France - Chevillon
The Chevillon plant (former Vallourec Précision Soudage) is located in the north-east of France in the Marne valley. The tube manufactured ranges from 10.0mm to 55.0mm outside diameter and from 0.6mm to 3.0mm wall thickness. In addition to the standard low carbon steel grades, the factory also produces high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) and Dual Phase steels.
Today, production is aimed predominantly at the automotive market. Welded precision tube is used in the manufacturing of seats, instrument panel beams, crash components, filler pipes, engine cradles, reinforcement components and shock absorbers. The core manufacturing process consists of slitting, welding, NDT testing, and cutting, including brushing, lengthmeasuring and washing. The outside flash is systematically removed to provide a smooth contour. The inside flash height is adapted to meet the customer’s specification. In addition to the NDT testing, automation helps guarantee the customer the highest quality standards required in critical applications.