It is a brief respite, but this may be sufficient to ensure a future for the 281 employees of the steel mill Ascoval. Wednesday, September 26, the judicial administrators of the company, at the request of the government, have obtained from the tribunal de grande instance (TGI) of Strasbourg, a suspension of four weeks in which to consolidate the project of recovery of the steel mill in Saint-Saulve, Valenciennes. The unions now hope an epilogue positive after long months of waiting.
In February, Ascometal, the owner to 60 % of Ascoval had been taken at the bar of the commercial chamber of the TGI of Strasbourg by the group of Schmolz + Bickenbach. However, the steelmaker switzerland had refused to take possession of the plant of the Hauts-de-France, was by Vallourec to 40 %. In order to ensure an initial stay of one year, the group parapétrolier and the steelmaker swiss had agreed to maintain until 31 January 2019 and a volume of orders sufficient at a price above the market to allow him to find a future.
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Only Altifort has filed a folder farm
In July, three candidates are shown to the magistrates of strasbourg to take over the factory, but only Altifort, a société franco-belgian has finally filed a folder closes. Created in 2013, this industrial group has taken over nine sites, including Vallourec and ArcelorMittal. “At the end of the year, we should expect to 1 500 employees and 200 million euros,” says Bart Gruyaert, its director-general. “Our desire is to install in the vicinity of the steel plant, a train wire to turn the steel wire in order to be able to appeal to a variety of customers, instead of the single Vallourec “, details there.