200 years of industrial progress… personal journeys

  • 1905 – The Fades’ viaduct
    1905 – The Fades’ viaduct
  • Around 1904 – Construction of the Fades viaduct, Sioule river (France)
    Around 1904 – Construction of the Fades viaduct, Sioule river (France)
  • 1900 – Workers in a sugar plant in Indo-China
    1900 – Workers in a sugar plant in Indo-China
  • 1888 – Construction of the Machinery Palace, Universal Exhibition, 1889 Paris (France)
    1888 – Construction of the Machinery Palace, Universal Exhibition, 1889 Paris (France)
  • 1876 – Mariinsky sugar plant built by the Compagnie de Fives-Lille (Ukraine)
    1876 – Mariinsky sugar plant built by the Compagnie de Fives-Lille (Ukraine)
  • 1953 – Brazil locomotives
    1953 – Brazil locomotives
  • 1899 - The Alexander III Bridge in Paris
    1899 - The Alexander III Bridge in Paris

The historical origins of Fives date back to 1812 and coincide with major industrial and economic world events.  Fives is responsible for some of the most impressive achievements of the industrial age, from the first steam locomotives to the Alexandre III Bridge in Paris, the metal framework of the Orsay train station in Paris and the elevators for the Eiffel Tower.

When Cail and Fives-Lille (two companies dating from the 19th century) merged in 1958, the group became the "Compagnie de Fives-Lille" and later changed its name to "Fives-Lille-Cail" and "Fives-Cail-Babcock" to finally become "Fives", in 2007.

In the past decades, Fives has developed its activities worldwide and has acquired a number of companies which also have an extensive history of their own.