Arquus Saint-Nazaire

Arquus Saint-Nazaire

Located in the Loire-Atlantique region, the Arquus Saint-Nazaire site is responsible for the maintenance of all the Army's vehicles managed by Arquus.  

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Did you know? The Saint-Nazaire site specializes in the regeneration and modernization of military vehicles.

Center of Excellence for Land Operational Maintenance

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Arquus Saint-Nazaire: fully committed to the military

As the new Center of Expertise for maintenance in land operational condition of Arquus, Saint-Nazaire is in charge of the maintenance of all french Army vehicles taken care of by Arquus, such as the VLRA, TRM2000, TRM1000, PVP, and since 2021, the GBC180 from the Limoges factory.

Production of VT4 Saint-Nazaire

Production of VT4s at the Saint-Nazaire factory. These vehicles are gradually replacing the French Army's P4s.

2018 is an important year for the Saint-Nazaire site as it marks the start of VT4 production. 

Two years later, 2,000 of the planned 3,980 VT4s have already been delivered to the French forces.
2022 will be the last year of delivery with 1300 VT4 expected.

TRM2000 Arquus Saint-Nazaire


Saint-Nazaire is in charge of the TRM2000 renovation program. The TRM2000 Private Industrial Repair (RIP) program is the seventh truck support program handled by Arquus, after the six PIR programs included in the MSSPL contract (Heavy Duty Service Support Contract).

As part of the new industrial strategy of Arquus, 7 million euros of investments are planned by Arquus over three years.

For several years now, the Arquus Saint-Nazaire site has not only been transformed industrially but also in terms of work organization. Indeed, by relying on the Volvo Group, Arquus has deployed the Volvo Production System, putting the employee at the center of a permanent improvement process. This approach is beneficial for both the operator and the company. The Arquus internal trades school, as well as apprenticeship and tutoring, are complementary to the Volvo Production System, and allow the development and perpetuation of new skills.

Men and women fully committed to the armed forces

The Saint-Nazaire site currently employs 400 people in a wide range of professions.

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The History of the Arquus Saint-Nazaire site

From the Ateliers Legueu de Meaux (ALM) to the Center of Excellence for Operational Maintenance, passing by the Ateliers de Construction Mécaniques de l'Atlantique (ACMAT), relive the great moments of the Saint-Nazaire industrial site.


The long history of ACMAT began in 1948 with the creation of the ALM company in Meaux by René Legueu. Before that, he had specialized in the transformation of agricultural vehicles since the 1920s.

In 1950, René Legueu was entrusted by Panhard with the production of special all-wheel drive trucks. The success of this experiment was such that it led Legueu to manufacture his own off-road vehicles by assembling components from different manufacturers.

ALM's success materialized in 1954 with the release of the TH4, which was nevertheless produced in limited series. In 1959, ALM designed its own vehicle with the TPK4, the forerunner of the future VCOM and famous VLRA.

VCOM produces on the ACMAT site in Saint-Nazaire

VCOM produces on the ACMAT site in Saint-Nazaire


The end of the Algerian war marked the decline of the French firm, as the majority of the trucks were destined for the colonial possessions. Rather than taking over the company on the death of his father, Paul Legueu moved the company to Saint-Nazaire and created the Ateliers de Construction Mécanique de l'Atlantique (ACMAT) in 1965.

From then on, he undertook a profound restructuring of the company while relying on the models that had made ALM successful. On the basis of the VCOM, Paul Legueu launched the VLRA (Reconnaissance and Support Liaison Vehicle) in 1967. For more than 40 years, the VLRA was by itself the only one to make the success of the brand. This vehicle has become mythical and will be available in 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 versions.

VLRA ambulance

VLRA ambulance


Independent for more than 40 years, ACMAT became a subsidiary of the Renault Trucks Defense group on May 16, 2006. The French manufacturer chose to diversify the ACMAT product range and launched the Bastion in 2008, the ALTV in 2009 and the Trigger in 2017.

The ALTV, a multi-role vehicle with high tactical mobility, is the first military pick-up manufactured in France. By 2014, 20 countries had already ordered one and the 1000th model was marketed at the end of 2014. 

Acmat Light Tactical Vehicle (ALTV)

Acmat Light Tactical Vehicle (ALTV)