NLMK USA re-starts galvanize line 2 at Sharon Coating
One hot-dip galvanizing line, with a capacity of 521,000 metric tonnes per year, is currently running at Sharon Coating. Line #2 was idled in 2012, due to weak demand for galvanized steel on the US market.
Bob Miller, NLMK USA CEO, said: “We are seeing demand increase in the USA market, driven by the pick-up in activity in the automotive and construction sectors, and trade measures introduced to protect the US market from unfairly traded imports. Sharon Coating traditionally supplies galvanized steel to manufacturers of engineered steel buildings, general manufacturing, construction products, solar energy, automotive, and service centers. Our customers took very positively to our plans to expand our offering of high value added products that are in such high demand in the market.”
Sharon Coating produces hot-dip galvanized steel from cold-rolled steel made at NLMK Pennsylvania, located just 2 miles to the South, from slabs supplied by Novolipetsk. The two NLMK USA facilities operate together, forming a single complex that manufactures value added steel products.
In 2016, NLMK USA increased its galvanized steel sales by 10% to 359,000 metric tonnes, posting 19% year-on-year growth in Q4 alone.
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