27. July 2015

Certified for the oil and gas industry

New UGI® 4410 superduplex from Ugitech meets NORSOK standards

In oil and gas production, the materials handling and production technology constantly comes into contact with aggressive fluids: an acidic PH value and varying gas pressure stress connecting components and filters. In hot salt water, aggressive chlorides attack the material. To provide the offshore upstream industry with a permanent, process-safe, environmentally friendly and economical material solution, Ugitech, a company that is part of the SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group, has expanded its product portfolio to include the UGI® 4410 superduplex stainless steel. Superduplex is comparatively competitively priced and meets the requirements for corrosion resistance and good pressure resistance. This Ugitech special steel also meets the NORSOK standards of the Norwegian mineral oil industry - the recognized seal of approval for the highest quality materials.

In introducing UGI® 4410 superduplex stainless steel, Ugitech adds to its product portfolio and strengthens its position as one of the leading providers of superduplex stainless steel long products for the oil and gas industry as well as for petrochemical applications. This new material from this producer of special long steel products is the certified solution for meeting the rise in demand for greater corrosion resistance that conventional austenitic and martensitic steel grades cannot provide. The deep sea has an increasingly hydrogen sulfide and acidic hydrocarbon content that directly attacks the steel used in this environment. The material is also subjected to high pressure loads. Consequently, all components in pipelines, flanges, valves and filter systems must be very high quality to ensure their safe long-term use and to prevent environmental pollution. “UGI® 4410 steel is an excellent compromise between good mechanical properties and corrosion resistance”, emphasizes Marc Marticou, Business Development Manager at Ugitech. “The nickel content of this superduplex stainless steel is low compared to the one of superaustenitic stainless steel. This is what makes this superduplex steel comparatively competitive.” As a producer of special steel, Ugitech has longstanding competence in the production of highly precise profile wire for filter systems for the oil and gas industry as well as petrochemical applications. This is also documented for bar products by NORSOK certificate M-650, the material qualification which UGI® 4410 stainless steel received at the end of 2014. This certification documents that existing oil industry specification and qualification requirements are fully met. The requirements for certification are high quality and safe processes in stainless steel production, the chemical composition of the material as well as various material tests such as tensile tests, toughness tests and corrosion tests. In addition to UGI® 4410, UGI® 4462 duplex steel and UGI® 4507 superduplex have also received the NORSOK certificate.

Infobox Dimensions and Delivery Sizes UGI® 4410:
• round, rolled and descaled, tolerance 13 and 12,  
dimensions 71 to 120 mm
• round, turned, tolerances 10-11-12, dimensions 71 to 120 mm
Semi-finished products:
• square ground, 80 to 120 mm
Drawn wires and fine wires:
• round, cold-worked, mat condition, dimensions 6.0 to 0.2 mm
Shaped wires:
• Any section cold-worked, bright finish, sections of 2 to 70 mm²  

Photo 1: Filter made of stainless steel wire, source: Ugitech
Photo 2:  Stainless steel closure and connecting parts, source: Ugitech

About Ugitech S.A.
Ugitech is one of the leading manufacturers of stainless steel long products worldwide. The company's main products include billets, bar stock, wire rod, drawn wire that the company produces in its own steel mill and in its rolling mills and wire-drawing plants. The stainless steels are known for their excellent mechanical properties. They are used to manufacture a wide range of parts, such as e.g. valves, turbine components, welding wire or surgical instruments. With over 100 years of experience in steel production and ongoing metallurgical research, the company guarantees optimum steel solutions for demanding applications for its customers in the automotive, construction, process and aviation industries and medical technology.

Today, the SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group is one of the world’s leading providers of customised solutions in the specialty steel long products business. A global name in tool steel and stainless long steel, the Group is one of two largest companies in Europe for alloy and high-alloy engineering steel. With around 9.000 employees at its own production and distribution companies in 35 countries across five continents, the Company supports and supplies customers wherever they operate. Besides the comprehensive Production and Sales & Services portfolio, customers benefit from the Company’s technological expertise, consistent high quality worldwide and in-depth knowledge of local markets.

Corporate Contact
Frédérique Tissot • Ugitech S. A.
Phone: +33 (0)47989-3012 • Fax: +33 (0)47989-3737
E-Mail: frederique.tissot(at)ugitech.com • Internet: www.ugitech.com

Stefanie Steiner • SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group
Phone: +41 (0)41 209-5042 • Fax: +41 (0)41 209-5043
E-Mail: s.steiner(at)schmolz-bickenbach.com
Internet: www.schmolz-bickenbach.com

External media contact
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