Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie

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Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie
Industry Engineering
Headquarters Seraing, Belgium
Website www.cmigroupe.com

Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie (CMI) is a mechanical engineering group headquartered in Seraing, Belgium, producing machinery for steel plants, industrial heat recovery equipment and boiler, and shunting locomotives and military equipment.

History[edit]

see also John Cockerill (company) and Cockerill (company)

In 1817 the John Cockerill company was founded in Seraing nr. Liege, Belgium by John Cockerill. As well as creating an iron works John Cockerill also instigated machine building activities, following in the footsteps of his father William Cockerill's who had made his fortune constructing machines for the textile industry in Belgium.

The company produced the primary industrial machinery of the day; steam engines, blast furnace blowers etc. . In 1835 the company produced the first Belgian steam locomotive Le Belge, beginning a tradition of building locomotives for the railways of Belgium.

An association with military equipment also began early in the 19th century; building a battleship for the United Kingdom of the Netherlands navy in 1825.[1]

By 1981 the division had become part of the financially troubled Cockerill-Sambre, in 1982 Cockerill-Mechanique (with a capital of ~2 billion Belgian francs) became a 100% owned subsidiary of that company as Cockerill Mechanical Industries; the company was one of the more profitable parts of the group and it was planned to sell the company as part of the dismantling of Cockerill-Sambre; the plan was not carried out.[2] The company remained a division of Cockerill-Sambre (and its successor Usinor) until 2002 when it was sold to private investors.[3]

In 2004 the company was renamed Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie.[3]

Activities and products[edit]

The company's primary business is in metal mechanical engineering with emphasis on machinery related to or using in steelworks; maintenance, refurbishment and repair of equipment is also part of the companies business.

The industry sub-division manufactures equipment for steel coil treatment including pickling, annealing, hot dip and electro galvanising lines, rolling mills and reheating furnaces for the steel industry.,[4] as well as shunting locomotives.[5]

The energy sub-division products include heat recovery steam generator and boilers.[6] In the late 2000s the company developed high temperature solar receivers for solar power station, with the first installation in 2014 as part of the Khi Solar One power station at Upington, South Africa.[7]

The defence sub-division's primary products are 90mm guns and turrets for light armourmed vehicles.[8][9][10]

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