France

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.

Modern production units

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:

  • Serimax (subsea pipeline welding), Vallourec Umbilicals (tubes for umbilicals) and Vallourec Drilling Products France (tubular products for drilling) in the oil and gas sector.
  • Valinox Nucléaire (tubes for steam generators in nuclear power plants) and Vallourec Heat Exchanger Tubes (stainless steel and titanium tubes for condensers) in the electric power sector.
  • Vallourec Bearing Tubes (seamless tubes and bushings for manufacturing bearings) in the mechanical engineering and automotive industries.
  • and finally, Vallourec Fittings (steel weld fittings) in most areas of Group operations.

A top of the range research and development center

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.

Main French customers

Vallourec is proud to support its French customers, including Total, Technip, Alstom and Areva, in all their markets worldwide.

Key dates in Vallourec's history in France

1890-99

Creation of the five founding companies in Valenciennes, Louvroil, Montbard, Recquignies and Aulnoye

1899

Société Métallurgique de Montbard is listed on the stock exchange

1957

​Following various amalgamations in France, the listed company is now called Vallourec

1957-85

Consolidation phase: various acquisitions and mergers

1975-78

Saint-Saulve steel mill and pipe mill commissioned

1985-97

Focus on seamless pipes and tubes: sale of stake in GTM-Entrepose and welded tube operations in France

2006

Acquisition of SMFI, a French company specializing in oil and gas drilling 

2007

Divestment of precision tube and automotive component operations in France

2008

Inauguration of the new continuous casting facility at the Saint- Saulve steel mill

2009

Acquisition of Serimax, a French company specializing in integrated welding for subsea pipelines 

2011

Expansion of the Valinox Nucléaire plant in Montbard

 

2011 ​Creation of Vallourec Umbilicals in Venarey-Les-Laumes

 

 

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Key figures

Steel mill1
Tube mills4
R&D center1
Workforce+5,000