Research and Development

In 2010, in order to strengthen its position in the promising segment of stainless pipe products, the Company introduced a specialized and independent business aimed at production of stainless steel pipes. At the end of December 2010, the Sinarsky Pipe Plant became home to TMK-INOX, a joint project between TMK and the state corporation RUSNANO, which will produce precision stainless steel and alloy-based pipes. The main innovation in production has become the use of nanotechnology to process metal for a new generation of pipes. The project’s launch was preceded by three years of research that was carried out by RosNITI — Russia's largest research institute in the field of pipe manufacturing technologies and a division of TMK. At present, Russian manufacturers lag behind foreign competitors in the stainless steel pipe segment, and 70% of this market in Russia is occupied by foreign suppliers. With the creation of TMK-INOX, the Company has been given a real opportunity to substitute imports on the Russian market with “specialized” pipes for the nuclear, aerospace, high tech industries.

One of the key technological development achievements in 2010 was TMK’s joining the Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which ranks among the top research centers in the world

One of the key technological development achievements in 2010 was TMK’s joining the Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which ranks among the top research centers in the world. TMK is the first and so far the only Russian company to join the program, which today counts approximately 200 globally-recognized companies as members. Established in 1948, the program aims to develop mutually beneficial cooperation between MIT, a world leader in science and technology, and the world’s leading companies by actively introducing new technologies and innovations. In addition, a research center was established in Houston, Texas (USA), which will be developed in parallel with RosNITI in order to enhance the Company’s opportunities on different continents.

Interaction between TMK’s production facilities and RosNITI in the past year is also reflected in the intensive work to study the limits of TMK’s premium connections in order to further develop their design and expand their usage.

Last year, the company developed and successfully tested a design for insulated lift pipes at VNIIGAZ for use in the construction and operation of wells in permafrost conditions.

TMK-INOX

TMK-INOX includes production workshops located at Volzhsky Pipe Plant and Sinarsky Pipe Plant TMK share in the joint project is 53%; Total investments are 3.7 billion roubles.

Production capacity is 7-8 thousand tonnes of precision stainless steel and alloy-based pipes per annum.

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