German steel tube industry faces new challenges

While, globally, steel tube production went down three per cent to 164 million tonnes in 2016, this figure rose to 13 million tonnes in the EU and to 2.6 million tonnes in Germany – four per cent in each case. This positive European-wide result was caused by production increases in welded steel tubes with outer diameters of up to 16 inches and also large-diameter pipelines, whereas the production of seamless steel tubes had largely declined, due to restrained investments in the energy industry.

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