Fives' history in Tube and Pipe

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1896 - 1901: Fives’ history in tube and pipe begins

1896: Taylor-Wilson Company Ltd. formed and began developing finishing equipment for the steel industry. 
1901: Etna Machine Company was founded and began manufacturing a unique brush-drilling machine, rotary swagers, tube forming and welding machines, as well as other similar machines for the tube makers. 

1920: First cage-type forming mill

Etna Machine Company built its first cage-type forming mill, and later built its first combined forming and welding tube mill. By the end of War World II, the company was well established as a premier tube equipment supplier and had further expanded its products.

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1940: A pioneer in straightening products

Bronx Engineering Company Ltd. was formed and began its work developing general equipment for the European steel industry.

Manufacturing straightening products for the production of tube, pipe, bar and profiles, Bronx was a pioneer and an innovator.


1965: Specialized machines from Abbey

Abbey Etna Machine Company added cold drawbenches, and in succeeding years broadened its product line to include slitting lines, tube and pipe mill entry line equipment, traveling and stationary cut-off machines, facing machines, and a wide range of specialized machines related to tube and pipe production and finishing.

1973: Co-licensing

Bronx began co-licensing with Taylor-Wilson so as to access new markets and to better use technology. 

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1980: OTO Mills

OTO mills was founded by Steno Marcegaglia and began designing, manufacturing and installing complete units for the production of welded tubes and profiles.


1988: Bronx/Taylor-Wilson Company

The two companies, Bronx and Taylor-Wilson merged and formed the Bronx/Taylor-Wilson Company, a global leader in steel and non-ferrous mill finishing equipment and solutions.

2001 - 2003: Partnership

2001: Bronx/Taylor-Wilson is formed, acquired assets and intellectual property of both Taylor-Wilson and Bronx Engineering Bar & Tube
2003: Abbey International joined the Bronx International team. With the combination of Abbey International mills and Bronx Taylor Wilson products for finishing equipment we have created a strong source for our customers.

2001 - 2003: Mergers and acquisitions

2010: Fives acquired the Abbey/ Bronx Taylor-Wilson partnership, which then becomes Fives Bronx Inc. and Fives Bronx Ltd.
2013: Fives acquired OTO S.p.A. (ex OTO Mills) and OTO Automation, a specialist in tube & pipe mills, which then becomes Fives OTO S.p.A.