Seamless Stainless Steel Pipes and Tubes
Seamless stainless steel pipes: where to source them in the future?
Our modern industries, but also the coming technologies of the future, require seamless stainless steel tubes and pipes. Energy production from natural gas and crude oil, but also the production and transport of (green) hydrogen (H2) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) need the high-quality and pressure-resistant pipes to withstand the extreme temperatures.
Where else can seamless stainless steel tubes be used?
Seamless stainless steel tubes withstand high temperatures and maintain the purity of materials that come into direct contact with stainless steel. Stainless steel pipes are used in chemical plants, aerospace, marine, refrigerated transportation, medical and architectural applications.
Strong increase in demand for seamless stainless steel tubes expected
With the rapid shift to renewables as part of the green transformation, geopolitical uncertainties, and a complete realignment of European and North American energy policies, the demand for seamless stainless steel tubes is increasing immensely.
Hydrogen infrastructure not yet in place and under development
According to calculations by the European Commission (EC), the EU steel industry alone is expected to need 12.5 million tons of green hydrogen per year in the coming years to meet the requirements for CO2-neutral production.
Billions invested in LNG terminals
A rethinking of global energy policy due to geopolitical uncertainties has led major countries that do not currently have LNG infrastructure to begin building it in a very short time.
If you just look in the direction of Germany, for example, there are already two major LNG terminals in the planning stage. And that will be just the beginning there, following a break with Russia, the previous natural gas supplier, in the foreseeable future.
Western countries must reduce dependence on China
The United States and the European Union have already stated their goal of becoming less dependent on China for certain products. Recent years have shown the need to diversify supply chains in order to respond flexibly in times of crisis and ensure security of supply.
Antidumping, US Section 232, EU safeguard measures
Not only the declared political will of the United States and the EU to reduce their dependence on China, but also an increasing number of market protection measures against imports of seamless stainless steel tubes from China have shown in recent years that alternatives must be found for these major economic areas.
This is because Section 232 duties and EU safeguard measures will continue to be market companions. In addition, there are very high anti-dumping duties of more than 70% against imports of seamless stainless steel tubes from China.
Alternatives for sourcing stainless steel tubes?
Of course, there are alternative sources for sourcing high quality and attractively priced seamless stainless steel tubes. We would be happy to help you with that. Contact us today.
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Seamless Austenitic Stainless Steel Tubes
for instrumentation tubing, boiler, heat-exchanger and general service tubing
Standard: ASTM A269/A213, EN10216-5
Outside Diameter: 6.00 to 114.30 mm
Wall Thickness: 0.89 to 20.00 mm
Stainless Steel Seamless Pipes
Standard: ASTM A312 (ASME B36.19M), EN10216-5
Outside Diameter: 10.30 to 219.10 mm
Wall Thickness: 1.24 to 23.01 mm
SCH-10S, SCH-40S, SCH-80S, SCH-160S
Sizes according to international tolerance standards. Imperial and metric units possible.