In the early hours of 22 August 1886, industrial history was made in Remscheid, Germany: Max and Reinhard Mannesmann rolled the first seamless steel tube. This was still an extremely massive, thick-walled construct, but the process would ultimately revolutionize industrial fabrication. Plant equipment manufacturers and the motor vehicle industry had long been waiting for steel tubes with a relatively low weight that could be formed in virtually any shape. Thus, the attention this breakthrough received was correspondingly great. The Mannesmann tube went on to conquer the world.
In 2000, Salzgitter AG acquired the Mannesmann tube plants, thus forming the basis for the Tubes business unit of the Salzgitter Group. The production of seamless and welded steel tubes under the Mannesmann brand continued under the Salzgitter umbrella.
The enterprises of the recently rechristened Mannesmann Division are today a fundamental part of Salzgitter AG. Every day, the 8,000 employees of these enterprises work to produce the world's finest tubes.
Even today, we remain inspired by the pioneering spirit that has driven engineers and scientists around the world since the development of the seamless steel tube. Innovativeness, research and development hold a high place in our enterprise.
At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, for instance, subatomic particles are accelerated to almost the speed of light and caused to collide in our stainless steel tubes, helping to expand the boundaries of known physics.
The future has already started.