Timeline in the history of Mannesmann

It began with a revolutionary invention

1885Reinhard and Max Mannesmann file a patent application for the process of rolling seamless steel tubes invented by them
1886Granting of the patent and rolling of the first seamless steel tube

Ever international


Mannesmannröhren-Werke plants were established in Remscheid, in Bous in the Saarland, in Komotau in Bohemia (Austria) and in Landore, Wales


Formation of the company Deutsch-Österreichische Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG headquartered in Berlin which integrated the tube works in Remscheid, Bous and Komotau; in the same year Reinhard and Max Mannesmann developed the pilger rolling process


Reinhard and Max Mannesmann stepped down from the company management board. The head office was transferred from Berlin to Düsseldorf


The subsidiary company Deutsche Röhrenwerke A.-G. was founded in Düsseldorf to produce welded tubes


Takeover of the previously independent Mannesmannröhren-Werk plant in Landore, Wales


The Deutsche-Österreichische Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG was split into Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG based in Düsseldorf and its subsidiary Mannesmannröhren-Werke Ges.mbH based in Vienna. Construction of a new tube works began in Dalmine, Italy

From a tube manufacturer to a coal and steel conglomerate

ab 1911Acquisition of collieries, ore mines and limestone quarries

Acquisition of Schulz Knaudt AG, Duisburg, which was developed into the iron and steel works Hüttenwerk Huckingen in the following years

1940-1945Employment of prisoners of war and forced labor to maintain production

By order of the Allies, Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG and its subsidiaries were unbundled to form three successor companies, in 1954 the Group was reformed under the leadership of Mannesmann AG

1952-1955 The Group established steel and tube works of its own in Brazil, Canada and Turkey

A pioneer in diversification

1968-1975  Phased acquisition of hydraulics specialist G.L. Rexroth GmbH, marking the start of the diversification of the Mannesmann Group. In the following decades the Group developed and expanded its business activities in the fields of mechanical engineering and plant construction, drive systems and process control, electrical engineering and electronics as well as automotive engineering
1969Coal mining operations folded into Ruhrkohle AG

Agreement between Thyssen and Mannesmann on a division of labor, formation of Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG

1989Foundation of Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmbH with subsequent development of the Telecommunication Division
1990Foundation of Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann GmbH, Duisburg
1991 Europipe GmbH joint venture company established to produce large-diameter pipes
1993Foundation of MHP Mannesmann Hoesch Präzisrohr GmbH, head office of Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG transferred to Mülheim an der Ruhr
1994DMV Stainless BV established jointly with Dalmine SpA of Italy an Vallourec of France to produce stainless tubes
1997Joint venture company V & M Tubes established together with Vallourec in the field of seamless hot-rolled steel tubes
ab 1998Acquisition of Austrian, Italian and British telecoms companies

An end and a new beginning

1999 A resolution was adopted to split the Mannesmann Group into independent Engineering & Automotive and Telecommunications divisions in the year 2000 and float the Engineering & Automotive division on the stock market as Atecs Mannesmann AG

A majority shareholding in Mannesmann AG was acquired by the British-based Vodafone Group. Mannesmann AG and the Mannesmann telecommunications activities were absorbed into Vodafone, Salzgitter AG acquired a majority interest in Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG and Atecs Mannesmann AG was sold to Siemens AG


Mannesmann AG held its last AGM on August 22, among the resolutions passed was a change of name to Vodafone

The tubes story continues

2003 Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG becomes the sole owner of DMV Stainless
2004 Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG increases its interest in Röhrenwerk Gebr. Fuchs GmbH to 100 %

The stock corporation Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG is converted into a limited company; Mannesmann‘s interest in the joint venture V & M Tubes is sold to Vallourec and in the following year its stake in Vallourec is also sold


Acquisition of Vallourec Prècision Etirage S.A.S., bringing a substantial expansion of the precision tubes product segment

since 2008

Investments and extensive restructuring to tailor tubes production and companies to current and future market requirements

2017 Relaunch of the brand appearance Mannesmann