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Tenaris Opens R&D Center in UFRJ's Tech Park to Produce Differentiated Coatings & more

Published on 2014-05-22. Author : SpecialChem

Tenaris has inaugurated, its new Research and Development Center in UFRJ's Technological Park (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) on Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro. "The US$ 39 million investment was motivated by the strategic opportunity to contribute to Brazil's technological and economic development. The immense energy reserves, such as the Pre-Salt layer, present unprecedented challenges to the industry and demand safe and efficient operations while maintaining utmost respect for the environment," said Renato Catallini, Tenaris President in Brazil.

Marcio Marques, Director of the Tenaris R&D Center in Brazil, said that close interaction among companies in the energy sector with the University and with CENPES (Petrobra's R&D Center in Brazil) has strategic importance for the country's technological leadership; and that Tenaris wants to contribute to this project. "In a total area of 4,013 m², of which 2,880 m² are constructed area, the Center will be dedicated to the development of products and technologies for OCTG, line pipe and other markets, such as automotive, nuclear, mining and structural applications, as well as to the constant improvement of products already being offered to the Brazilian market," he mentioned.

The Center mostly focussed on the development and qualification of Tenaris Hydril premium connections and the Tenaris Hydril BlueDock™ weld-on connector, welding technologies, differentiated coatings - such as clad and organic -, and on areas of study in fracture mechanics and finite elements.

"The research carried out directly impact our business and challenges, including high pressure and corrosion that we are facing in our exploratory wells, mainly in the Pre-Salt. This center enriches our value chain and contributes to Brazil's qualifications for the energy industry in the medium and long term," said Rudimar Lorenzatto, Petrobas E & P Manager.

This is Tenaris's fifth R&D Center worldwide, and it reinforces the company's position as global leader in high-performance, high-specification tubular products, serving Brazil and the world. The other Centers are in Argentina, Mexico, Italy and Japan.

"Tenaris's global Research and Development network is a key differentiating element in our products and services and consists of over 200 professionals around the globe. This network is prepared to work on the most challenging projects in Brazil," said Paolo Rocca, Tenaris CEO.

About Tenaris

Tenaris is one of the leading suppliers of tubes and related services for the world's energy industry and certain other industrial applications. Its mission is to deliver value to customers through product development, manufacturing excellence, and supply chain management. Tenaris employees around the world are committed to continuous improvement by sharing knowledge across a single global organization.

Source: Tenaris


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