Salzgitter Mannesmann Stainless Tubes (France), a leading manufacturer of seamless stainless steel and nickel-based alloy tubes and pipes, has awarded Fives with a contract for the design, manufacture and supply of a Bronx six-roll 6.CR9.S straightening machine, complete with ancillary electrical and hydraulic control systems.

The German steelmaker ordered a similar Bronx machine six months earlier – a six roll 6CR10-HD straightening machine – to process high-yield stainless steel tubes up to 280mm in diameter, and at wall thicknesses of up to 50mm. This equipment will be integrated into an existing space-restricted workshop in order to withstand the arduous loads associated with processing such thick-walled tubes.

Both machines will be installed during the summer shutdown after a full inspection at Fives’ workshop in England, where the group has been manufacturing its straightening products for the production of tube, pipe, bar and profiles under the Bronx brand for more than 75 years.

Jon Dunn, managing director at Fives Bronx, Fives’ subsidiary in England, said that the second contract was awarded to Fives because of the excellent working relationship developed with Salzgitter over the past year.