Bekaert reports strong demand, healthy prices

Kortrijk, Belgium–Steel cord maker, Bakaert SA posted a 20-percent improvement in sales for the 12 months to December 2004.

Sales of advanced wire products increased by 21 percent, to €2411 million (combined sales of Bekaert operations, subsidiaries and joint ventures), forming 78 percent of Bekaert’s total sales. Within the advanced wire unit, steelcord sales in China grew by only 1 percent, reflecting unfavourable government regulations, said the company.

The company said prices of steel rod–it’s main raw material–increased dramatically during the year, but it was able…

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