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Sandvik inaugurates new facility

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Sandvik has recently welcomed and inaugurated a new fully automated ultrasonic testing facility for pipes to the oil and gas industry. The company decided to invest in the new facility as one of the company’s key focuses for its strategic direction is on the oil and gas industry. The new ultrasonic testing facility will allow Sandvik to increase its capabilities and capacity significantly.

According to Per Olsson Artberger, Sandvik Global Product Manager for Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG): “Despite the current downturn in the oil and gas market, we see continued good business opportunities for Sandvik material grades, especially in the Middle East and Caspian Sea regions. What the new, automated facility provides us with is a much speedier throughput and greatly enhanced testing capabilities, which meet the toughest requirements from customers in this segment.”

Ultrasonic testing has been a limiting factor in achieving maximum output with Sandvik’s existing facility. To solve this, the company has chosen to invest in both capacity and innovative technology that is able to meet the industry’s toughest requirements for defect detection.

The new facility has allowed Sandvik to meet customer requirements and places the company as a leader in the manufacture of OCTG. It also builds on the strategic alliance between Sandvik and Tenaris with regards to the joint supply of corrosion resistant alloy OCTG materials and technology to the oil and gas industry.

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