The new center will strengthen the Group's proximity with the manufacturers of VAM® connections and support their development in South America.
VAM® Services is a Vallourec entity that offers oil and gas customers access to a worldwide network of more than 200 licensees; Vallourec's partner companies are authorized to machine and fix VAM® connections. They also provide accessories for the entire world, according to the strictest service and quality standards. These licensees are strategically located near the world's major oil and gas fields.
VAM® Services manages this licensee network, providing technical support, training, documentation and gauges, as well as conducting regular technical audits to ensure that VAM® connections are manufactured to the same quality standards all over the world.
Located at the base of the Vallourec subsidiary Transport and Services* in Rio das Ostras, Brazil, the new VAM® Services center will provide:
· Technical support and training;
· Rental services of VAM® gauges and accessories;
· Promote the VAM® brand in South America.
At the occasion of the inauguration, Didier Hornet, Senior Vice President, Development and Innovation stated: "In the oil & gas industry VAM®, one of Vallourec's most symbolic brands, means quality and service proximity. Thanks to our network of VAM® Licensees, our customers know that they can rely on our quality service around the world, whenever they need us. This new VAM® Services regional center based in Brazil represents an important step in our strategy to be closer to our customers. Building on our strong local position in Brazil, we intend to increase our network and promote VAM® across South America."
João Perez, VSB Commercial and Downstream Operations Director added: "We see some exciting opportunities in each market to grow our services offer. We are developing the content our offer to meet the specific requirements of each local market in South America."
*Vallourec Transportes e Serviços Ltd: Vallourec subsidiary which provides tube inspection and fixing services, premium accessories for the oil and gas market, as well as a large variety of operational assistance services for the sector
VAM® Licensee Network in South America