January 23, 2014 – Vallourec decides to expand its VAM® Connection
Technology Center in Aulnoye-Aymeries (North of France), in order to double its
testing capacity. The center currently employs 160 people who work on developing
ever more innovative products for the oil and gas industry (VAM® tubes and
connections) to meet the increasing complexity of drilling operations. Amounting
to approximately €50 million, this investment will result in the creation of 95
positions by 2016.
Demand from oil and gas customers for full-scale testing is growing as the
standards and the reliability requirements are getting more and more stringent.
Thanks to the state-of-the-art tools that will equip the testing facility, the
sealing qualities of VAM® tubes and connections will be verified under the most
The Aulnoye-Aymeries VAM® center is one of Vallourec’s three VAM®
connection test centers, the other two being located in the United States
(Houston, Texas) and in Indonesia (Batam). Vallourec plans the construction of a
fourth VAM® connection testing center in Brazil by 2015.