media release

Date: June 20, 2019
Contact: Courtney Karr, Director of Marketing and Education, + 913.396.0697

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CBSA Announces Expanded Service Center Membership Categories


Overland Park, KS - Since its founding in 1951, the Copper and Brass Servicenter Association (CBSA) has been dedicated to the success of its members in the red metals industry. As the supply chain continues to evolve, so is the association.

Expanded Service Center Membership Categories
CBSA leadership recently approved expanding the existing Service Center member category to four categories:

• Service Center – for companies that derive no more than 20 percent of sales from the fabrication of copper and/or copper alloy mill products.
• Service Center/Fabricator – for companies that derive between 21-49 percent of sales from the fabrication of copper and/or copper alloy mill products.
• Fabricator/Service Center – for companies that derive between 50-79 percent of sales from the fabrication of copper and/or copper alloy mill products.
• Fabricator – for companies that derive more than 80 percent of sales from the fabrication of copper and/or copper alloy mill products.

Fabrication vs. Value-added
Services Fabrication and value-added services are defined as:

• Fabrication services include stamping, brake-forming, joining (solder/weld), spinning, water jet (custom formats), blanking/notching (custom formats), drilling, machining, forging, joining (welding) and bending.
• Value-added services include cut-to-size, slitting, shearing, sawing, water jet (typical formats), leveling, edge conditioning, pancake, traverse, oscillate, multicoil, hot dip, electro, reflow, brushing, polishing and masking.

The proposed changes do not affect service center members engaged in value-added services.

Why are we evolving?
• CBSA leadership spent a year studying the market and CBSA members and surveyed members many times.
• The hypothesis was that the red metals service center of today is vastly different than it was 15 years ago and the association needed to evolve to reflect the supply chain to best provide service to its members.
• Many current members would not fit the current membership criteria and some nonmembers have a similar business model as current members but would not qualify for membership.
• Current service center members told CBSA that they are adding more fabrication services because of customer demand.
• CBSA member companies already fit into the new membership categories; a survey asked what percentage of business members are getting from fabrication. Survey results are:

What This Means for CBSA Members
• New educational programming and other services about copper and brass fabrication.
• Additional questions on the membership verification forms about the amount of fabrication CBSA Service Center member companies are engaged in.
• The dues levels for the new categories will remain consistent with those for Service Center members. Regardless of how much fabrication a service center is engaged in, their dues will be calculated as they always have been for service centers.

About CBSA
The Copper and Brass Servicenter Association is a community of copper and brass service centers, fabricators. mills and platers working together to promote the use and growth of opportunities for copper and brass mill products. For more than 60 years, CBSA has been the only trade association committed solely to advancing the copper and copper alloy mill products distribution industry. CBSA members include the leading service centers, mills and platers in the copper and copper alloy industry. The CBSA mission statement: To enhance its members' role as an effective and profitable distribution link between suppliers and customers and to promote the use of and growth opportunities for copper and brass mill products. This is achieved by offering education and training, providing information and promoting constructive dialogue between service center members, mills and platers servicing our industry.

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