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China Seamless Pipe Exports Rise 19pc...

by tubelinks on 09/26/2012 - 05:55 am
Tag: Press Release

According to customs statistics provided by China National Bureau of Statistics, in July of the current year China exported 470,900 tonnes of seamless pipes down by 2.44% compared to June but up by 3.53%YoY. In the given month, export volumes of seamless pipe used for oil and gas transmission pipeline and oil and gas drilling totaled 199,000 tonnes and 200,000 tonnes respectively.


In July, China imported 16,300 tonnes of seamless pipes decreasing by 13.46%YoY and down 12.13%MoM. In the January to July period of this year total seamless pipe exports of China amounted to 2,966,100 tonnes, increasing by 18.84%YoY basis.


China exported 2,258,700 tonnes of welded steel pipes in ...

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Investors welcomed at Izhora Pipe Mil...

by tubelinks on 09/21/2012 - 01:13 am
Tag: Press Release

Representatives of major international investment funds have visited Izhora Pipe Mill, which is part of Severstal Russian Steel Division.


Among the foreign guests who have visited the facility which supplies large diameter pipes to leading oil and gas projects, were representatives of East Capital, a Swedish fund ranking among the top foreign investors in Russian shares, and GIC, Singapore’s major investment fund.


Nikolai Skorokhvatov, CEO, Izhora Pipe Mill said "This time, we welcome representatives of investment funds managing hundreds of billions of dollars worldwide. These are analysts from steel industry who advise in what securities to invest, and portfolio mana ...

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Turkish Seamless Pipe Imports up 12pc...

by tubelinks on 09/18/2012 - 08:08 pm
Tag: Press Release

According to the data provided by the Turkish Statistical Institute, in July this year Turkey's seamless pipe imports rose 12.4% compared to the previous month and were up 2.7% compared to July 2011 amounting to 24,944 tonnes. The value of these imports totaled USD 34.2 million increasing 13.2% compared to June and down 5.6% YoY.


In the first 7 months of the year, Turkey's seamless pipe imports amounted to 145,230 tonnes increasing 3.3% compared to the same period of 2011. The value of these imports came to USD 213.3 million decreasing by 7.3% YoY.


Imports from China in July this year amounted to 16,640 tonnes almost triple YoY and up 57.8% compared to June while Russia fol ...

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Chinese Steel Pipe Producer Expands i...

by tubelinks on 09/18/2012 - 06:44 pm
Tag: Press Release

Wuhu Xinxing Ductile Iron Pipes Co., Ltd. (Xinxing), a Chinese producer of carbon products and steel pipes, has contracted with Siemens VAI Metals Technologies to supply a new rod outlet for its plant in Wuhu City. The new equipment will enable the company to enter the high quality and specialty steel markets. The project is expected to start up in late 2012.



For Xinxing´s long product works in Wuhu, Anhui Province, Siemens is designing and supplying core components of the new rod outlet, including a prefinishing mill, a Morgan Vee No-Twist Mill, a Morgan Rod Reducing Sizing Mill, pinch roll and a laying head. In addition, Siemens is designing shears, the Morgan Stelmo ...

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Fine Tubes Ltd. and Superior Tube Com...

by tubelinks on 09/17/2012 - 08:22 pm
Tag: Press Release

The Watermill Group, a strategy-driven private investment firm, announced the acquisition of two manufacturers specializing in high-precision metal tubing – Fine Tubes Ltd. in Plymouth, United Kingdom, and Superior Tube Company Collegeville, Pa. – from Superior Group Inc., a privately owned industrial holding company. Watermill will help the two specialized metals companies combine forces to create a global leader in high-performance metal tubing.



“Watermill was attracted to the unique, high quality and highly technical capabilities of these companies,” said Steven E. Karol, Founder and Managing Partner at The Watermill Group. “Our visio ...

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International Steel Tube Industry Sti...

by tubelinks on 09/17/2012 - 04:07 pm
Tag: Press Release

By 2010 the global production of steel tubes had already recovered from the dramatic downturn of 2009. This positive development in demand continued into 2011, so that, on a global scale, the industry recorded growth figures of around 11 per cent, rising to about 141m metric tonnes and achieving an all-time production record.



This growth also included the German steel tube industry, with a production surplus of around 7 per cent in 2011. According to the steel tube industry association Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahlrohre in Düsseldorf, production rose in both seamless and welded tubes.  The association rates the level of capacity utilisation as “generally satis ...

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TNK-BP Looks Overseas for USD 2 Billi...

by tubelinks on 09/15/2012 - 03:17 am
Tag: Press Release

Interfax quoted a company executive as saying that Russian oil firm TNK-BP is planning to hold a USD 2 billion tender by the end of the year for the supply of steel pipes from overseas suppliers.


TNK-BP, half owned by BP, which previously spent an average of USD 500 million a year on pipes from domestic producers, has decided to import tubes from China and Japan in the next five years, making use of Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation vice president Olga Malyshkina said.


She said that "We are ready to acquire the whole volume of pipes from abroad, if the prices are lower, the quality is higher and the logistics are more acceptable. China is near, it is improv ...

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Spectra Planning B.C. Pipeline to Ser...

by tubelinks on 09/12/2012 - 06:30 pm
Tag: Press Release

Spectra Energy Corp reported it and BG Group Plc are planning a new natural-gas pipeline system in northern British Columbia worth as much as C$8 billion ($8.2 billion), to take the fuel from the province's shale-gas fields to a proposed LNG-export facility.



Spectra, which operates pipelines in Canada and the United States, said it hopes to build a 850-kilometer (525-mile) line with the capacity to carry as much as 4.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day from the province's northeast corner to the liquefied natural gas plant planned by BG at the port of Prince Rupert.



The planned line is the latest in a round of LNG-infrastructure announcements for northern B ...

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Costs Pushing U.S. Metal, Chemical Ma...

by tubelinks on 09/12/2012 - 05:59 pm
Tag: Press Release

Makers of metal industrial components and chemicals are the manufacturers most likely to shift production back to the United States from Asia in the coming years due to the rising cost of shipping their products, according to an analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers.



Higher shipping costs, coupled with lower energy prices at home that have resulted from a surge in U.S. natural gas production, will have an outsized effect on those industries since their factories use more energy than average and the heaviness of their products makes them costlier to ship, the study said.



"The energy story is certainly game-changing for manufacturers," said Bob McCutcheon, a part ...

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Japan Sumitomo Light Metal Says Coppe...

by tubelinks on 09/11/2012 - 05:53 pm
Tag: Press Release

Japan's aluminum rolling mill Sumitomo Light Metal confirmed Tuesday that it will continue to produce copper tubes after its merger with the country's largest rolling mill Furukawa Sky in October 2013.


Its subsidiary Sumikei Copper Tube's product portfolio will complement the strategy of Furukawa-SLM, Sumitomo Light Metal spokesman Kozo Yamasaki said.


Sumikei Copper Tube produces 4,000 mt/month of copper alloy tube products at the Yokokawa plant in Aichi prefecture. Around 70% of its monthly tube shipments are used for air conditioners. 


"Sumitomo Light Metal was supplying aluminum sheets to air-conditioner manufacturers, and also selling them in a combinati ...

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