No consensus on tubular trade petition option

Feb 05, 2013 | 03:40 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Evraz Inc. North America, Tigran Atayan, Hatch, Lynn Lupori-Gray, Pipe Exchange, Dolty Cheramie, imports, trade petition new capacity

HOUSTON — New domestic energy tubular capacity may squeeze U.S. producers’ margins, but there’s no consensus as to whether a trade petition is the answer to overcapacity in the sector.

Tigran Atayan, president of the tubular products group at Chicago-based Evraz Inc. North America, is in favor of trade action against imports. "It should happen," he said following a panel discussion at AMM’s 6th annual Steel Tube and Pipe Conference in Houston. "When will it happen? I hope soon."

But others suggested that new domestic capacity might be the biggest issue facing the pipe and tube sector. ....

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