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Japan might export sheet piles of nearly 90,000 tonnes this year

Japan’s export quantity of steel sheet piles to China is on track to recovery. Export quantity of sheet piles to that country was 98,000 tonnes in the calendar year of 2009 and 104,000 per tonne in 2010 which exceeded 100,000 per tonne for the first time.

However, it drastically decreased to 22,000 per tonne in 2011. Although this year, there were no cases for export quantity to exceed 10,000 per tonne a month, export quantity shows a sign of recovery and is expected to be close to 90,000 per tonne in this calendar year.

It was in 2007 when export quantity of sheet piles to China exceeded 10,000 per tonne year. That was 26,000 per tonne in 2008 and became the level of 100,000 per tonne all at once in 2010. However, a corruption case related to railways happened in that country, demand for sheet piles for the construction of railways dropped rapidly

As demand for sheet piles was mainly for the construction of railways at that time, export of sheet piles from Japan was narrowed just when the railway construction ceased in that country.

Meantime, as sheet piles are expanding in application to other infrastructures like embankment work besides the railway construction, Japan’s export quantity of sheet piles to China is again increasing. Export quantity became 68,000 per tonne in 2012, up by 3 times from the previous year.

Its cumulative export quantity of sheet piles to China in January to June this year was 43,000 per tonne. If it is simply doubled, it becomes 85,000 per tonnne and it will be certain to exceed 67,000 per tonnes in 2013. In China, the Government has come out with an economic stimulative measure. So, a demand increase for sheet piles is expected to arise in the H2 of the year, and it is predicted for annual export quantity to come close to 90,000 per tonnes as the case may be.

Source – The TEX Report

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