Vallourec developed in the late nineteenth century from two traditionally industrial French regions: the North, around Valenciennes and Maubeuge; and Burgundy, around Montbard, both of which are still the Group's main operating areas. Its Head Office is in Boulogne-Billancourt.
Today, Vallourec has a steel mill in Saint-Saulve and four tube mills in Saint-Saulve, Aulnoye-Aymeries, Montbard and Déville-Lès-Rouen.
These modern, top of the range plants focus primarily on small production runs with high added value, serving all areas of Group operations. They are backed up by finishing workshops (heat treatment and threading).
The Group also has production units that are operated by specialized subsidiaries:
Vallourec Research Center France in Aulnoye is the Group's center of technological excellence. It works on developing new alloys and new grades of steel to improve the strength and weight of pipes used by the oil industry or in mechanical applications.
Based at the same site, the VAM® Connection Technology Center is a VAM® connection test center whose capacity will be doubled by 2017 and which can perform full scale testing to verify the liquid/gas tightness of VAM® pipes and connections in the most extreme conditions.
Vallourec is proud to support its French customers, including Total, Technip, Alstom and Areva, in all their markets worldwide.
Creation of the five founding companies in Valenciennes, Louvroil, Montbard, Recquignies and Aulnoye
Société Métallurgique de Montbard is listed on the stock exchange
Following various amalgamations in France, the listed company is now called Vallourec
Consolidation phase: various acquisitions and mergers
Saint-Saulve steel mill and pipe mill commissioned
Focus on seamless pipes and tubes: sale of stake in GTM-Entrepose and welded tube operations in France
Acquisition of SMFI, a French company specializing in oil and gas drilling
Divestment of precision tube and automotive component operations in France
Inauguration of the new continuous casting facility at the Saint- Saulve steel mill
Acquisition of Serimax, a French company specializing in integrated welding for subsea pipelines
Expansion of the Valinox Nucléaire plant in Montbard