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Drawing a hard-line – Breaking the cycle of imported pipe & tube

Drawing a hard-line – Breaking the cycle of imported pipe & tube

On April 19th 2017, an investigation into Section 232 was initiated by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to analyze reports of excess global steel production and capacity – especially outside the United States through foreign government subsidies. With a decline in the U.S. Steel capacity utilization from 77.5% in 2014, to 71% in 2016 and excess capacity in the global steel marketplace, Mr. Ross determined that a study was necessary for further review.

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How Illegally Traded Imports are Destroying Domestic Manufacturing: An Interview with Zekelman Industries President, David Seeger

In light of the battle over whether to pass the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in the Senate last week and the impending battle in the House of Representatives quickly approaching, I sat down with Zekelman Industries President and newly appointed Chairman of the Committee on Pipe and Tube Imports, David Seeger, to gain more insight into a debate that’s keeping all of us on our toes. The debate over “FAIR” trade and what will happen when the TPA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are passed into law, specifically how it will affect domestic manufacturers. 

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Are Free Trade Agreements Fair to Domestic Manufacturing Companies?

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, “Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) have proved to be one of the best ways to open up foreign markets to U.S. exporters.” FTAs reduce trade barriers for U.S. exports and they “protect U.S. interests and enhance the rule of law in the FTA partner country.” Essentially, this makes it easier and cheaper for U.S. companies to export their goods to U.S. trading partners.

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Who’s the Real Threat to American Jobs in the Oil & Gas Industry?

Jack Sunset

Energex Tube is a mid-sized player in the very competitive OCTG space. Part of JMC Steel Group, we are provided many opportunities other companies in the OCTG industry may not have, including advantages in procurement and manufacturing expertise.

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