NSSMC running at maximum capacity

A price increase of 10% for its seamless stainless steel pipes has been deemed necessary by NSSMC. The increase will offset the rising cost of electrodes used for manufacturing and higher personnel expenses resulting from increased production capacity. Effective as of October 2018, the new price applies to all kinds of the seamless stainless steel pipes for both domestic and export consumption. Strong demand for its products means the company’s Amagasaki and Oita Works are working at full capacity.

New orders are now being accepted on the basis of a screening process as outstanding orders exceed production capacity. The shipment of the boiler tubes for thermal power plants in China

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, as has demand in the domestic (Japanese) market. Petroleum refining and the petrochemical industry in North America and Asia have also led to strong increases in demand for seamless stainless pipes, while new projects for LNG related facilities and chemical industrial plants are also increasing. In the semiconductor field, many new semiconductor fabrication plants have been built, mainly in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China.

As the result, BA pipes (bright annealing tubes) and EP pipes (electrolytic polished pipes), which are clean pipes for the semiconductor manufacturing equipment/special gas piping, are in high demand both in Japan and abroad. Due to the resumption of development of oil fields and gas fields, demand is on the way to recovery, while the demand for CRA pipes used as OCTG (Oil Country Tubular Goods) is rapidly increasing.

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