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.
In Australia the BÖHLER Steels connection goes back to almost one third of Australia’s history, when the first alloyed steel was received in 1907. After considerable growth in 1953 BÖHLER acquired the sales organisation of Poldi Steel. Between 1953 and 1999 BÖHLER Steels developed a network of 5 branches stocking Australia’s most extensive range of tool and high speed, constructional, carbon and bright steels, semi and finished special steel products and tooling aluminium.
The development of 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 workshop hammers in the early 17th century, generations of skilled craftsmen have contributed to the development of today’s products.
ASSAB was formed by a group of Swedish special steel producers to market their products outside Europe. In 1961, ASSAB was established in Melbourne and Sydney., marketing tool steels, alloy steels, hollow bars and selected stainless products. The following years’ growth and confidence in Australia’s manufacturing industry led ASSAB to become the leading stockist of engineering steels with 15 branches in 6 states.
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.
voestalpine acquired BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM in 2007. The company name has now changed to voestalpine High Performance Metals but the trusted BÖHLER & UDDEHOLM brands continue to service the markets.