History / Milestones


  • 1850

    Creation of Les Forges & Fonderies de Maurice Ltd by Barron Frères et Cie, a leading company supplying the steam navigation sector.

  • 1870

    Creation of Fonderies et Constructions Coloniales

  • 1890

    Fonderies et Constructions Coloniales renamed to Paul Tardieu et Cie Ltée, three years after being taken over by Jules Poculot and Paul Tardieu.

  • 1908

    Paul Tardieu et Cie Ltée renamed to Tardieu et Cie Ltée.

  • 1931

    FORGES TARDIEU was established as the result of a merger between the two companies: Les Forges et Fonderies de Maurice Ltd and Tardieu et Cie Ltée.

  • 1971

    FORGES TARDIEU purchased Gustave Maurel et Cie, which had specialised in the casting, repair and supply of equipment for the sugar industry since 1905.

  • 1980

    The centralisation of the sugar industry brought about the closing down of factories but resulted in the improvement of their logistics. Changes in the market context led to the restructuring and diversification of operations. In addition to the mechanical workshop and foundry, a whole new range of services were introduced, including engineering, sub-contracting, procurement and construction, allowing FORGES TARDIEU to deliver turnkey projects, offer advisory services and supply a wide variety of equipment to industries in Mauritius and the region.

  • 1981

    Creation of Fotaflex Ltd., a subsidiary involved in the manufacture and sale of a wide range of joints, seals, gaskets, flexible couplings, belts and various other products related to industrial maintenance.

  • 1988

    Creation of Fortaweld Ltd which was rebranded as Fortek Mauritius Ltd in 2014. Fortek Mauritius Ltd is the exclusive agent of Soudure Autogène Française (SAF) and distributes  a large variety of welding and cutting equipment and industrial gases.

  • 1992

    Creation of Tardieu Control Specialists Ltd, which was rebranded as Electrical & Control Specialists Ltd in 1998, a company involved in the design, supply, installation and commissioning of instrument and control systems used in industrial production.

  • 1994

    Creation of Tardieu Technical Support Ltd to provide maintenance services to the local industry, more specifically in relation to steam boilers and ships.

  • 2001

    Creation of MSE Océan Indien in partnership with Malataverne Services Environnement (MSE), a subsidiary of Veolia Water Systems. That company specialised in water and waste water treatment was wholly acquired by FORGES TARDIEU in April 2008 and renamed OISEL Ltd.

  • 2008

    Setting up of GBTC International Ltd., FORGES TARDIEU’s first subsidiary in China.

  • 2010

    Creation of OISEL Nouvelle-Calédonie in New Caledonia which specializes in water treatment engineering.

  • 2011

    Creation of Tradelink Ventures Co. Ltd., a procurement office based in Hong Kong and closure of GBTC International Ltd.

  • 2012

    Creation of Fortek Sierra Leone & Fortek Rwanda. Acquisition of Watertech Ltd a company specialized in water engineering.

  • 2014

    Rebranding of Fortaweld Ltd into Fortek Mauritius Ltd followed by the merger of the commercial activities of FORGES TARDIEU Ltd with Fortaweld Ltd. The new entity being specialized in the procurement and supply of: welding consumables & equipment, garage equipment, steel product (long products, flat products, piping and stainless steel), valves, gearboxes and electric motors.

  • 2015

    Creation of FT Pro-Mecânica Lda in Mozambique which specializes in mechanical engineering for the Oil & Gas sector.