Bob Miodonski 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Donghae Steel Admits Selling Counterfeit Pipe Donghae Steel has issued an apology to Tenaris, a supplier of tubes and related services for the energy industry and other industrial applications, for having sold pipes with a fraudulent application of the Tenaris trademark. The apology came as a result of an investigation started in August 2010. Donghae Steel sold the counterfeit Tenaris pipes to businesses working in the oil- and-gas and industrial sectors in Korea and throughout Asia. Donghae since has gone out of business. “I hereby acknowledge that I have sold pipes bearing the subject marks (Tenaris trademark and trade name) without consent or authorization from Tenaris and that such activities infringe upon Tenaris’ trademark rights and also constitute an unfair competitive practice,” Young-Ho Kong, a director of Donghae Steel, said. The investigation was launched when the South Korean Customs Service seized 89 steel pipes upon arrival at the port in Busan, South Korea. The pipes had been sold to a company in the United Arab Emirates.Further investigation determined that the seized pipes were counterfeit and criminal actions were taken against Donghae. The action against Donghae Steel is part of a worldwide strategy created by Tenaris to stop trademark infringement and protect the Tenaris brand, the company said. PVF Outlook Bright For 2012, But U.S. Needs Energy Policy Within the course of an hour, members of the PVF Roundtable received two dramatically different visions of the future at their quarterly meeting Oct. 18 in Houston. Speaking to the group were PVF industry consultant Morris Beschloss and former Shell Oil Co. President John Hofmeister. “I believe 2012 is going to be the greatest year in the PVF sector.I’ve never seen such a positive position taken by distributors, contractors and end users,” Beschloss said. “The economic malaise for the rest of the country is outside the industrial PVF sector.” Natural gas production will lead the way, he said. Oil refineries also will provide orders for PVF distributors. “Refineries are using the money they’re making for maintenance and expanding their facilities,” Beschloss said. Hofmeister followed Beschloss with what he called “a few more predictions if we stay on the path we’re on” with the nation’s energy production and consumption. His predictions include gas lines by 2016 with the price of gas between $5 and $6 a gallon. Another prediction looks at brown-outs in major U.S. cities by 2018 as utilities try to conserve electrical energy. “This path we’re on is to use the 20th century energy system,” Hofmeister said. “We have been failing for decades to think about how old the system is and to replace the 20th century system with a 21st century system.” Hofmeister created the not-for-profit Citizens for Affordable Energy in 2008 after he retired from Shell because Congress and both Democratic and Republican administrations have failed for years to create an effective national energy policy. The solution to country’s energy problems contains four elements. 1. Activate the citizens. “The solution is sitting right here in this room, and in churches and schools,” he said. “It’s called citizens.” 2. Improve the image of the energy industry. In a recent Gallup Poll, he said, the energy industry finished last — even below the federal government — as having the poorest image.“The energy industry provides heat, transportation and quality of life to 300 million people.We don’t tell people what we do.” 3. Change the government. While the government used to be an enabler of the energy industry, it now has become a disabler for political reasons. The government should take the Federal Reserve Board concept and apply it to the energy industry to create the Federal Energy Resources Board. Among other duties, the board would make sure the country has a diversified energy plan, make tough technology choices that drive efficient energy use and relieve the EPA of its energy-related responsibilities in an effort to remove politics from energy policy. 4. Rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. The country needs pipelines and transmission wires to serve our energy needs. “We got ourselves into trouble by not having a plan, so let’s come up with a plan as Americans,” Hofmeister said. The day before the meeting, 112 golfers raised $7,800 at the Third Annual PVF Don Caffee Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament. The PVF Roundtable’s next meeting will take place Feb. 21, 2012, in Houston. For information, visit www.pvf.org.
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