The Cockerill group's name came from the English-born Belgian industrialist John Cockerill, who founded John Cockerill & Cie. in 1817. During the first few decades of its existence, the firm rose to become a major integrated steel company, not only producing iron in blast furnaces, but also producing machines and other articles from the metal.What did John Cockerill do?
He founded an ironworks named John Cockerill & Cie. (English: John Cockerill & Company). At the age of twelve, John Cockerill was brought to Verviers (subsequently part of Belgium) by his father William Cockerill, who was successful as a machine builder there.Who owns Cockerill Sambre?
In October 1998 French steelmaking giant Usinor S.A. reached an agreement with the government to acquire a 75 percent stake in Cockerill Sambre, with the government retaining 25 percent. The Cockerill Sambre Group of the late 20th century resulted from the 1981 merger of the two major iron and steel groupings of the Walloon region of Belgium.Where did John Cockerill live in Belgium?
At the age of twelve, John Cockerill was brought to Verviers (subsequently part of Belgium) by his father William Cockerill, who was successful as a machine builder there. In 1807, aged 17, he and his brother Charles James Cockerill took over the management of a factory in Liege.