow portion of it.