History

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
2003/11 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

2017 voestalpine Edelstahl GmbH and Special Steel Division change its name to voestalpine High Performance Metals GmbH and High Performance Metals Division respectively.
Acquisition of CMP Alloys Scotland
2018 New MD Mr. C Grzimek
2018 Investment in a new E530 Saw, that increases our cutting speed by 4 times.

Rebrand of  Africa business to voestalpine High Performance Metals Africa Ltd, from Bohler Uddeholm Africa.  Established voestalpine Specialty Metals Africa Division for greater focus and support for our Oil & Gas sector customers.