European market

For the full year 2014, the reduced demand and overcapacity led to stronger competition in the European market and downward pressure on prices. Additional challenges came from rising imports of seamless and welded pipe from non-EU countries. Despite the deteriorating market environment, the European division in 2014 sold 185 thousand tonnes of pipe, up 5 % year-on-year.

at TMK-ARTROM (Slatina, Romania)

In 2014, the European division took the following steps to retain and strengthen its foothold in the European market: