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U.S. Oil Country Tubular Goods Producers Stand Up Against Dumping

June 25, 2014 in Industry Trends, OCTG by

 U.S. Oil Country Tubular Goods Producers Stand Up Against DumpingThese days, the talk of the gas and oil pipe industry is how to prevent domestic jobs from being lost to foreign imports.

Last July, some of the largest steel producers in the country brought a petition to the U.S. Commerce Department claiming that nine foreign countries were ‘dumping’ their oil field pipe goods into the U.S. Dumping occurs when foreign governments subsidize industries within their own countries, which allows companies to export their goods at a very low price, often under the cost of production. This allows them to undercut competitors in countries where their goods arrive.

In February 2014, the Commerce Department made a preliminary ruling requiring duties on imports from eight of those nine countries. However, South Korea, the biggest importer by far, was left off the list.

This omission has dismayed many in the oil country tubular goods industry. Steel plants in Pennsylvania and Texas have been idled in part because of the ruling. And more jobs are potentially at risk. 

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The Anti-Dumping Petition On Tubular Goods

August 14, 2013 in Industry Trends, OCTG by

 The Anti Dumping Petition On Tubular GoodsEarlier this month, U.S. OCTG tubular product manufacturers filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) asking the commission to investigate potential dumping of tubular goods by a host of countries, including India, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam, India and Turkey.

Dumping is the practice of selling goods abroad at a price that’s either lower than what you sell it for domestically or lower than the cost of production. Dumping is often used as a strategy to drive competitors out of business, and has been considered detrimental to the companies in the countries in which the goods are being dumped into. Some see it as predatory trade practice, and many countries have laws against it.

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Advantages And Applications Of Nickel Alloy Pipes

July 03, 2013 in Industry Trends, Pipe by

 Advantages And Applications Of Nickel Alloy PipesFor as long as civilization has existed, people have been using nickel alloys. Indeed, scientists have analyzed artifacts from thousands of years ago and found pipes, tools, coins and weapons comprised of varying amounts of nickel and other metals.

And the ancients were onto something: nickel alloys have advantages that allowed them to build structures that helped them not only survive, but thrive.

These beneficial characteristics are still being taken advantage of today–by engineers, by scientists, and in our field, by alloy pipe distributors and builders.

Here are some of those advantages that make nickel alloys such useful materials to build with:

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International Pipe Supply With One Vendor, One Solution

June 18, 2013 in Blog, Industry Trends, News & Articles, Pipe by

Here at St. Louis Pipe & Supply, we strive to live up to the term ‘one vendor, one solution.’

That means that whether our clients are looking for steel pipe and fittings or sheet metal, whether they need their products shipped to Indiana or India, we can take care of everything they need.

Our experience–over 20 years in the business–has certainly helped us become a ‘go-to’ for so many builders and companies. But there are three other assets that help us meet our ‘one vendor, one solution’ goal.

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A Leading International Pipe Supplier

May 01, 2013 in Industry Trends, Pipe by

 A Leading International Pipe SupplierIn recent years, international pipe suppliers and steel pipe distributors have had to step up to meet an increased demand for their products. There are a handful of reasons for this trend.

The first is the rise of natural gas. To harvest and use this resource, companies have had to build refineries and filling stations overseas. These projects require pipes, and often very specific pipe alloys.

The second reason is

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The Three Benefits of Seamless Steel Commercial Pipe

April 17, 2013 in Blog, Industry Trends, Pipe, Structural by

 The Three Benefits of Seamless Steel Commercial PipeThe seamless steel pipe manufacturing process starts with a solid, round steel billet. This billet is then heated to great temperatures and stretched and pulled over a form until it takes the shape of a hollow tube. As other steel pipe suppliers will tell you, there are three great advantages to making a pipe in this way.

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9 Advantages of Using Galvanized Steel Pipe and Fittings

April 03, 2013 in Blog, Industry Trends, News & Articles, Pipe by

Chrome PIpe Suppliers 9 Advantages of Using Galvanized Steel Pipe and Fittings

Galvanized steel is steel with a protective zinc coating. This coating has many advantages over other methods used to protect steel, and it makes galvanized steel pipe, fittings and other structures more desirable in many situations. Here are nine of the advantages associated with using galvanized steel.

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Four Reasons Why You Should Choose Galvanized Steel Pipe

January 30, 2013 in Blog, Industry Trends, Pipe by

 Four Reasons Why You Should Choose Galvanized Steel PipeFor your next project, do you want pipe that will stand up to rust and last as long as 100 years?  If so, choose galvanized steel pipe, steel pipe that has been coated with a thin layer of zinc to protect it from corrosion.

As one of the largest domestic and international galvanized pipe distributors, we’ve seen these pipes satisfy thousands of customers. Here are four reasons why you should choose galvanized pipe.

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Sheet Metal and Steel Sheet Prices: What You Need to Know

January 02, 2013 in Blog, Industry Trends, News & Articles by

 Sheet Metal and Steel Sheet Prices: What You Need to KnowAt St. Louis Pipe & Supply, we do more than just assemble industrial pipe and supply it to customers throughout the world. We also specialize in structural steel products like plate, bars, sheet and beams.

Today, we’ll focus on sheet. In addition to offering competitive steel sheet prices, we ship sheet orders to anywhere in the world. But first, let’s explore what sheet is.

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Steel: Reducing, Reusing & Recycling

July 25, 2012 in Industry Trends, Manufacturing, News & Articles by

structural1 Steel: Reducing, Reusing & RecyclingSteelmakers are continuing to adopt good practices to protect the earth. Fortunately, being energy efficient is not only environmentally responsible, but it is cost efficient too. Not to mention all the pressure that various environmental agencies are putting on manufacturers. Green practices allow steel products to be cheaper, so international pipe sales can increase and more people can afford to buy I-beam steel, for example.

By reducing, reusing and recycling, steel companies are saving energy, reducing CO2 emissions and conserving resources.

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