Profile: Global Brass and Copper Holdings Inc (BRSS.N)
24 May 2019
Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc., incorporated on October 10, 2007, is a converter, fabricator, processor and distributor of specialized non-ferrous products, including a range of sheet, strip, foil, rod, tube and fabricated metal component products. The Company operates through three segments: Olin Brass, Chase Brass and A.J. Oster. The Company processes copper and copper-alloys, and also rerolls and forms certain other metals, such as stainless steel, carbon steel and aluminum. Using processed scrap, virgin metals and other refined metals, it engages in metal melting and casting, rolling, drawing, extruding, welding and stamping to fabricate finished and semi-finished alloy products. The Company's products are used in a range of applications across markets, including the building and housing, munitions, automotive, transportation, coinage, electronics/electrical components, industrial machinery and equipment, and general consumer end markets.
The Company holds production and distribution rights in North America for a lead-free brass rod product, which it sells under the Green Dot and Eco Brass brand names. As of December 31, 2016, the Company served approximately 1,600 customers in 28 countries across four continents. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 11 manufacturing facilities and distribution centers across the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
The Company's Olin Brass segment is engaged in manufacturing, fabricating and converting specialized copper and brass sheet, strip, foil, tube and fabricated products. Sheet and strip is manufactured from copper and copper-alloy scrap. Olin Brass manufactures its range of products through four sites in North America. Olin Brass produces over 50 different alloys. Olin Brass' integrated brass mill in East Alton, Illinois is the Company's main operating facility, which produces strip products that are either sold directly to external customers, sold to its affiliate, or shipped to Olin Brass' downstream operations for further processing. Olin Brass' downstream operations include a stamping operation located in East Alton; a rolling mill in Waterbury, Connecticut with rolling, annealing, leveling, plating and slitting solutions for various products (Somers Thin Strip); a manufacturing facility in Bryan, Ohio specializing in products sold in the automotive and electronics/electrical components end markets, and a manufacturing facility in Cuba, Missouri that produces high frequency welded copper-alloy tube for heat transfer, utility, decorative, automotive and plumbing applications. Olin Brass' products are sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), external customers, and distributors/re-rollers or to its affiliate.
Olin Brass manufactures products utilized in both the military and commercial munitions markets, such as strip and cups that are used to produce shot shells, bullet jackets, centerfire, rimfire and small caliber military munitions. Customers in this market include munitions producers in the United States, as well as government facilities producing small caliber ammunition. Olin Brass supplies strip for use in the production of dollar coins, quarters, dimes and nickels. Olin Brass manufactures a range of strip, welded tube and stamped parts used in commercial and residential buildings, such as faucets, locksets, decorative door hardware and hinges.
Olin Brass also manufactures strip for products requiring high electrical conductivity, such as plug outlets, switches, lamp shells, other wiring devices, industrial controls, circuit breakers and switchgears. These products are manufactured with copper and copper-alloy sheet and strip. Customers in this market are OEMs producing building and housing products. Olin Brass supplies building and housing products in China through Olin Luotong Metals. Olin Brass manufactures strip used in integrated circuit sockets for circuit boards, electrical connectors for laptop computers, consumer electronics and appliances, and foils for circuit applications. Customers in this market are electronics manufacturers. Olin Brass's operations in Asia consist of Olin Luotong Metals and GBC Metals Asia Pacific PTE (GMAP).
The Company competes with Aurubis and PMX Industries, Inc.
The Company's Chase Brass segment is engaged in manufacturing brass rod, including round, hexagonal and other shapes, ranging from 1/4 inch to 4.5 inches in diameter. Its customers machine or otherwise process the rod for applications used in various end markets. Brass rod is used for forging and machining products, such as valves and fittings. Brass rod is manufactured from copper or copper-alloy scrap. Chase Brass' rod is manufactured at its Montpelier, Ohio facility. Chase Brass manufactures brass rod for use in faucets, valves and fittings used in residential and commercial construction. Chase Brass produces a range of low-lead and lead-free products or green portfolio products. Chase Brass's Green Dot rod, Eco Brass rod and Eco Brass ingot products are part of the green portfolio. Chase Brass also manufactures other non-patented green portfolio products. Chase Brass manufactures brass rod for uses in automobiles and heavy trucks. Chase Brass manufactures brass rod used in industrial valves and fittings. Customers in this market include various manufacturers and a range of screw machine companies supporting OEMs.
Chase Brass manufactures brass rod for uses in heavy trucks and automobiles. Specific applications include heavy truck braking systems, tire valves, temperature sensors and various truck and automotive fittings. Chase Brass manufactures brass rod used for telecommunication applications, including products, such as coaxial connectors and traps and filters for cable television, as well as connectors supporting the cell tower industry. Chase Brass supplies products within North America.
The Company competes with Mueller Industries, Inc.
The Company's A.J. Oster segment is engaged in processing and distributing copper and copper-alloy sheet, strip and foil, operating six service centers in the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico. A.J. Oster slits and distributes copper-alloy strip and aluminum foil used for products in commercial and residential buildings. The two applications are electrical and hardware. Electrical products are for wiring devices. Other applications include switchgears, switches, controls and circuit breakers. Hardware products include products, such as faucets, window trim, locksets, hinges and kick plates. A.J. Oster distributes copper-alloy strip and aluminum foil used in automobile production. Its customer products are electrical connectors, automotive trim and heat exchangers. A.J. Oster distributes copper-alloy strip used for electrical connectors in computers, consumer electronics and automobiles.
The Company competes with ThyssenKrupp Materials NA and Wieland Metals, Inc.
Global Brass and Copper Holdings Inc
475 N Martingale Rd Ste 1200
SCHAUMBURG IL 60173-2230