France - Hautmont

Located in the North of France close to Maubeuge, the ArcelorMittal Hautmont, Tubular Products factory (former Vallourec Précision Soudage) was built at the beginning of the 20th century. Our production of cold sized welded precision tubes benefits from decades of experience on this site. The tube manufactured ranges from 20.0mm to 130.0mm outside diameter and from 0.9mm to 6.0mm wall thickness. In addition to the standard low carbon steel grades, the factory produces highstrength low-alloy (HSLA), Dual Phase and Trip grades. The factory produces the lighter and heavier wall-todiameter ratios. Today, the plant is dedicated to meeting the demand for tubes from the automotive industry. Our tubes are used in numerous functions such as suspension systems, body in white, engine environment and driveline systems. The Hautmont plant consists of slitting, ERW welding, NDT testing, annealing, as well as cutting facilities with chamfering, length-measuring, washing and automatic packaging. All the welding mills benefit from automatic process control ensuring that the customer enjoys the highest quality standards.

The outside flash is systematically removed to provide a smooth contour. The inside flash height is adapted to meet the customer’s specification. Day to day, the plant’s commitment to meeting or exceeding customer satisfaction relies on a strong global Quality Management System based on ISO 9001 and ISO TS 16949 standards. Our commitment to quality also extends to the factory environment and the requirements for ISO 14001 certification to will be met in 2008. Alongside the quality of the products delivered, the optimum quality of service is met by paying special attention to all aspects of logistics: co-ordination with Research and Development teams working on product, lean manufacturing and a flexible shipping framework which may include consignment stock. Overall, our entrepreneurial organization places the skills, development and responsibility of each employee at the top of the agenda and encourages employees to take part in our Continuous Improvement Teams process.