NEW YORK Evraz North America Inc.s third-quarter tubular production rose 12.4 percent to 236,000 tonnes from 210,000 tonnes in the same period last year as the company restarted spiral-weld pipe production at its Portland, Ore., tubular mill.
The North American subsidiary of London-based Evraz Plc said it also resumed production of long-seam welded pipe at its Camrose, Alberta, facility during the quarter. Demand for large-diameter pipe from its Regina, Saskatchewan, mill also improved.
Evraz expects strong tubular production to partially offset the output lost when its suspends operations at its Claymont, Del., steel plate mill at year-end due to "subdued market demand and the high volume of imports" (amm.com, Oct. 14).
The companys North American crude steel output fell 8.2 percent to 560,000 tonnes in the third quarter from 610,000 tonnes a year earlier due to lower production at Claymont, as well as "operational issues" at Regina and its Pueblo, Colo., mill.
Flat-rolled production rose 2.1 percent to 244,000 tonnes from 239,000 tonnes in the same comparison, but fell 8.3 percent from the second quarter due to a "sub-optimal slab mix" and scheduled maintenance at two facilities, according to the company.
Selling prices fell for all products except rail during the quarter vs. a year ago, with the largest declines recorded for flat-rolled (down 15.3 percent to $840 per tonne from $992) and tubular products (down 11.8 percent to $1,299 per tonne from $1,472).
High import volumes contributed to the price declines, Evraz said.