Tubacex Group >> History

A Story of Effort

TUBACEX is an industrial Group founded in 1963 devoted to manufacturing seamless tubes in stainless steel and high-nickel alloys.

The group's Head Office is located in Llodio where it also has industrial facilities, in addition to those located in Amurrio, Arceniega (all three in the province of Alava- Spain), in Ternitz (Austria) in Greenville (Pennsylvania, USA); in Vittuone (Milán) and San Niccolo (Piacenza), both onf them in italy;  in Umbergaon (Gujarat, India) and in Thailand. 

TUBACEX is a company that has made a considerable effort in the modernization of a traditional sector of the iron and steel industry.

50th Anniversary of Tubacex

50th Anniversary of Tubacex
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TUBACEX receives the SEA-Empresarios Alaveses Award (Alava Entrepreneurs Award) in recognition of the track record and the entrepreneurial commitment of the company and the Internationalization Award granted by the Chamber of Commerce of Álava.


TUBACEX celebrates its 50th anniversary.

New Strategic Plan which will steer TUBACEX actions over the forthcoming five years, focused on two strategic pillars: the change of the product mix towards higher added value products and operational excellence.


TUBACEX acquires 65% of the italian company IBF, a reputed global supplier of customized tubular solutions for the Oil&Gas and Power Generation sectors.


TUBACEX completes the acquisition of 68% of the seamless stainless steel tubes division of the Indian company Prakash Steelage  (Tubacex India)


TUBACEX signs an agreement to create a joint venture with the Japanese company Awaji Materia to manufacture special stainless steel components at its factory in Thailand


Opening of TSS India, TSS Middle East and TSS Central Europe. 


Joint Venture with Senaat, Abu Dhabi's state-owned investment group, for the deployment of Oil & Gas projects in the Middle East. 

Acquisition, jointly with SENAAT, of NTS (NOBU Group): NTS Middle East, NTS Saudi and Promet.


Opening of a Sales Office in Seoul (Korea).


The trading subsidiary Cotubes opens a warehouse in Canada.


Approval of the 2010 TUBACEX Strategic Plan.


Opening of tube distribution warehouses in Indonesia and Shanghai.


Opening of a Sales Office in Sao Paulo (Brazil).


Opening of a Sales Office in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).


Opening of a Sales Office in Moscow (Russia).


Start of OCTG tubes manufacturing at the TTI factory in Amurrio, with new cold-rolling facilities for high value-added products, specialized in tubes for oil and gas exploration and extraction in special alloys.


The company files a suspension of payment (currently an creditors agreement).


Complete reorganization of the company: new organization; specialization in stainless steel tubes; industrial and staff restructuring; creation of industrial subsidiaries; financial restructuring, etc. In 1993, the suspension of payment was swapped for a creditors agreement that would allow them to collect their entire debts. In 1995, the company recorded profit again.


Compañía Española de Tubos por Extrusión S.A.-TUBACEX changes its name for TUBACEX S.A.


TUBACEX acquires the Austrian company Schoeller Bleckmann Edelstahlrohr AG (SBER), with Head Office and industrial facilities in Ternitz and also dedicated to manufacture seamless stainless steel tubes complementary to those provided by TUBACEX.


Opening of a Sales Office in Canada.


Opening of Sales Offices in Italy and France.


Manufacturing of the first seamless stainless steel tube.


The company is listed in the Spanish Stock Market.


An expansion plan is undertaken with the land purchase in the town of Amurrio. New facilities for cold-rolled tube manufacturing and a hot-finishing mill. Setting-up of Acería de Álava S.A. in 1978, so the company can manufacture its own steel and has an integrated production chain: steel manufacturing, hot extrusion and cold-rolling of tubes.


Opening of a Sales Office in The Netherlands.


The company is founded under the name of Tubos Especiales Olarra, dedicated to manufacturing seamless carbon steel tubes and alloyed tubes.


The first tube is manufactured in Llodio on 12 October 1965.


The company changes its name for Compañía Española de Tubos por Extrusión S.A. - TUBACEX.