EU steel sector sees demand growth in 2018, import threat

European steel demand is set to rise in 2018 with continued strength in most steel-using sectors, European steel association Eurofer said on Tuesday, while warning of a threat of rising imports. Apparent steel consumption, which excludes the impact of inventory changes, is set to rise by 1.9% in the 28 countries of the European Union this year, the same rate as in 2017, with solid demand seen from manufacturers and in construction.