03har schreef op 2 juli 2021 10:54:
02 Juli 08 uur 45
Ik denk dat mr. Mittal dit nieuws niet fijn zal vinden.
Het is de tweede keer dat deze mooie fabriek voor zijn neus wordt weg gekaapt.
Liberty agrees Ascoval, Hayange sale to Saarstahl
An “agreement in principle” has been signed between Liberty Steel and Germany’s Saarstahl for the takeover of Liberty’s France-based Ascoval and Hayange units, the French finance ministry says. ArcelorMittal and Italy’s Beltrame were also among the bidders.
“This agreement in principle has yet to be strengthened, which is why the government will be very careful to ensure that the elements of securing this sale are provided in the next few hours … [This agreement] creates a new European player and it is very good news for the future of the French steel industry and for the employees of the two sites. It affirms our commitment … to ensure the sustainability of their employment and the strategic activity for the French steel industry," finance minister Bruno Le Maire says in a note seen by Kallanish.
Both Ascoval and Hayange have faced a significant reduction in working capital support since the collapse of Greensill, a Liberty spokesperson says. “Although we are keen to keep Liberty Steel France (LSF) within the Group, we have also identified two credible buyers, in ArcelorMittal and Saarstahl, who will be able to build on our ambitions for the business,” he tells Kallanish. “LSF’s main stakeholders will now decide the best way to ensure the plants’ employees, customers and other stakeholders can have confidence in the sustainable future of the businesses.”
Ascoval produces continuous cast rounds and forged products at a production facility in Saint-Saulve, France. It recently started the production of blooms and square billet for a variety of applications, including rail blooms, which are supplied solely to Liberty Rail in Hayange.