Framatome Le Creusot

Framatome Le Creusot

"Royal Foundry", one of the oldest french ironworks were founded in 1782. In 1836 the plant was taken over by brothers Adolphe and Eugene Schneider and the works were significantly expanded by special steel castings for rail, military and machine industry.

In 1876 the world´s largest steam hammer (100t) was installed here.

Until 1920 the mill was giving jobs to more than 2,000 employees. There were blast furnaces, open-hearth steel shop, rolling mills, forges and foundry in operation.

The blast furnaces were shutdown for good in 1940.
Since 1949 the mills in Le Creusot were named "Société des Forges et Ateliers du Creusot (SFAC)". SFAC joined the "Cie. Des Ateliers et Forges de la Loire "to form" Creusot-Loire Industries " in 1970. However, this formation led into bankruptcy and mill was taken over by USINOR in 1984. Four years later, the Le Creusot plant was merged with belgian company "Fabrique de Fer de Charleroi", and brand Industeel was born.
Today the plant runs one 100 t electric arc furnace, a foundry and heavy plate mill.

The forging and mechanical division were part of SFAR Steel until 2006 when AREVA, the world-leading company in nuclear power plant equipment, taken over the production in Le Creusot.

The works are known as FRAMATOME since 2018.

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