Elisabeth Born’s first social plan, Vallourec will cut 3,000 jobs, including 320 in France – Liberation

The French seamless pipe manufacturer will close factories in Germany, which will indirectly affect support functions in France, especially in the north and around Paris.

Two days after Elizabeth Bourne took office at Matignon, the former labor secretary faces his first hot case. This is the French group of seamless pipes Vallourec. This Wednesday, the French company announces the reduction “about 2400 items” especially after the closure of his German sites, as well as the removal “about 550 posts” in helper functions.

On these job losses, “320 [seront] in France, including 65 at headquarters” Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine), CEO Philippe Guillemot detailed during a conference call. About 250 jobs will be cut in the north of France: just under a hundred at the site in Saint-Solvay, a hundred in Aulnoy-Emery and the remainder at the general services center in Valenciennes (North), specifies Philippe Guillemot, appointed less than two months ago to complete the restructuring group and make it more profitable.

“Refusal”

“The group’s permanent policy of abandoning its production activities in France is unacceptable”, responded to Twitter President of the Republic of Latvia of the Hauts-de-France region Xavier Bertrand with a request to the state“explain your position as a major shareholder through Bpifrance [Banque publique d’investissement, ndlr]». He clarified what he received from the CEO of Vallourec “emergency meeting” Friday with worker representatives, local elected officials and management.

In mid-November, Vallourec, emerging from a long process of financial restructuring, announced the sale of its activities in Germany and the end of the production of pipes for industry in Europe. He planned to move some of his activities to Brazil.

According to the company, this is due to the lack of “Found a reliable buyer” for German activities that their closure was announced. This “leads to further rationalization of other European assets responsible for finishing rolled pipes in Germany”, adds Vallorek. And in particular the closure “heat treatment line” from the French factory in Saint-Solva.

The first flights can take place from the end of 2022 and spread “throughout 2023, in particular in Germany”, as that country will continue to produce until German production is transferred to Brazil, according to CEO Philippe Guillemot.

“We are fatalists, we suspected it […] it’s just the closure of the site, deplores Mikael Tison, CFDT representative at the Saint-Solva site, leaving the factory where the announcement was made to employees. Vallurek had public money to invest in Brazil or China, they are going to build factories there, and France wins.

“Favorable”

Boss Vallurek says he has “decisions have already been made for a third of the posts made redundant in France, between pensionersearly retirement and internal redistribution”. And cost killer to provide: “This is a necessary and, if not vital, step,” with decisions to be “allow the group to be profitable in any market conditions.”

Now he wants to position the band “as a key player in the energy transition and low-carbon economy”, in particular, positioning itself in storage, capture, transport and carbon sequestration“.

The French group achieved a turnover of 916 million euros in the first quarter of 2022, up 30.5% compared to the same period in 2021, narrowing the net loss to 35 million euros from 93 million euros in 2021 in the same period.

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