January 2014, Düsseldorf - Vallourec has donated Structural Hollow
Sections (MSH) to build bridges in Africa. This gift was symbolically
given to representatives from the German organization Engineers without Borders
at a steel construction conference in
Bridges play a vital role in many developing regions.
They secure access to food, medical care, education, and jobs, and allow contact
with friends and relatives. With this gift of Hollow Sections, Vallourec has
provided direct technical aid. These Vallourec Hollow Sections are easy to
handle and can support heavy loads. They therefore make it easier to build
bridges that are solid yet light. Beyond the sections themselves, Vallourec is
also providing free transport for these construction materials from the
production site to the destination port.
The organization Engineers without Borders is heavily involved with
bridge building projects in rural Africa. Whenever possible, it tries to tap
into local skills, such as through bridge building seminars offered to African