NEW YORK NLMK USA saw a
pickup in flat-rolled steel sales in the first three months of
the year on the back of improvements in key consuming sectors
such as automotive, construction and pipe and tube, the company
said April 18.
The Portage, Ind.-based
steelmaker, part of Russias Novolipetsk Steel, reported
total flat-rolled sales of 472,000 tonnes, a 15.8-percent
increase from the fourth quarter and up 9 percent from the
first three months of last year.
Hot-rolled steel sales totaled
274,000 tonnes, up 18.4 percent from the previous quarter and
up 11.7 percent from a year earlier, while cold-rolled sales
totaled 116,000 tonnes, up 12.1 percent from the fourth quarter
and up 9.9 percent from the corresponding 2012 period.
Galvanized steel sales, a
smaller portion of the companys portfolio, rose 12.5
percent quarter on quarter but just 0.1 percent year on year to
The company produced some
170,000 tonnes of crude steel at its Indiana facility in the
first quarter, down 2.7 percent from the previous quarter and
off 13.4 percent from the same period in 2012.
NLMK USA is a flat steel
producer with facilities in Farrell and Sharon, Pa., in
addition to the Portage facility. It has a hot-rolled capacity
of 2.7 million tonnes and sells into the construction, pipe and
tube and machinery sectors, among others, according to its