Business expansion
Nord - Pas-De-Calais; Nord;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Basic Metals
24.10 - Manufacture of basic iron and steel and of ferro-alloys

140 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
19 December 2018
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2019
Foreseen end date
31 December 2019


The Commercial Chamber of the Strasbourg Court has accepted the offer to take over the Ascoval steelworks, presented by the Franco-Belgian group Altifort. This takeover makes it possible to retain the 281 employees working in the plant. In addition, the new owner announced the hiring of 140 employees over the next two years.

The main shareholders of the Ascoval steelworks at Saint-Saulve (Nord) were Vallourec and  Ascométal, which was acquired in February 2018 by the Swiss group Schmolz + Bickenbach (164 job cuts). As the only shareholder, Vallourec had refused to subsidise the plan presented by Altifort to take over the site. The public authorities have mobilised to save this recently modernised site. In total, the financing plan amounts to €152 million, including €47 million in public funds, lent by the Hauts-de-France region (12 million), the Valenciennes Métropole urban community (10 million) and the State (25 million). Altifort will contribute to €35 million in equity (including €25 million financed via a bond loan from a Spanish industrial company). The balance will be financed by a lessor (€40 million) and a factor (€30 million).



Eurofound (2018), Ascoval, Business expansion in France, factsheet number 96230, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/96230.