LME was established in 1875 in Trith-Saint-Léger, near Valenciennes, under the name of its founder: "Maison César Sirot".
The company grew rapidly during the 20th century under the management of Albert Alnot (César Sirot's son-in-law), and became Métalescaut in 1899. The company became part of the Usinor group in 1975. The Unimétal group, producer of the long steel branch of the Usinor Sacilor group, subsequently took control of almost all of Métalescaut's capital.
LME Trith-Saint-Léger steel plant, also known as AFV Beltrame Group Trith-Saint-Léger steel plant and Lamines Marchands Europeens, is a 700 thousand tonnes per annum (TTPA) electric arc furnace (EAF) steel plant. As the market leader in France and the only French producer of merchant bars, LME offers a wide range of products, including flat bars, equal and unequal angles, solid rounds and squares, UACs, Tees, UPNs and IPEs.
LME Groupe Beltrame welcomed Viktor Màcha, passionate about industrial sites
LME – Groupe Beltrame was pleased to welcome Viktor Mácha, a true enthusiast of industrial sites.
Eager to portray the evolution of the industrial world and pass on this passion for industry to future generations, he travels the world in search of a few photos destined to be remembered.
A great passion to which we have contributed by opening the doors of the steelworks to him and the pride of marking our time in this way.
By Viktor Macha in 2005.
Plant facts and figures
The plant have an annual capacity of 700000 tons.
The following processes are conducted in the plant:
- Steel making
- Rolling mill
This plant produces the following type of products:
The tradition of metallurgical production in Trith-Saint-Legér is dating back to 1875, when the first ironworks were founded by the businessman César Sirot.
Rapid development followed during the twentieth century, until the steelworks became part of the Usinor group in 1975. In 1978, the bar rolling mill was put into operation.
In 1988, the plant was named “Laminés Marchands Européens” and its shareholders were Usinor Sacilor – Unimetal, Cockerill-Sambre and Arbed.
After privatization in 1994, the Beltrame Group became the majority owner and some major investments followed.
First – the new smaller-profile rolling mill in 2001 and the new electric arc furnace in 2001.