Sandvik to open coiled tubing line in China

15 July 2019

In July 2019, Sandvik will open a state-of-the-art coiled tubing line for premium grades of seamless stainless-steel products in smaller dimensions at its Zhenjiang tube mill near Shanghai, China. Its commitment to manufacturing longer lengths of locally produced, weld-free coiled tubing will enable customers in the Asia-Pacific region to receive deliveries within 28 days, instead of waiting four to six months for longer length reels to arrive from abroad. 

Boosting customers’ competitiveness 
“The new coiled tube offering is a further step in our commitment to boost the competitiveness of customers in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region,” says Sharath Satish, Business Unit President Sandvik Tube APAC. “We’ve seen a rising demand on projects within chemical processing, oil and gas, alternative energy, and other industries, for urgent local supplies of coiled tubing. The compact reels, ease of transport, and ability to precisely cut lengths in challenging situations allow customers to work fast and efficiently, with fewer connectors and zero risk of system leakage.”

Initial focus on Sandvik 3R60™ (ASTM TP 316/316L) 
Initially, the focus will be on Sandvik 3R60™ (ASTM TP 316/316L) tubing—an austenitic chromium-nickel steel with a minimum of 2.6% molybdenum and low carbon content—in outer diameters from 6.0 to 14 mm. The coiled tube is supplied as level-wound on plastic-wrapped wooden reels in standard (55-260 m) or longer lengths (135 – 611 m), or as bulk coil, strapped into boxes. The new range complements Sandvik’s current offering of six-meter straight lengths of hydraulic and instrumentation tubing, which are already available in the widest range of sizes and grades on the market today.

Setting a standard within the standard
“At first glance, most tubing looks pretty much the same,” says Glenn Darley, Regional Sales and Marketing Director in China. “But numerous tests show that Sandvik truly sets a ‘standard within the various product and grade standards,’ consistently delivering at the highest levels on key performance criteria, such as ovality, corrosion resistance, surface smoothness, and tight tolerances. This—and our deep materials expertise—matters a great deal to end users who often discover the hard way that inferior local grades can lead to system leakage, unplanned maintenance, or—even worse—a plant shutdown.” 

Coiled tubing that’s closer than you think
According to Darley, the 28-day delivery promise means, in effect, that Sandvik coiled tubing is now “closer than you think.” In addition to Sandvik 3R60™ (ASTM TP 316/316L), the company will supply other grades of high-alloy and duplex tube products in a wide range of dimensions. He encourages customers to ask about these. However, they will be handled on a case-by-case basis, by country, and may be subject to slightly different delivery times than the 28-day guarantee now being offered for standard grades.

Advanced production technology and technical support
“Our aim is to better serve customers in the Asia-Pacific region,” says Paul Tsai, Production Unit General Manager at the Zhenjiang Mill. “The new offering combines advanced production technology and unique manufacturing know-how with extensive technical support.” The mill he oversees produces straight and U-bent tube for heat exchangers, and hydraulic and instrumentation tubing in austenitic and duplex stainless steels, as well as high-alloy austenitic stainless steels and nickel alloys.

Forty-year commitment to China and Asia 
“Our commitment to China and Asia-Pacific region goes back more than 40 years,” says Sharath Satish. “We have trusted distributors or sales offices in virtually every country, opened our high-tech mill in Zhenjiang in 2011, have another tube mill in India and one in North America, in addition to our main R&D and tube production works in Sandviken, Sweden. In other words, there is plenty of backup production power.”