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TUSPIPE WEEKLY:Chinese Steel Prices and Trends

Welcome to Chinese steel price and trends

Welcome to this week’s TUSPIPE Market Analysis, where we delve into the intricate dynamics of Chinese steel prices and market trends. Our professional insights are here to guide you through the recent fluctuations and what they mean for your business.

Chinese steel price

Last week, the Chinese steel market experienced a subtle increase in prices, primarily driven by high raw materials costs. The production of hot metal has been robust, leading to a surge in demand for iron ore. As supply struggles to keep up, prices are on the rise. Additionally, the hot summer season has led to increased coal consumption, further pushing coal prices upward. Recent safety incidents at Chinese coal mines have also led to temporary shutdowns, causing concerns about coke supply and driving up coke prices.

Chinese steel price

The demand and supply aspects present a complex picture. While demand appears weak, inventories remain low. Market players are now focusing more on the cost of raw materials. Last week, apparent consumption increased by 240 thousand tons, but total inventory and steel production showed only minimal changes.

Looking forward to this week, the steel market is expected to continue its fluctuations. Weak steel demand and lackluster spot trading are counterbalanced by a lack of interest from steel futures traders. This makes it challenging for steel prices to rebound further in the short term. Steel mills are also feeling the pinch from higher raw material costs, making it unlikely for steel prices to decrease.

At TUSPIPE, we believe that understanding these market dynamics is crucial for making informed decisions. With steel prices unlikely to decline and the market showing signs of stability, now is an opportune time to place your order with us. Our team of experts is here to assist you with your specific needs, ensuring that you benefit from the current market conditions.

In conclusion, the Chinese steel market is in a state of flux, but with the right guidance and timely action, you can navigate these waters with confidence. Trust TUSPIPE’s professionalism to lead the way.

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3ways to Find A Reliable AS1163 Pipe Mill in China?

When purchasing steel pipes that meet the AS1163 pipe and API 5L dual standards, it is important to be aware of the fake certificates that some companies use. These fake certificates are often created using photoshop and can be very difficult to identify. However, they can often trick buyers into thinking they are getting a high-quality product when in reality the product is of low quality and may even be dangerous. 

This damages the projects that use these pipes because they are not up to code and they can cause safety issues. If something goes wrong, the company that chose the supplier with a fake certificate can be sued and lose a lot of money in compensation payments. To avoid this, it is essential to do your research and only purchase pipes from a trusted supplier. With so much at stake, it is simply not worth taking the risk of using a fake certificate.

1. Not Only AS1163 Pipe Docs, but also Check the API Composite List

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Some customers only remember to check whether the product meets the requirements of the AS1163 pipe standard, but for dual-standard steel pipes, the qualification of API is equally important. If it does not comply with the provisions of API, it is likely to cause customer complaints and customs liability. The American Petroleum Institute (API) is a trade association that represents the oil and gas industry. 

API certification is a voluntary process that shows that a company meets the API’s standards for quality and safety. The API Composite List is a directory of all the companies that are certified by the API. This list can be used to check if a company is authorized to use the API logo on its products. To search the Composite List, 

1) Open the API official website and look for the “API Composite List” tab;

2) Find the screenshot above, search company name or authorized number, and click “Search”;

3) Check the detail of the company regarding the authorization types and the authorization status. 

If you are looking for a certain type of certification, and the certificate status shows “Active”, then you can be sure that you are safe at this stage. You may also be interested in checking the company details to see if you are dealing with the right person. To do this, simply click on the company name shown in red. This will take you to the company’s page where you can find more information about them. Once you have verified that the company is legitimate, you can move on to the next stage of your research.

2. Check the Non-Licensee / Registrant List

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) strives to maintain the highest standards in the industry and to ensure that only qualified suppliers are providing products and services to its members. As part of this commitment, API maintains a Non-Licensee/Registrant List of companies who are supplying with fake certificates or otherwise operating outside of the requirements set forth by API. The list is updated regularly, and companies that appear on the list should be avoided. 

1) Simply visit the API official website and select the “Non-Licensee/Registrant List” option from the drop-down menu;

2) Scroll down to find out which companies are dealing with fake licenses.

This information can be used to down your search for a qualified pipe supplier. If you are looking for a certain company, you can enter its name in the “Search” field.

3. Take A Look on the MTC from the Supplier, Although It Meets the Requirements of AS1163 pipe

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Even if you find nothing unexpected in the preceding stages, it does not necessarily indicate that your supplier is qualified. recommend checking its MTC in the following step. am aware that it is simple to “clone” an MTC, but it may still have certain flaws.

 

1) The company name – as you can see in the above picture, the name is very similar to our company name, but they are absolutely different. The company names are always same with that on the certificates. Even an abbreviation is not a reasonable explanation.

2) As we all know that CNAS is an agency that analyzes whether or not a laboratory may be accredited by China’s National Accredited Testing Laboratory. It has bilateral or multilateral accrediting cooperation agreements with important international accreditation agencies. 

