OCTG producers form trade association to promote domestic industry

Written by Laura Miller

Six US manufacturers of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) have come together to establish a Washington, D.C.-based trade association. The goals of the new US OCTG Manufacturers Association (USOMA) are to promote the interests of the domestic industry and to fight unfairly traded OCTG imports.

Tenaris, Vallourec Star, Borusan Pipe US, PTC Liberty Tubulars, Welded Tube US, and Axis Pipe and Tube are the founding members of USOMA. Together, the companies represent an estimated 75% of domestic OCTG production, with 19 facilities across nine states and a combined 7,500 employees.

Luca Zanotti, Tenaris US president, was elected to be USOMA’s first chairman.

“As American energy production is a matter of national security, we must promote and develop reliable, domestic supply chains, such as a world-class US OCTG industry,’ Zanotti said in a statement.

Imports account for about half of the US market, Zanotti said. Many foreign producers do not have their own local markets for OCTG. Thus, the US market is an attractive destination for their products.

“The US industry can replace these imports and create thousands of high-paying jobs in American OCTG plants and in the American steel plants that supply their hot rolled coils, while reducing the carbon footprint,” Zanotti added.

Veteran trade attorney Roger Schagrin of Schagrin Associates will serve as USOMA’s general counsel.

“Our goal is to level the playing field for the US OCTG industry and bring OCTG imports down to market shares aligned with basic steel products. At a time when US trade and climate policy is focusing on decarbonization, it is important that US OCTG manufacturers offer exploration and production companies domestically manufactured, reliable, low-GHG products,” Schagrin commented.

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