History

Böhler Uddeholm Africa

1961/06

Establishment of Bohler Steel Africa (Pty) Ltd in Isando, South Africa – Sales of Special Steel and Welding Consumables (First MD: Mr. Walter Wittmann)

1969

New MD Mr. E Zach

1970

The Furnace Division – building of industrial furnaces for the gold mining industry was established

1973

Opening of Branch Office in Pinetown

1976

Opening of Branch Office in Port Elizabeth

1976

Start with salt bath heat treatment in Isando and Pinetown

1977

Opening of Branch Office in Cape Town including a salt bath heat treatment plant

1980/11

Representation agreement signed for Fronius Welding Machines

1982

New MD Mr. A Richards

1983

New MD Mr. A Verona

1985

Cape Town Branch moves to new and bigger offices

1987/09

New MD Mr. H Wallner

1987

The heat treatment plant in Isando is changed from a production line to a tool and die hardening shop

1990

Cape Town Branch moves into bigger and now owned premises

1992

Start with vacuum heat treatment in Isando

1995

The Industrial Furnace Division was closed down due to economic reasons

1996

Opening of a Branch Office in Harare, this had to be closed in 2001 for general economic reasons in the country. SALES 1997: R59 MILLION p.a.

1998/02

Name change from Bohler Steel Africa to Bohler Uddeholm Africa

2000

Pinetown Branch purchases additional conventional heat treatment facilities from Hall & Pickles

2001/02

Acquisition of competitor Martensite Steel and establishment of Pretoria Branch

2001/08

Acquisition of Mitco Vereeniging – start of machining services and production of die sets
SALES 2001: R87 MILLION p.a.

2002/09

Port Elizabeth Branch Office moves to new premises and salt bath heat treatment gets installed.

2002/10

New MD Mr. H Ulrich

2002/11

Investment in 4 new vacuum heat treatment plants for Pinetown and Isando Branches

2003/05

Official opening of Pinetown’s new vacuum heat treatment plant

2003/11

Official opening of Isando’s new vacuum heat treatment plant
SALES 2003: R118 MILLION p.a.

2003/2004

Investment in 4 new saws for Pinetown, Port Elizabeth and Isando Branch Offices

2000 - 2004

Investments of approximately R25.5 million in new plant and equipment in South Africa

2004 - 2008

Acquisition of CSIR Plasma Nitriding Plants
Investment in new and modern

2008 - 2011

Rübig/TAV vacuum furnaces in Isando, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth (approx R8.5m)

2010 - 2011

Acquisition of Machining Company Roris to extend pre-machining service for tooling industry.

 Investment in new Rübig Duo Plasma Nitriding Plant (approx R4.5m)

New Steel Warehouse in Isando – adding on approx 3000m² storage space

 Expansion of Welding Division countrywide, adding new staff, warehouse and office space in Isando, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Pinetown

Consolidation phase during world recession period

SALES 2009/10: R183m (EURO 19.2m)

SALES 2010/11: R195m (EURO 19.5m)

Integration of Roris Machining into Isando Steel Division and renamed to Bohler Machining

Böhler

Böhler is steeped in rich history dating back to 1446 when the first hammer forge was established, on the site of the current Böhler Steel mill in Kapfenberg, Austria. In 1900 Bohler developed the revolutionary High Speed Steel Böhler Rapid. Then in 1967 a special melting shop was built housing the first ESR (Electro-slag-remelting) plant. In 1991 Voest Alpine, the owners, bought Uddeholm Tooling and established Böhler-Uddeholm.<

Uddeholm

Uddeholm began over 300 years ago when the first iron was produced at Stjarnsfors in the Swedish county of Varmland in 1668. From small mills and workshops in the 17th century generations of skilled craftsmen have contributed to the development of today's products.

ASSAB

ASSAB (Associated Swedish Steels AB) was established in 1945 to sell a range of special steel products manufactured by ba group of Swedish special steel producers outside Europe. Some of the original owners are still household names, companies such as Sandvik, Bofors, SKF, Fagersta Uddeholm and others. In 1976 ASSAB became the wholly owned subsidiary of Uddeholm.