Are you looking too far away for high-quality tubes?

Sandvik's ability to offer uniform material quality globally has made it possible to shorten the time for an urgent fabrication project in Korea. Once convinced that Sandvik tubing offers the same high quality wherever it is produced, the end-user was able to benefit from quicker replacement of a critical heat exchanger.

The challenge

A German chemical company decided to replace the dispersible powder reactor heat exchanger in one of its American plants. A Korean fabricator was awarded the task of producing the heat exchanger. The challenge was to find high-quality heat exchanger tubes with a good surface for electro polishing that could be delivered on-time and within a short timeframe. The end-user was hesitant about using tube produced in the region, although that would speed up delivery.

The Sandvik solution

Every Sandvik facility has full and unlimited access to Sandvik's advanced production technology and unique know-how. This ensures consistent tube quality, regardless of the location of the mill. The Korean fabricator proposed that tubes should be ordered from Sandvik's mill in Zhenjiang, China. Product samples from the plant were tested and approved by the end-user. The excellent inside surface quality of the SAF 2205 grade tubes was an additional benefit, by needing less polishing than tubes from competitors.

The result

The tubes were delivered to the Korean fabricator in accordance with requirements and specifications. And the short delivery time made it possible to speed up the total project. Sandvik's uniform and global tube quality standards have again proved advantageous to fabricators, engineering companies and end-users aiming for increased productivity through quick delivery of quality tube.