The history of Tréfimétaux

Tréfimétaux was created in the 60s of last century. From 1987 to March 2016, she was part of the KME group under the name of KME France since May 2007. In April 2016, Tréfimétaux returns to its original name and regroups Courbevoie sites, Givet, Niederbruck and Seravalle Scrivia in Italy.


The birth of Tréfimétaux by merger of the Compagnie Française des Métaux (founded in 1892) and the Tréfileries et Laminoirs du Havre (founded in 1907).


Merger and acquisition of Tréfimétaux by the Pechiney Group. Tréfimétaux constitutes the copper division of the Pechiney Group and represents 8% of its activities.


Tréfimétaux refocuses its activities on mechanical products and gives the activities which are not in accordance with its strategy. In 1980, the cable production business is sold to Pirelli.


Tréfimétaux restructures itself: substantial investments are implemented to improve productivity and process reliability, along with a progressive and significant downsizing passing from 6 000 to 2 500 people. The factories of Le Havre and Dives sur Mer are closed.


The Italian company SMI, which already operates in copper, acquires 100% of Tréfimétaux with Pechiney. This merger resulted in the creation of a large European industrial group specialized in copper processing. A multi-year investment plan of 100 million francs was then engaged for Tréfimétaux.


The company Cuivre et Alliage, a subsidiary of Tréfimétaux since 1987, became a separate division.


The Italian Company “SMI” Società Metallurgica Italiana SpA acquires through its subsidiary “Europa Metalli SpA” the majority of shares of KM-Kabelmetal and became the first copper transformer in the world.


Tréfimétaux reorganizes his rolled products division and consolidating its distribution activities in France.


A common management structure to Europa Metalli and Tréfimétaux is established. It is built around three operating divisions, grouping together homogeneous production and sales activities (tubes, brass rods and copper and rolled products).


Tréfimétaux SA (France), Europa Metalli SpA (Italy) and KM-Kabelmetal AG (Germany), three companies operating longtime in the European copper industry, merged to form KME, a subsidiary 100% held by the SMI.


SMI increases its shareholding in KME AG.


SMI holds 100% of the capital of KME AG.


The business of the Brass Rods is become a subsidiary. The French subsidiary was renamed Tréfimétaux Brass SAS.


The Financial holding SMI was renamed KMEGroup SpA.


In order to reinforce its image of an European Group fully integrated, KME Group decides to adopt, for all its subsidiaries, KME® brand. So, as of 1st May 2007, Tréfimétaux SA becomes KME France SAS S.A.S and Tréfimétaux Brass becomes KME Brass France SAS.