A new nuclear safety and quality standard

21/07/2015 - France, Power generation, Nuclear
Valinox Nucléaire confirmed as world's first NSQ-100 certified supplier.
​​​​​​Valinox Nucléaire, a Vallourec subsidiary specialized in the manufacturing of steam generator tubes, was certified by Bureau Veritas to the new standard "Nuclear Safety and Quality Management System", following intense auditing of all relevant production, testing and management processes.
NSQ-100 is considered to be the strictest standard of its kind worldwide. It responds to recent nuclear supply chain challenges in a globalized market in terms of quality and safety of all products and processes related to nuclear environments. The new standard supports a controlled reinstallation of the nuclear supply chain in the framework of a global nuclear renaissance to compensate for the loss of expertise in the traditional supply chain, which is due to a lack of new constructions in recent years. 
Customer expectations regarding quality of products, services and lead time are also fully taken into account, as the standard integrates the latest advances in technology, manufacturing, testing, process management, logistics and regulations. In the case of Valinox Nucléaire, for example, the scope of certification covers a whole variety of operations, including melting, cold and hot processes and the heat treatment, destructive and non-destructive testing of seamless tubes, billets, sheets and plates in ferrous alloys and non-ferrous metals.
In addition to compliance with nuclear quality technical standards, this certification also recognizes the commitment of the Valinox Nucléaire team to support customers in a worldwide safety culture. The process of certification must be renewed every three years. 
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