December 2013

China’s steel pipe market will improve in 2014, says CSPA

China’s steel pipe market will see improved fortunes in 2014 amid steady economy growth and increased demand, according to Zhong Xidi, secretary general of China Steel Pipe Association (CSPA).

STEEL FIRST OUTLOOK: Expect rising demand in large-diameter linepipe market

Large-diameter linepipe markets are likely to see rising demand moving into 2014, according to the Metal Bulletin Research (MBR) Tube & Pipe Group.

Mexico's president approves new energy law

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto approved a new energy law on Friday December 20, opening up the country’s oil and gas industry to foreign investment and providing a boost to the nation’s steel industry.

INTERVIEW: EC must say no to state aid for steel, says Karlheinz Blessing

The European Commission should avoid using state aid in its efforts to help the European steel industry, according to Karlheinz Blessing, ceo of German steel producers Dillinger Hütte and Saarstahl.

Russia's large pipe mills to operate at 36% capacity in 2014 on lack of orders

Russia’s large-diameter pipe-producing facilities are likely to keep capacity utilisation rates low in 2014, after the expected project tenders from state-run gas company Gazprom failed to materialise.

Russian metal industry loses $600m a year on use of illegal used pipe

Russian pipe- and steelmakers lose a total of about $600 million annually as a result of the illegal use of used pipe, Oleg Kalinskiy, head of the Russian Pipe Industry Development Fund, said on Tuesday December 10.

Omani pipe maker gets new casing pipe order

Omani pipe producer Gulf International Pipe Industry (GIPI) recently received an order to supply 7,000 tonnes of threaded and coupled casing pipes (OCTG) for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), the company announced on Tuesday December 10.

Tenaris takes full control of Brazilian pipe coating plant

Tube and pipe manufacturer Tenaris has entered an agreement to purchase the other 50% interest of its Socotherm Brasil joint venture from Socotherm Americas, it said late on Wednesday December 4.

Value of Turkish steel exports down 2.2% in November to $1.1m on falling prices

Turkish steel exports totalled 1.5 million tonnes in November, up 1.08% year-on-year, but their value fell to at $1.1 billion – down 2.2% year-on-year – on falling commodity prices.