voestalpine Specialty Metals


In 1870 Albert and Emil Böhler purchased steel from a number of different manufacturers and sold it from their company in Vienna.  Their sales, organisational and logistical skills were such that in 1894 they were able to buy the Kapfenberg crucible steel works in Kapfenberg, Styria.  They modernised the plant, expanded the product range and increased production, establishing the name Böhler and quickly becoming synonymous with the term “The Best in Special Steels”.  Innovatively, through a Sales and Customer Service network, unrivalled at the time, the Böhler tradition of being close to the customer was founded, which is still embedded in our culture today.
Today Böhler is one of the world’s most important companies in the development and production of special steels and is considered to be one of the world’s leading tool and high speed manufacturers.

1870      Gebrüder Böhler & Co. is founded in Vienna.

1894      Acquisition of Kapfenberg’s steel mill.

1975      Böhler, Schoeller-Bleckmann and Steirische Gusstahlwerke AG were brought together to “Vereinigte Edelstahlwerke AG” (VEW).

1988     Vereinigte Edelstahlwerke AG is divided to form Böhler GmbH and Schoeller-Bleckmann GmbH.

1990     voest Alpine Stahl AG buys Uddeholm AB.

1991      Merger of the Austrian Böhler and the Swedish Uddeholm to form Böhler Uddeholm AG. The roots of Böhler and Uddeholm date back to 1446 and 1668.

1995     Böhler-Uddeholm is partly privatized by making an initial publicoffering on the Vienna Stock Exchange.

2004    Böhler-Uddeholm acquires Villares Metals in Brazil.

2005    Böhler-Uddeholm acquires Buderus Edelstahl in Germany.

2007    voestalpine AG acquires Böhler-Uddeholm AG; one year later the company is fully integrated into the voestalpine Group as the Special Steel Division.

2008    Böhler-Uddeholm AG taken over by voestalpine AG.

2011     The holding company Böhler-Uddeholm AG is renamed voestalpine Edelstahl GmbH.

2013    Böhler Pacific is established in Singapore to distribute Böhler material for the oil, gas, aerospace and CPI industry.

2017   voestalpine Edelstahl GmbH and Special Steel Division change its name to High Performance Metals GmbH and High Performance Metals Division respectively.