Fine Tubes

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Fine Tubes
Industry Engineering
Founded 1943
Headquarters Plymouth, UK
Products Metal tubes in stainless steel, nickel, titanium and zirconium alloys

Fine Tubes is a UK-based manufacturer of metal tubes, based in Estover, Plymouth, Devon and currently employing 390 staff. The company supplies products to niche applications within the nuclear & power, medical, aerospace, oil and gas, and petrochemical markets.

The present factory size is 51,000 square feet (4,700 m2) with a capacity to increase to 213,000 square feet (19,800 m2). Offices are based in Plymouth, UK, Munich, Germany, Lyon, France, Houston, USA and Noida, India.

The company has supplied cooling tubes to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.[1]

Materials manufactured are stainless steel, nickel and titanium alloys. Product forms are seamless and welded tubes. Manufactured size range is from 0.012" to 11/2" OD.


The company was founded in 1943 as a division of Moray Engineering to specialise in the production of nickel cathode sleeves for electronic valves.

The initial location of the company was Surbiton, but in 1962, it was relocated to Plymouth, Devon.

In 1953 Fine Tubes became a subsidiary of Superior Group Inc, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

In 2012, Tubes was acquired along with its sister company, by The Watermill Group, an investment firm in the USA.[2]

Standards and certifications[edit]

The company's accreditation includes AS9100, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 (1996) and Nadcap Approval of Ultrasonic Testing, Heat Treatment and Fusion Welding.


  1. ^ "Cornwall's role in 'big bang'". BBC. 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Plymouth firm Fine Tubes gets new owner". BBC. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 

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