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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,

Agostino Rocca

(1895-1978),

founder of the

Techint Group.