And, a qualified AS1163 pipe steel pipe mill has to obtain the CNAS certificate first before producing and selling to Australia and New Zealand markets. So we will check the CNAS registration number on the MTC. First, visit the CNAS official website; Next, click on “Find an Accredited Body“; Then, click on “Testing & Calibration Laboratories“, and type in the registration number or the company name; Finally, you can check if the registration number and company name are matched to the MTC you have;

3) Finally, the API certification number – Usually, a steel pipe mill that is holding the API certification would show the certification numbers on the MTC. While there is none of it on the sample MTC above.

 

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An API 5L Certified Manufacturer in China?

When selecting an API 5L certified supplier in China, it is important to be aware of the fake certificates that some companies use. These fake certificates are often created using photoshop and can be very difficult to identify. However, they can often trick buyers into thinking they are getting a high-quality product when in reality the product is of low quality and may even be dangerous. This damages the projects that use these pipes because they are not up to code and they can cause safety issues. If something goes wrong, the company that chose the supplier with a fake certificate can be sued and lose a lot of money in compensation payments. Don’t let this happen to your company! As such, it is always best to select a reputable and trustworthy supplier who can provide you with quality pipes with a genuine API 5L certificate. This will help to ensure the safety of your business and avoid any potential legal problems. Next, I’ll show you how to spot fake certificates.

1. Check the API Composite List

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The Composite List is a directory of all the companies that are certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API). This list can be used to check if a company is authorized to use the API logo on its products. To search the Composite List, 

1) Go to the API official website and find the “API Composite List” tab;

2) You will see the screenshot above, type in the company name or certification number, and click “Search”;

3) Finally, you will see the company detail about the certification types and the certification status. 

If the certification type is what you are looking for, and the certificate status also shows “Active”, then you are safe at this stage. While you may also interested in checking the company details to see if you are dealing with the right person, you can click on the company name shown in red.

2. Check the Non-Licensee / Registrant List

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) also released a list showing all the cheater companies that API has found in the past, and these companies are still in the market. The API Non-Licensee/Registrant List is a great resource for finding unqualified suppliers who are holding fake certificates. Here is how to check the list:

1) Go to the API official website and find the “Non-Licensee/Registrant List” tab;

2) Scroll down to find all the cheater companies who may want to fool you with a fake license.

You can use this information to help you narrow down your search for a qualified supplier. If you are looking for a specific company, you can type the company name in the “Search” box.

3. Check the MTC from the Supplier

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Even if you don’t find anything unusual in the above steps, it doesn’t mean your supplier is qualified. I suggest you check its MTC in the next step. I know an MTC is easy to be “cloned”, but you may still find some weak points in it.

1) The company name – as you can see in the above picture, the name is very similar to our company name, but they are absolutely different. On a real certificate, the “Co.” would never be written as “Company”, and the “Ltd” would never be written as “Limited”.

2) The CNAS certification – CNAS is an organization that evaluates whether a lab can be accredited to National Accredited Testing Laboratory in China. It has bilateral or multi-lateral accreditation cooperation agreements with relevant accreditation organizations around the world. So we can check this certificate also to eliminate our doubts. First, go to the CNAS official website; Second, click on “Find an Accredited Body“; Then, choose “Testing & Calibration Laboratories“, and type in the registration number or the company name; Finally, you can check if the registration number and company name are matched to the MTC you have;

3) The API certification number – Usually, a steel pipe mill that is holding the API certification would show the certification numbers on the MTC. While there is none of it on the sample MTC above.

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FBE Pipe Found Effective After 30 Years Of Service

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A fusion bonded epoxy coating is a thermoset polymer that has been widely used in the pipeline industry for more than 30 years. This type of coating is typically applied to pipeline steel to provide corrosion protection. In recent years, there has been an increased focus on the long-term performance of FBE pipe segments. As a result, several exploratory inspections have been conducted to assess the condition of these assets. The data derived from these inspections has provided valuable information regarding the historical performance of FBE coatings and has yielded insight into the future service life of these assets. The results of these inspections have indicated that FBE coatings can provide superior pipeline protection when used in conjunction with cathodic protection. Consequently, this information can be used to inform decision-making about pipeline asset management.

The pipeline industry has long relied on FBE pipes to protect against corrosion. FBE is a thin film applied to the pipe’s surface and acts as a barrier to corrosion-causing agents. Although records of the FBE pipe manufacturer indicate that this mid-1970s FBE coating formulation has gone through several subsequent revisions to give better corrosion protection and mechanical properties, this older generation of FBE installed more than 30 years ago is still performing well. There are no indications of significant coating degradation, and there are many years of remaining life on the FBE system. This is good news for pipeline operators, as it means that they can continue to rely on this tried-and-true method of pipeline protection.

Integrity management programs that include exploratory excavations and pipeline inspections can provide valuable information about the long-term performance of early-generation FBE coating systems. Many changes and developments have occurred in FBE coating technology since the 1970s, so evaluations of earlier generations of FBE can provide additional performance validation that may yield a greater degree of confidence with current formulations. The development of new formulations and improved application techniques has resulted in FBE-coated pipe that exhibits much better long-term performance in terms of both corrosion resistance and mechanical properties. The use of these newer coatings on pipelines can greatly extend their service life and reduce the risk of pipeline failure.

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