Sales volumes review
In 2018, EVRAZ North America’s steel product sales climbed by 14% to 2.2 million tonnes, compared with 1.9 million tonnes in 2017, as a reduction in imports created additional demand and overall consumption became stronger. Construction product sales went up by 19.3% to 287 thousand tonnes. While the North American rail market remained flat in 2018, the Group increased its sales of railway products during the period by 12% to 421 thousand tonnes, driven by higher volumes from a number of Class I railroads, as well as by improved distribution and trackwork. Flat product volumes rose by 11% to 568 thousand tonnes in 2018, compared with 512 thousand tonnes in 2017.
In 2018, tubular product sales picked up by 10% to 823 thousand tonnes, up from 749 thousand tonnes in 2017. Large-diameter pipe (LDP) sales moved up by 19% to 211 thousand tonnes due to strong demand in both the US and Canada. Meanwhile, sales of oil country tubular good (OCTG) products dropped by 7% from 333 thousand tonnes in 2017 to 310 thousand tonnes in 2018.
EVRAZ North America maintained its leadership in rails and LDP during 2018 with respective market shares of roughly 40% and 22%. In 2018, the Group focused on operational improvements and reaching the targeted LDP production volumes at the EVRAZ Regina steel mill in Canada.