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VALLOUREC : VALLOUREC : Vallourec contributes to the renovation of Brazil's main football stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

 VALLOUREC : VALLOUREC : Vallourec contributes to the renovation of Brazil's
            main football stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup(TM)

Vallourec contributes to the renovation of Brazil's main football stadiums
for the 2014 FIFA World Cup(TM)

There are nine newly built or renovated stadiums with Vallourec seamless steel
tubes, some of which  will already host games  during the FIFA  Confederations 
Cup that is taking place from 15 to 30 June 2013.

Boulogne-Billancourt, 10 June 2013- Vallourec, world leader in premium tubular
solutions, announces the provision of structural seamless steel tubes for  the 
renovation or  the  construction of  Brazilian  stadiums, prior  to  the  FIFA 
Confederations Cup Brazil  2013 and the  2014 FIFA World  Cup(TM). A total  of 
10,500 tons  of tubes  were supplied  by Vallourec's  Brazilian mill  in  Belo 
Horizonte to equip nine stadiums - including five of the twelve stadiums which
will host official  matches during  the FIFA  World Cup(TM)  and four  others, 
which will be used during the tournament as training centers.

Thanks to their high performance which allows the construction of  unsupported 
wide-span structures, Vallourec tubes are used to build the stadiums' roof and
related equipment.  For instance,  Vallourec designed  an innovative  roof  of 
approximately 13,000  square  meters with  special  corrosion-resistant  steel 
tubes for Belo Horizonte's Mineirão  stadium, Brazil's third largest  football 
stadium with its  62,000 seats. For  the Maracanã stadium  in Rio de  Janeiro, 
Vallourec supplied the tubes installed  in the stadium's maintenance  catwalk. 
And last but not least, Vallourec supplied all the four thousand tons of tubes
for the roof of Arena Corinthians, in São Paulo, where the opening game of the
2014 FIFA World Cup(TM) will be held.

Whether concerning new stadiums  or renovation programs,  each project had  to 
meet specific  technical  requirements,  combined  with  budget  and  deadline 
restrictions. When  compared to  conventional solutions,  structures based  on 
Vallourec tube profiles  are more resistant  and 30% lighter.  In most  cases, 
Vallourec steel tubes contributed to reduce the work site completion time,  as 
well as overall costs, thanks to a reduced number of junctions and welds. 

One year  ahead  of the  2014  FIFA World  Cup(TM)  kick off,  some  of  these 
facilities will already be used for high-level international matches.  Estádio 
Nacional de Brasília  will host the  opening game of  FIFA Confederations  Cup 
Brazil 2013, Brazil versus  Japan, on 15 June  2013; Estádio Mineirão in  Belo 
Horizonte will  host three  games during  the FIFA  Confederations Cup  Brazil 
2013, including one semi-final on 26 June 2013; and Estádio Maracanã in Rio de
Janeiro will also host three games  during the FIFA Confederations Cup  Brazil 
2013, including the final on 30 June 2013.



Additional information

Vallourec provided seamless steel tubes to  five of the twelve stadiums  which 
will host the official matches for the 2014 World Cup(TM):

  oEstádio doMaracanã, in Rio de Janeiro is, with 76,804 seats, is the
    undisputed biggest stadium in Brazil; it will welcome the World cup final
    on July 13, 2014.
  oEstádio Nacional de Brasília, in Brasilia was rebuilt and now has a
    capacity of 70,064 attendants.
  oEstádio Mineirão, in Belo Horizonte, which was built in 1965, went under
    major renovation works and now has a capacity of 62,547 seats.
  oArena Corinthians, in São Paulo, is currently being built and will open
    early 2014 with a capacity of 65,807 spectators (including temporary
    bleachers).
  oEstádio Beira-Rio, in Porto Alegre, has a capacity of 48,849 spectators
    after renovation.



Additionally, Vallourec  provided  structural  tubes to  four  other  stadiums 
hosting regular championship games which will operate as training centers  for 
the teams during the World Cup(TM):

  oEstádio Independência, in Belo Horizonte, went under major renovation
    works and recently reopened with a capacity of 23,950.ce
  oArena do Grêmio, in Porto Alegre is a recently inaugurated new stadium,
    with a capacity of 60,540 seats.
  oAllianz Parque, in São Paulo is due to open in November 2013 with a
    capacity 45,000 of seats.
    
  oArena Barueri, in São Paulo, which capacity was recently increased to
    35,000 seats.

                     Estádio Mineirão, in Belo Horizonte

  Vallourec designed an innovative of roof of 13,000 m^2 with special steel
                                    tubes

                          ©ThiagoFernandes/Vallourec

About Vallourec

Vallourec is a  world leader  in premium tubular  solutions primarily  serving 
energy markets and other industrial applications.

With over 23,000 employees, integrated manufacturing facilities, advanced  R&D 
and a  presence  in  over  20 countries,  Vallourec  provides  customers  with 
comprehensive, innovative solutions designed to  respond to the challenges  of 
the 21^st century.

Listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0000120354, Ticker VK) and eligible for
the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD), Vallourec is included in the MSCI World
Index, Euronext 100 and CAC 40.

In the United States, Vallourec has  established a sponsored Level 1  American 
Depositary Receipt  (ADR) program  (ISIN code:  US92023R2094, Ticker:  VLOWY). 
Parity between Vallourec's ADR and ordinary share is 5 for 1.





www.vallourec.com



                                      

Contacts
Press relations                 Investor relations

Caroline Philips                Etienne Bertrand

Tel: +33 (0)1 41 03 77 50       Tel: +33 (0)1 49 09 35 58

caroline.philips@vallourec.fr  etienne.bertrand@vallourec.fr





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