FECON deepens ties with Nippon Steel Corporation

14:29 | 14/10/2019
A leading local contractor specialised in construction engineering and underground construction has strengthened ties with its Japanese partner, as both sides signed a co-­operative agreement on ­application of Japanese steel technology into ­infrastructure works across Vietnam.
fecon deepens ties with nippon steel corporation
The signing ceremony took place on October 2 in Hanoi

Under the signed co-operative deal, FECON and Nippon Steel Corporation will team up for the application of state-of-the art steel products such as steel pipe sheet pile foundation, NS ECO-PILE, and steel sheet piles.

They will also discuss potential construction operations in Vietnam and use suitable steel structures and technology for those ­projects.

In addition, FECON and Nippon Steel Vietnam along with Nippon Steel Spiral Pipe Vietnam Co., Ltd. (NPV) have agreed to apply similar technology into specific projects in other Southeast Asian countries such as Laos and Myanmar.

Since the partnership began in 2011, both sides have taken the opportunity to advance co-operation on the basis of development and use of Nippon Steel’s cutting-edge technology.

CEO of FECON Nguyen Van Thanh praised Nippon Steel’s technology and products that are consistent with Vietnamese infrastructure network.

Thanh said that the technologies and products have a bright future in Vietnam, as the country’s existing system of sea and river ports are in serious need of development and upgrading. Meanwhile, many underground construction projects in urban areas like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have just taken their very first steps.

According to Kenji Nishiumi, general director of Nippon Steel, FECON’s compelling track record in the field of transportation infrastructure construction, metro, and urban environmental infrastructure, paired with Nippon Steel’s superior design and production of diverse high-quality steel products, will lead to technological advances developed according to actual market needs, and inevitable success in promoting the development of steel products in the ­country.

FECON was founded in 2004 as a company specialising in pile joints, foundation engineering, and underground construction. Now, after 15 years of consolidation and development, FECON has become one of Vietnam’s leading construction foundation companies.

At the same time, the company is establishing itself as a leading construction contractor, as well as engaging in underground construction and infrastructure development in ­Vietnam.

Currently, FECON is implementing three key projects, including Hanoi’s metro line 3, Long Son petrochemical complex in southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, and Nam Thach Han flood spillway in the central province of Quang Tri.

Launched in 1970 in Japan, Nippon Steel Corporation is the third-largest steel producer in the world as of 2017. In 2010, the corporation established NPV with a factory producing steel sheet piles in Ba Ria-Vung Tau. In 2015 and 2016, Nippon Steel opened representative offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to establish a complete system for the production and supply of steel pipe piles for the Vietnamese market.

NS ECO-PILE are steel pipe piles which weld a helical blade at pile tip to make construction easier, creating high bearing capacity and uplift resistance.

There are numerous ­advantages to this type of pile, such as noise reduction, low vibration, no waste soil, no impact on groundwater, a reduction in the number of construction ­machines, and fast execution which brings high ­economic efficiency to projects.

They are also ­implemented in a narrow construction area, and are environmentally friendly.

Participants at the signing ceremony on behalf of the Japanese firm alongside general director Nishiumi included NPV counterpart Yoshifumi Tokita, and Taizo Mitsumoto, general director of Nippon’s Vietnam arm, along with other representatives.

FECON’s representatives at the ceremony alongside CEO Thanh, meanwhile, included chairman Pham Viet Khoa and several other executives.

By Minh Hai

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