Quality French manufacture

Quality French manufacture

With our 100% French industrial infrastructure and our dense international network, we are developing a new logistics organisation based on a very tight supply chain.

Completely French industrial facilities

Arquus has a 100% French industrial infrastructure. Our five production sites, spread out across the country, specialise in the following:

  •  design of vehicle architecture and manufacture of armored hulls,
  •  assembly of our vehicles (Renault Trucks Defense, Panhard, Acmat),
  •  maintenance of the French army’s vehicle fleet for VAT, GBC 100 and TRM 10 000,
  •  supply of spare parts.

Industrial expertise and flexibility

Our industrial system gives us the flexibility we need to deliver the goods when business triples in the same year. We have developed new expertise, such as laser cutting, armored steel bending and the construction and welding of vehicle hulls.

Our 5 specialised production sites

  •  Saint Germain Laval (110 people): production of metal components and sub-assemblies used on all our armored vehicles.
  •  Fourchambault (300 people): repair and maintenance of military vehicles, supply and distribution of spare parts for VABs and industrialisation/manufacture of armored cabs.
  •  Marolles en Hurepoix (300 people): assembly, painting of new vehicles and components, retrofitting and repair of mechanical components.
  •  Saint Nazaire (170 people): welding, painting, mechanics, electricity, production support, etc.
  •  Limoges (300 people): management of more than 10,000 references for the production of new vehicles and components.

Supply chain: a new services offering


In 2019, all our spare parts activities will be centralised on a single logistics site, located in Fourchambault. The aim is twofold: to improve performance and propose new services:

  •  customer IS connection
  •  delivery in 24/48 hours or 5 days,
  •  parcel tracking,
  •  logistics for others,
  •  preparation/management of overseas engagement kits.

New contracts will also be integrated on the site, particularly vehicle support for the Scorpion programme.

An international network

To serve its customers, Arquus relies on the commercial clout of the Volvo Group, one of the world's leading in the construction of trucks, buses, construction equipment, nautical and industrial engines.

Volvo Group: key figures

  •  100,000 employees across the globe. 
  •  61 production sites in 18 countries.
  •  products sold in more than 190 countries in 4,000 service centres.

Strategic relations

With a worldwide distribution network in close proximity to its customers, Arquus can provide support for its vehicle fleet and maintain close relations with its customers through concessionaires and service centres that can provide service anytime, anywhere.

Vehicle testing and standards: an obsession with quality

Full-scale vehicle testing


Our prototype and validation department employs 80 people on 3 sites: Versailles-Satory, St-Nazaire, Marolles en Hurepoix. Prototyping, carried out in close collaboration with the design department, is used for the qualification phase. It is based on:

  •  customer requirements,
  •  special military needs,
  •  Arquus in-house standards,
  •  vehicle specifications,
  •  the applicable regulations.

Full-scale vehicle tests are carried out under very stringent conditions (weather, road holding, cross-country, endurance, etc.) as well as on the test bench. The teams then provide customer support through to operational deployment.

Uncompromising technical and protection standards

All our vehicles must meet various technical and regulatory standards:

  •  ballistics protection standards (CEN 1063 standard for armored glazing, IED proof, etc.),
  •  crew protection standards (stanag 4569 - NATAO Standardization Agreement covering standards for protection levels for occupants of logistics and light armored vehicles),
  •  standards to meet specific military needs such as air-transportable vehicles (A400M and C130),
  •  strength properties standards for materials.

Our industrial system gives us the flexibility we need to deliver the goods when business triples in the same year.

A global quality approach


Our quality policy is based on 3 main strategic aims:

  •  customer satisfaction: we measure the quality perceived by customers (feedback, complaints, etc.),
  • employee engagement: we measure our level of operational quality (in design, purchasing, manufacture, etc.),
  • improvement of our processes: we regularly assess our quality management system (internal and external audits).

The company’s process performance is measured and improvement plans are implemented accordingly.

Stringent requirements in terms of export controls

We ensure the strictest compliance of our business with the export control regulations:

  •  manufacture and sale of war material in accordance with the authorisations obtained (PFC for classes A2 and B war material),
  • import and export of the associated vehicles, equipment and technologies under the national and international authorisations required (war material and similar, dual-use equipment, etc.), *
  • traceability of all controlled goods (sale, assignment, loan, intermediation and subcontracting, importation, introduction, exportation, transfer, reexportation and retransfer, transport and storage, etc.)

For the purposes of ongoing improvement, we have established rigorous internal procedures:

  • an export control unit, in relation with export control coordinators, decentralised within key departments,
  • internal audits and regular assessments of our control system in order to identify non-compliancy risks and improve our practices in the field,
  • awareness-raising among our employees in relation to export control regulations and widespread use of best practices.

Over and above our regulatory commitments, we wish to be a responsible engaged partner:

  • respect of commitments made, over and above the regulatory requirements, within the scope of our certification under directive 2009/43/EC of the European Parliament aimed at simplifying transfers within the Community,
  • application of the Group’s own compliancy rules,
  • transparency and total cooperation with the control authorities.


“We understand that the aim of export control is to guarantee the security and national sovereignty of democratic nations and combat the proliferation of massive destruction arms and terrorist and criminal threats.”