HOUSTON– VAM USA has expanded its Connection Technology Center in Houston to 90,000 sq ft (8,361 sq m).
At the facility, connections for shale applications or projects for the Gulf of Mexico undergo the harshest full-scale tests: make and break, simulation of combined loads (tension or compression), bending, high temperatures, and fatigue life.
Construction was completed in July 2012, and all equipment will be fully operational by the end of 2012. The expansion is able to support additional equipment that will ultimately triple the company’s current R&D capacity.
VAM USA is a joint venture between Vallourec of France, and Sumitomo Corp. and NSSMC of Japan.