History

Fives designs and supplies machine tool and complete manufacturing solutions in a broad range of industrial sectors. 

With a strong foundation based upon renowned legacy names such as Cincinnati, Giddings & Lewis, Forest-Liné, Liné Machines and Rouchaud, Fives is recognized as the preeminent provider of outstanding manufacturing solutions which are at the heart of its customers’ performance. 

Key industrial markets served include aerospace, automotive and truck, heavy equipment, oil and gas, rail, wind energy and general machining. With manufacturing and support operations strategically located worldwide, Fives and its Metal Cutting | Composites businesses, offer comprehensive lines of equipment and technologies including automated assembly, laser welding and cutting, turning, milling, composites processing, software, with the associated support and services (maintenance, spare parts, retrofit, overhauling and upgrading).  

Fives’ Metal Cutting | Composites dedicated teams – approximately 1200 people in over 15 countries throughout the world - offer their expertise and services to supply tailor-made production systems for their customers  including all market leading manufacturers in aerospace, automotive, industrial equipment, energy and rail, all around the globe.   

With more than 200 years of expertise in the development of pioneering solutions, Fives is recognized as the leading provider of competitive manufacturing solutions – a partner that helps customers maximize operational performance.

From design, manufacture, installation, commissioning and customer technical support throughout the machine’s lifecycle, Fives offers the best solution for the customer and drives projects as a true partner. Fives’ global presence, its unrivalled expertise, backed by decades of experience in successful project achievements is considered as a real added-value by all parties. 

Metal Cutting | Composites, specialized in large dimensional high-speed Milling centers and Service support, with renowned legacy names based on 3 historical companies.

FRANCE, Fives Forest-Liné

  • 1835 - Lefebvre Etablissements  founded   his machine workshop in Albert, Somme (North of France) 
  • 1875 - Victor Liné, his nephew renamed the company Victor Liné and specialized in the manufacturing  of machine tools 
  • 1957 - The Forest Company settles in South West of France (Midi-Pyrénées Region) and starts with the manufacturing of machines which produce aircraft propellers. Initially  the company developed its expertise in 5-axis simultaneous milling and, more recently, it specialized in the mastering of high speed milling machines.
  • 1968 - Forest launches its first CNC machining center
  • 1982 - Forest mergers with Liné. The new company in Capdenac developed its expertise in highly innovative placement systems of composite materials. 
  • 1984 - Forest-Liné presents its first Very High Speed milling machine with 1g acceleration (10m/s²) at the IMTS in Chicago Fair.
  • 1997 - Forest-Liné designs the "LINEAR MINUMAC" range - the very first large milling center with axes driven by linear motors on the market.
  • 2006 - The Canadian company “Machines Outils Henri Liné MOHL”, in Quebec, joined the Forest-Liné Group.
  • 2011 - The Forest-Liné Group is acquired by MAG
  • 2013 - MAG Americas and Forest-Liné Industries joined the Fives Group 

 

 

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France, Cinetic Machining

  • 1996 - Cinetic  acquired CMS (CEPEDE founded in 1971 & Rouchaud  founded in 1896-Gendron companies) specialized in metal cutting machine tools manufacturing and refurbishment, as well as in laser welding technology
  • 2000 - Rouchaud launches the patented extrusion milling center MGP300®
  • 2001 - Rouchaud launches the sheet stack routing machine DHP1250®
  • 2006 - Rouchaud launches the patented MGP150 ®
  • 2002 - Cinetic acquired Metrap, specialized in machine tools overhauling and refurbishment of any brands
  • 2003 - Cinetic Machining was born out of the merger of the two companies.  Backed by decades of experience with major industrial players, Cinetic Machining offers innovative machine-tools for the automotive and aerospace industry as well as support in equipment optimization, retrofitting, refurbishing or industrial transfer, always placing its  customer’s productivity and operational request at the forefront. 
  • 2014 - Cinetic Machining launches the hybrid automated drilling unit eADU®
  • July 2014 - Cinetic Machining becomes Fives Machining

 

 

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The U.S.A., Fives Cincinnati and Fives Giddings & Lewis

  • 1859 - Giddings & Lewis founded in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  Started as a small machine shop servicing the lumber industry
  • 1884 - Cincinnati Screw & Tap company founded in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1903 - First Giddings & Lewis machine tool built
  • 1955 - Giddings & Lewis builds the first commercially-available machine tool
  • 1958 - Kearney & Trecker (acquired by G&L in 1990) produces first machining center
  • 1958 - Cincinnati develops first NC profiler for Aerospace
  • 1967 - Cincinnati introduces 5-axis, multi-spindle machines
  • 1978 - Giddings & Lewis produces first flexible manufacturing system
  • 1983 - Cincinnati introduces composite technology with first automated tape layer
  • 1988 - Cincinnati adds to composite technology with first automated fiber placement system 
  • 1994 - Giddings & Lewis introduces hexapod technology
  • 2000 - Cincinnati introduces linear motor machining centers
  • 2005 - MAG purchase of ThyssenKrupp Metal Cutting
  • 2010 - Cincinnati develops composite wind blade systems
  • 2011 - Cyrogenic technology introduced
  • 2013 - Fives purchase of MAG Americas

 

 

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