Origins and Expansion
“Compagnia Tecnica Internazionale” - soon named TECHINT
after the original telex code - was founded as an international
corporation in 1945. The founder, Agostino Rocca, was an
innovative engineer, manager and entrepreneur, and a key force
behind the development of the Italian steel industry in the 1930s.
The company initially provided engineering services to a growing
number of customers in Latin America - to where Agostino Rocca
had traveled after World War II - and Europe. Construction
activities soon followed: the first major Techint engineering and
construction (E&C) project was a network of large diameter
pipelines in Argentina and Brazil. After building the southern
gas pipeline in Argentina (inaugurated in 1949) and completing
other pipeline projects, the E&C activities of the company extended during the 1950s
to the field of power infrastructure. In those early years, the company started the
production of steel structures and heavy mechanical parts and equipment near Buenos
Aires in order to support the manufacturing ventures which soon followed.
Fueled by Rocca’s vision, the company expanded and diversified its original activities
by building and then operating two seamless steel pipe manufacturing facilities,
one in Veracruz, Mexico, and the other in Campana, Argentina. Both plants began
production in 1954. In the late 1960s, a flat steel cold-rolling facility was built in
Ensenada, Argentina, as the first step in a strategy for a fully integrated operation.
Steel manufacturing was now the main industrial activity of the Techint Group.
In the 1960s and 1970s, E&C activities continued to grow as Techint became one of the
world’s major pipeline and infrastructure builders, in addition to supplying turnkey
plants for a range of manufacturing industries from steel to petrochemicals. In the
1980s, the company completed a series of major projects in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador
and Mexico, and diversified into new markets, building its first nuclear facilities and
offshore oil and gas rigs. In 1980, Techint Engineering & Construction was among the
first industrial companies to adopt computer aided design (CAD) systems.
The following decade saw the Techint E&C companies making key contributions to energy
integration in the Southern Cone, laying the pipeline network to link Argentina and
Chile, Bolivia and Brazil, and Brazil and Argentina. In the early 2000s, the company
simultaneously undertook two of the most challenging pipeline projects ever seen in the
region, overcoming a range of natural obstacles in complex environments: the OCP
crude oil pipeline in Ecuador and the Camisea gas and LNG pipelines project in Peru.
The E&C companies also pursued projects in Egypt and Nigeria, working on the
electromechanical assembly of power generation facilities and natural gas liquefaction
plants. More recently, Techint E&C has built a number of regasification plants in Latin
America and Europe.
Currently, Techint Engineering & Construction is simultaneously engaged in several
large-scale projects in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Mexico,
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