NEW YORK Severstal North
America Inc. has been named one of United Metallurgical
Co.s (OMKs) domestic suppliers of hot-rolled coil
for its recently launched oil country tubular goods (OCTG)
facility near Houston.
"Were probably a bigger
supplier; I dont know if were a main supplier.
Theyre a very good customer to work with and were
really excited about them being part of the OCTG market down
here," Thomas M. Marchak, vice president of commercial for the
Dearborn, Mich.-based steelmaker, told AMM.
electric-resistance weld (ERW) mill is set to make 100,000
tonnes of OCTG this year. OMK president Vladimir Markin told
AMM that the Russian pipe and tube maker would look to
source coil primarily from local producers (
amm.com, Feb. 27).
OMKs new facility "is very
impressive, state-of-the-art. They have a great reputation on a
global basis," Marchak said.
Severstal also is looking to
build its presence in the tube and pipe market, a strategy
outlined at AMMs fifth annual Steel Tube and
Pipe Conference in Houston last month (
amm.com, Feb. 8).
"We do have a strategy that specifically targets the energy
market and the pipe and tube market," Marchak said, adding that
the company also has customers in a number of other pipe and
tube segments beside OCTG.
OMK did not return a request for