V&M Star announces it successfully produced its first pipe at its new state-of-the-art mill in Youngstown, Ohio. The new mill will support the long term development of shale exploitation in the US, which is driving demand for small diameter OCTG tubes and connections. The mill line of products also includes Line Pipe, Green Pipe for drill pipe, and Coupling Stock.
Following the commissioning of the different equipment of the rolling mill, the first continuous production was achieved on October 26, on schedule for first sales to occur in the beginning of 2013.
With an initial production capacity of 350,000 tons of seamless pipes per year, this new offer will complement the range produced by V&M in North America and will consolidate its leadership position as a provider of competitive and fully integrated premium tubular solutions.
The pipe produced in the new Youngstown mill will be threaded with API, semi premium and the latest-generation VAM® premium connections dedicated to exploitation in demanding conditions.
V&M Star is a joint venture between Vallourec Group headquartered in France, and Sumitomo Corporation Group headquartered in Japan.