AIM Market Research (Pittsburgh, Pa.) completed a comprehensive market study on the current operation of pickling lines in operation in North America and the outlook for upgrading, replacing and adding this kind of equipment. Over 150 individuals were interviewed between February and May 2004. The study examines the use of strip oiling, tension technologies, in-line slitting and coating. It also provides production data, operating scenarios, speeds, product dimensions, end-use markets, the types of acids and other pickling additives used, fundamental priorities, feedstocks, environmental issue, automation and control, acid pumps, acid consumption and much more.