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Vallourec launches Open Innovation Challenge

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Vallourec, a world leader in premium tubular solutions, is launching its first ‘Open Innovation Challenge’ on the theme of intelligent tubes.

"The Group is consciously embracing Open Innovation to exploit the opportunities allowed by new technologies and thus develop its offer," explains Director of Innovation Sylvie Dubois Decool.

Intelligent tubes could be designed to record and transmit information during their lifecycle: either information about the fluids in contact with the tubes (flowrate, pressure or temperature) or related to changes in the tubes themselves (changes in thickness or crack detection).

Developments such as high performance sensors, low data transmission networks, big data, energy harvesting are innovative technologies that open up new opportunities for intelligent tubes.

This Open Innovation Challenge enables Vallourec to identify start-ups, laboratories and companies with expertise in these different technologies, and to work with selected companies to develop solutions adapted to the Group's markets.

It comes within the scope of Vallourec's initiatives in terms of open innovation.

"Through its Open Innovation Challenge, Vallourec is demonstrating its commitment to developing win-win partnerships with agile, leading-edge companies on new technologies. Our goal is to anticipate and take advantage of new technologies to offer differentiating solutions for our customers and consolidate Vallourec's leadership over the long-term," says Sylvie Dubois Decool.

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