UN PEU D'HISTOIRE

200 ans déjà que John Cockerill, arrivé quelques années auparavant en Europe, s’installe à Seraing. Guillaume 1er d’Orange, souverain du Royaume des Pays-Bas, lui remet alors les clés du château qui porte aujourd’hui son nom, en signe de soutien au développement de la mécanisation de l’industrie en Europe. La révolution industrielle est en marche!

John Cockerill, visionnaire, y déploya une multitude de projets et de réalisations qui marqueront à jamais le paysage industriel belge, européen et même mondial: métiers à tisser, machines à vapeur, canons, chaudières, sidérurgie, locomotives, moteurs de bateau ...

Mort en 1840 lors d’un voyage d’affaires à Varsovie, John Cockerill laisse à ses héritiers un esprit d’entreprendre et un savoir-faire qui se perpétue encore 200 après son arrivée à Seraing.

2017

Celebration of Cockerill’s bicentennial

2016

After 4 years of diversification in environmental solutions, CMI turns it into a fully fledged line of business

2004

Cockerill Mechanical Industries becomes Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie. This change of name highlights the determination of CMI to capitalise on the synergies from its two core lines of business, maintenance and engineering.

2002

Usinor, a shareholder of the Walloon steelmaker Cockerill Sambre, sells CMI to an independent private shareholding structure, which still owns the Group to this day.

1982

Cockerill’s Mechanical Construction division becomes a subsidiary of the steelmaking concern Cockerill Sambre and takes the name of Cockerill Mechanical Industries (CMI).

1950

Cockerill develops the market of electric and nuclear power plants

1940

From merger to merger, the company’s centre of gravity veers from mechanical construction to steelmaking.

1939

Construction of the T12: a legendary locomotive

1927

Cockerill celebrates its 110<sup>th</sup> anniversary, with a visit from King Albert I.

1905

Liège world’s fair. Cockerill rhymes with innovation on many fronts.

1898

Belgium is the world’s number 2 economic power

1890

Expansion in China and construction of steel plants, bridges, and the first great railway from Beijing to Hankou (1904)

1878

Construction of steamers in Hoboken for the exploration of the Congo River by Stanley

1856

Construction of the first transatlantic ocean liner

1843

Construction of the first suspension bridge of Seraing, the first one made of iron in the region, that enabled workers to get to work by a means other than by boat

1842

Creation of the first “société anonyme” [public limited company] : Les Etablissements John Cockerill

1840

Death of John Cockerill in Warsaw.

1835

Construction of “Le Belge” [the Belgian], the first steam locomotive on the European continent.

1831

Manufacturing of cannon carriages

1826

Firing of the first blast furnace in the region

1817

John Cockerill buys Seraing Castle

1802

Aged 12, John Cockerill joins his family, which had been established in Belgium since 1799