Sandvik’s Nuclear Core: Meet the Team – Richard Duc

Meet the core of Sandvik’s nuclear division–our team. In our Nuclear Core series, we’ll introduce the faces behind this team and hear their insights on the nuclear industry.

Can you tell us about yourself and your background?

Before joining Sandvik, I graduated from a science and materials structure program at the University of Orléans in France, and also studied sales and marketing at the EPPREP in Paris.

I joined Sandvik in 1995 with a background in science, materials, sales and marketing, and have always worked in the tubes department. I began as an inside salesman for standard products, then as a field salesman, and corrosion and high-temperature specialist. In 2010, I joined the nuclear tube and pipe department as French market nuclear salesman and progressed to becoming the nuclear program manager more recently in 2019.

What is your role as a nuclear program manager like?

I’m in charge of Sandvik’s French, Spanish and Italian nuclear business and, with my colleagues, provide market strategy, sales and contract operational management. I also have expertise in the RCC-M design Code for nuclear power plant design specifications in France and I’m involved at every stage for each order in my area.

What benefits does Sandvik bring to the nuclear industry?

Sandvik offers more than 50 years’ experience in successfully supporting the industry. Our materials are of extremely good quality. Our high-level understanding of the RCC-M design Code is very important, as we are one of only a few suppliers in Europe who have such a level of expertise. Our integrated steel mill provides full traceability of every manufacturing step – all the way to the final product. This is supported by our knowledge and experience in documentation, problem solving, quality management and design, inspection and surveillance processes, making life easier for our clients.

Why is it important to be located in France?

France plays a strategic role in Europe’s nuclear industry. EDF, which owns 56 French reactors, and plant designer Framatome, are supporting nuclear projects around the world, including the Hinkley Point project in the UK, which we are strongly involved with. Being in France provides access to key contacts and is the best way to keep abreast of the latest RCC-M requirements.

What’s next for the nuclear industry?

It’s difficult to anticipate how our world will manage future energy needs. However, I expect nuclear to continue to play a key role for decades to come. New processes are being developed, such as Project ITER in France (using nuclear fusion instead of fission) and the use of small modular reactors (SMRs), which may represent a way forward for the industry.

Want to learn more about Sandvik’s nuclear products and services? Read more about our history of expertise in nuclear power generation.

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Name: Richard Duc
Title: Nuclear Program Manager
Business Unit: Energy
Location: France