Vallourec opens VAM® Services South America

A new VAM® Services center was launchedyesterday in Rio das Ostras, in the Rio de Janeiro State.

Thenew 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 aworldwide network of more than 200 licensees; Vallourec's partner companies areauthorized to machine and fix VAM® connections. They also provide accessoriesfor the entire world, according to the strictest service and quality standards.These licensees are strategically located near the world's major oil and gasfields.

VAM®Services manages this licensee network, providing technical support, training,documentation and gauges, as well as conducting regular technical audits toensure that VAM® connections are manufactured to the same quality standards allover the world.

Locatedat the base of the Vallourec subsidiary Transport and Services* in Rio dasOstras, 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.

Atthe 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 relyon our quality service around the world, whenever they need us. This new VAM®Services regional center based in Brazil represents an important step in ourstrategy to be closer to our customers. Building on our strong local positionin Brazil, we intend to increase our network and promote VAM® across SouthAmerica."    

JoãoPerez, VSB Commercial and Downstream Operations Director added: "Wesee some exciting opportunities in each market to grow our services offer. Weare developing the content our offer to meet the specific requirements of eachlocal market in South America."

*VallourecTransportes e Serviços Ltd: Vallourec subsidiary which provides tube inspectionand fixing services, premium accessories for the oil and gas market, as well asa large variety of operational assistance services for the sector


VAM® Licensee Network in South America