Tubular production at Evraz Plcs North American
operations dropped 11.9 percent quarter over quarter amid
increasing imports and lower drilling activity, the
London-based steelmaker said in its second-quarter production
North American arm also "adjusted crews and undertook
initiatives to optimize work-in-progress and finished goods
stockpiles," the steelmaker said in the report.
Tubular output in
North America fell to 199,000 tonnes in the quarter from
226,000 tonnes in the first quarter and was 5.7 percent lower
than during the same 2012 period, according to the report.
Average selling prices
for tubular products in the region fell 4.3 percent quarter on
quarter to $1,322 per tonne and were 15.6 percent lower than
the $1,566-per-tonne average price recorded during the same
period a year ago.
Evraz recently joined
a petition by domestic steel producers to impose anti-dumping
and countervailing duties against imports of oil country
tubular goods (
amm.com, July 2).
The company said it
expects tubular production to rebound in the third quarter,
however, as drilling activity increases, its Portland,
Ore.-based spiral mill ramps up and a new line pipe order is
filled at its Camrose, Alberta, facility.
But while North
American tubular production was down, output of construction
products rose 30.4 percent to 103,000 tonnes compared with the
same 2012 period due to the "faultless" operation of
Chicago-based Evraz North America Inc.s rod and bar
mills, the parent company said. At the same time, flat-rolled
steel production rose 5.9 percent to 269,000 tonnes and railway
products output fell 12.7 percent to 117,000 tonnes in the same
American total crude steel output fell 10.6 percent to 551,000
tonnes in the quarter compared with the same 2012 period due to
unplanned maintenance work at its Pueblo facility in Colorado,
according to the statement.
Average selling prices for flat-rolled products were down
19.7 percent to $872 per tonne, railway product prices were
down 7.4 percent to $955 per tonne and construction products
were down 12.9 percent to $775 per tonne compared with the same