As a key factor of differentiation and competitiveness, research and development is a powerful asset for Vallourec. It’s what allows us to push the boundaries further than ever thought possible.
As such, we invested €45 million in 2019, enabling our 500 researchers and technicians to develop the very best technologies across our 6 research centers around the world and to form partnerships.
Our approach focuses on three key areas:
To quickly develop our various innovations, we’ve chosen to partner with cutting-edge stakeholders in their respective fields and industries. We develop R&D programs across the world with manufacturers, suppliers, customers and academic labs, including:
From cloud computing to the digital assimilation of data through artificial intelligence, big data and additive manufacturing (3D printing), today, the challenge of differentiated R&D involves mastering even the most innovative and disruptive processes. The many technological solutions that exist in this area are opportunities that our researchers are working hard to integrate within our operations and make it possible to broaden the scope of R&D possibilities.
Our culture of innovation also means sharing knowledge. That’s why our researchers regularly take part in major international conferences in their various fields of expertise, both as active members of working groups and by publishing their work, as well as presenting our very latest research
Bringing together some 300 employees worldwide across 14 different areas of expertise, our Expert program is there to encourage vocations by valuing technical roles. This community helps our experts mutually enrich their skills, share their expertise and contribute to the Group’s wider development.
Deployed within the Group, these multi-disciplinary teams rely on sharing best practice ideas and various technologies available across our major business families, promoting fast and continuous progress in production processes. They develop indicators common to all plants and analyze the overall performance of our facilities. The internal SHALYN Industry 4.0 platform has also been introduced for managing and overseeing production processes.