History

History

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Phoenix Steel Tubes was first established in 1928 by L. T. Maddock, who remained Chairman until 1960.

Trading under the name of  Phoenix Steel Tube, its first manufacturing bays were constructed on the site that is still occupied today.

Initial production was centered around the supply of Pressure Tube with a small amount of end reduction and expansion being within the manufacturing capability.

Whilst the first deliveries were made locally by horse drawn vehicles, progress, growth and improvement was both rapid and continous to a point that by 1933 tubes were being manipulated by bending, and horse power had been replaced by mechanical power.

By the start of Word War II the site had been extended to its current layout of 6 main, and 3 satelite manufacturing bays.

With demand increasing, both process lines and workforce were increased and drawbench throughput optimised.

Progress through the 1960's and 70's was continous with new furnaces and production lines together with development of the product range.

The 80's and 90's saw increased focus on supplying into the automotive sector, requiring specialised tooling to hold tighter tolerances and enhanced surface finishes.

Modern days bring new heat treatment and wet preporation lines allowing development in the areas of specialised materials and mechanical properties achieved by cold working. These combined with the continued focus on pressure tube, automotive and niche markets, gives Liberty Drawn Tubes a unique position within the market place. From both. from small to large volumes the business has in place the facilities to satisfy customer demands.

In November 2015 the business was acquired by Liberty House Group and at present it is part of its Tubular Solutions division.