Copper tube lines

Long products

Copper tube production - integrated systems for all requirements

Whether you want to produce anodes, wire rods, tubes, or semi-finished products - we supply all the equipment you need for copper plants. That includes integrated process technology. Working with us means you enjoy a partnership based on expertise and the assurance that all your components mesh perfectly.

Overview Line Concepts


Casting and rolling of copper mother tubes in one step

The SMS group developed directube® to enable coppertube manufacturers to produce high-quality tubes on a highly efficient Basis. Our directube® system casts tube shells from copper cathodes on a horizontal continuous casting plant. Then a planetary rolling mill directly converts them into mother tubes. This short process route results in high efficiency and lower energy consumption. Plus, you can process the mother tubes on conventional drawing lines to the required final tube sizes. 

Key elements of directube®:

  • Furnace for melting copper cathodes and process scrap
  • Multi-strand horizontal continuous shell caster
  • Surface preparation unit for the shells
  • Planetary mill (PSW) with in-line coiling for cross-rolling

Main Data




90 - 150 mm

48 - 90 mm

Shell lengths

up to 25 m

Rolling output


up to 1,300 m/hr

Coil weight


> 1,000 kg

Your Benefits

  • Lower eccentricity
  • Shorter production route with higher efficiency
  • Less copper input
  • Significantly lower process losses
  • Lower energy consumption
  • Lower investment costs


1 – Melting furnace

2 – Casting equipment

3 – Peeling machine

4 – Shell feeding system

5 – Planetary rolling mill (PSW)

6 – Shear and coiling section



The most compact process for copper tubes

We integrate a special mold technology in our horizontal continuous casting plants so you can efficiently cast small cross sections (near-net- shape casting). What this means for you is that you cast a thick-wall tube, directly roll it into a mother tube, then cold-draw the mother tube to the final tube size on conventional drawing machines.

This is the most economic route by far for small and medium production capacities.



Digital documentation: First step to a smart plant.

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Emergency support - Remote Service

For easy identification of defects and malfunctions and quick initiation of measures for fault elimination.

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Equipment check

Regular inspections and maintenance form the basis for safeguarding the efficiency of your equipment.

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Long-term maintenance services

SMS group offers you the full range of services along the value chain, while you can focus entirely on your core competences.

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Reference - Warehousing at Sulb

Availability of spare and wear parts is ensured by three-shift operation of the warehouse, available on a 24/7 basis.

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Safety Locator

Protect your most valuable asset - your employees - with the SMS group Safety Locator!

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Smart Maintenance

Digitalize your maintenance with SMS group!

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Plant technology
Copper tube production
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SMSgroup Bretz, Carsten

Carsten Bretz

SMS group GmbH
Sales Copper Plants
Ohlerkirchweg 66
41069 Mönchengladbach

Phone : +49 2161 350-1450

SMSgroup Schneider, Patrick

Patrick Schneider

SMS group GmbH
Head of Sales Copper Plants
Ohlerkirchweg 66
41069 Mönchengladbach

Phone : +49 2161 350-1450

SMSgroup Meller, Florian

Florian Meller

SMS group GmbH
Head of Service Copper Plants
Ohlerkirchweg 66
41069 Mönchengladbach

Phone : +492161 350-2219