Luxembourg Is Europe’s Number One Exporter of Sheet Piling, Shapes and Sections

Basic Iron And Steel August 03, 2015
Author: Alexander Romanenko
Chief Executive Officer

Luxembourg dominates in the EU trade of iron or steel sheet piling, shapes and sections. In 2013, Luxembourg supplied 55.3% of intra-EU exports. Of this amount, 14.3% was exported to the Netherlands, where Luxembourg's iron or steel sheet piling took 98.2% of total the Netherlands' consumption.

China and Switzerland were the main suppliers of iron or steel sheet piling, shapes and sections into the EU, with a combined share of 52.5% of total external imports in 2013. However, the fastest growing suppliers were Ukraine (+129% per year) and Switzerland (+10% per year) in extra-EU imports from 2007 to 2013. China significantly strengthened its position in the European import structure, from 8% in 2007 to 37% in 2013.

In 2013, the main foreign destinations of extra-EU iron or steel sheet piling, shapes and sections exports were the U.S. (28%), Russia (21%) and, distantly, Norway (6%). The share exported to Russia increased (+8 percentage points), while the share sent to Switzerland illustrated negative dynamics (-2 percentage points). The shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

The largest producers of iron or steel sheet piling, shapes and sections were estimated to be Luxembourg, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Sweden and the UK, covering approximately 95-99% of the total output volume in physical terms. However, the data on production in these countries is kept confidential by Eurostat.

ArcelorMittal is the world's largest producer of hot-rolled steel sheet piles. ArcelorMittal steel piles are manufactured by the concern ProfilARBED (Luxembourg) - the major global sheet piling producer, and the largest in Europe. From its plants in Luxembourg, ArcelorMittal Belval and Differdange produce around 680,000 tonnes of steel sheet piles to be sold worldwide. Arcelor also has major steel production facilities in Poland, France and the Netherlands. ArcelorMittal's production capacity is approximately 1 million tonnes of foundation solutions, including cold rolled steel sheet piles and combined wall systems.

Source: EU: Sheet Piling, Shapes And Sections (Of Iron Or Steel) - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2020