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Ukrainian Steel Pipes Producer Interpipe and Japanese JFE Steel Corporation Sign Premium Connection License Agreement

Ukrainian steel pipes producer Interpipe has announced today the signing of a license agreement, which will see Interpipe producing cutting-edge Premium Connection technology developed by Japanese steelmaker. As part of the agreement, JFE has granted Interpipe license to cut its premium joint technology JFEBEAR™, which has been designed and tested to meet needs for critical well loads. JFEBEAR™ is an ISO 13679 2002 and DIS 2009 CAL IV qualified connection with extensive records and field-proven references.

The license allows Interpipe to produce and sell the full range of OCTG products, including full length Casing and Tubing pipes plus relevant accessories.  JFE has licensed two Interpipe mills – Interpipe NTRP, based in Dnepropetrovsk, and Interpipe Niko Tube, based in Nikopol – as qualified production units to thread JFE Bear.

The main focus of the agreement covers Ukraine and CIS countries.

Mauro Longobardo, Chief Operations Officer, Interpipe:
“JFE Steel Corporation is a world leader in OCTG and Premium Connections products, covering all the needs of the oil & gas industry. It is famous for the reliability of its developed technologies. With this license agreement, Interpipe has expanded its product portfolio and is able to address customer requirements in the most challenging environments. For Interpipe this is a strategic step forward in developing a leading position in the OCTG Premium segment.”

Product catalogue JFEBEAR™
Product catalogue OCTG:
Reference on JFE Steel Corporation:

Reference on Interpipe:
Interpipe is global producer of steel pipes and railway wheels, based in Ukraine. The company’s products are marketed in more than 80 countries around the world through a network of sales offices located in key markets of Ukraine, the CIS, the Middle East, North America, and Europe. In 2015 Interpipe supplied 600 000 tons of pipe and wheel products.

CAL IV – is premium connection testing Standard established by International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The standard defined four Connection Application Levels (CAL I to CAL IV) representative of the test severity, from CAL I (least severe) to CAL IV (most severe).  

Contact details for the mass media:
Lucy Novak
Phone: +380 67 565 00 42

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