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History

 

1857

The first western-style blast furnace allocated in Kamaishi, Japan is commissioned - Origin of Nippon Steel

1897

Sumitomo Cupper Plant (The first private company in Japan that started manufacturing cold-drawn seamless steel pipes.) established - Origin of Sumitomo Metals 

1912

Steel tube factory is constructed by Sumitomo Copper Plant

1935

Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. (SMI) is established

1952

SMI acquires API certification for original API 5A.

1963

SMI becomes an API committee member.

1965

(Original VAM connection is developed by Vallourec.)

1970

Yawata Steel and Fuji Steel merge to form Nippon Steel Corporation (NSC)

1971

SM-95S is released. (T95 is recognized by API in 1988.)

1976

SMI becomes a VAM® connection licensee.

1981

SMI releases the first shipment of Duplex and Nickel Alloy OCTG.

1983

NSC releases "NT-80HE" (non-heat treated ERW casing)
SMI develops "SM-TC" connection. 

1985

SMI partners with Vallourec for VAM® connection R&D.
"SM-TC" connection is introduced as "VAM® ACE". "NEW VAM®" connection is released. 
NSC releases "NS-CC" connection.

1988

NSC releases NS-110SS.

1989

SMI releases SM-C110. (C110 is recognized by API in 2011.)

1992

SMI releases SM13CRS-110 (Super 13CR) OCTG.  

1993

"VAM® TOP", the world standard premium connection is released.

1995

NSC releases "NT-95HE" (non-heat treated ERW casing)

1997

New medium size seamless mill starts operation in Wakayama Works.

1999

NSC releases the first ever dope free connection "NS-CC-DF".

2002

SMI releases the first shipment of VAM® TOP CLEANWELL.

2003

SMI releases SM-125S (the first 125 grade for sour service).   

2008

New generation premium connection "VAM21" is released.
SMI releases the first shipment of VAM® TOP CLEANWELL DRY.

2011

Vallourec & Sumitomo Tubos do Brasil Ltda (VSB) starts seamless pipe production in Brazil.

2012

SM-125ES, SM-110XS and SM17CRS-125 are released. 
NSC releases "NT-110HE" (non-heat treated ERW casing)

2012

NSC and SMI merge to establish Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation.