Press Release

Framatome Paimboeuf, a site experiencing major expansion

September 12, 2018 | 1 min |

For 40 years, the Paimboeuf plant (Loire-Atlantique) has been producing zirconium tubes and bars for the manufacture of fuel assemblies. Its employees work on a daily basis to deliver safe, high-quality products, making this plant a global leader in zirconium tube manufacture.

In line with the Framatome Strategic Action Plan, the site is continuing its industrial development with a target production capacity of 10,000 keq/year (kilometer equivalent) of zirconium tubes. It aims to achieve this through several drivers:

- a major investment plan,
- the deployment of production teams at the weekend to help handle the increase in workload,
- operational performance and continuous improvement,
- an ambitious recruitment plan (100 new recruits in the period 2017-2018), alongside a skills management plan.

Key figures

- Site founded: 1978
- 385 employees as of August 31, 2018
- Prospective workload in 2018: production of more than 8,200 km equivalent of zirconium tubes, which would be a first for the Paimboeuf site


About Framatome

Framatome is an international leader in nuclear energy recognized for its innovative solutions and value added technologies for the global nuclear fleet. With worldwide expertise and a proven track record for reliability and performance, the company designs, services and installs components, fuel, and instrumentation and control systems for nuclear power plants. Its more than 14,000 employees work every day to help Framatome’s customers supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical low-carbon energy.

Framatome is owned by the EDF Group (75.5%), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI – 19.5%) and Assystem (5%).