History

Past and Present

On 8th November 2011 the legal form and name of BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG was changed to voestalpine Edelstahl GmbH. Bohler-Uddeholm (UK) Limited is a member of the voestalpine Group.

The voestalpine Group has a unique history encompassing hundreds of years of traditions and cultures. The following highlights the key events in the last few years in the evolution of the group that have shaped the current UK operation which is Bohler-Uddeholm (UK) Limited.

1990

In 1990 Voest Alpine Stahl AG, the holding company of Bohler, purchased the following companies from Trustor AB of Sweden:-

  • Uddeholm AB - tool steel producer and service supplier
  • USSAB - speciality strip producer
  • Brukens - steel hardening group
  • ASAB - steel and related service supplier into Asia, Pacific regions and other international markets

1991

In 1991 the Böhler Group Austria was reorganised within the new company Böhler-Uddeholm AG (BUAG) as follows:-

  • Böhler Edelstahl GmbH (special steels)
  • Böhler Schmiedetechnik GmbH (forging technology)
  • Böhler Schweisstechnik GmbH (welding technology)
  • Böhler Bleche GmbH (sheet & plate)
  • Böhler Ybbstalwerke GmbH (strip, coil & bi-metal)
  • Styria Federn GmbH (springs)
  • Böhler Edelstahl GmbH, together with Uddeholm Tooling, formed the High Performance Metals Products Group within Böhler-Uddeholm AG, making it the world’s largest tool steel supplier

1994

July 1994 saw the completion of the site expansion, with the relocation to Oldbury from Alcester of Uddeholm. The European Business Park was opened and the site was to become the home of all Bohler-Uddeholm Group businesses, representing a "one stop shop" for the engineering companies in the UK.

1995 / 1996

Privatisation of BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG (75% private, 25% state owned).

1997

Intersteel (UK) Ltd was formed in 1997, primarily as a "trading" sales company for all steel products and in 1998 Intersteel (UK) Ltd obtained sole agency responsibility for the distribution of Eschmann-Stahl products within the UK. In 2002 BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG purchased 100% shares in Eschmann-Stahl. Intersteel became a division of Bohler-Uddeholm (UK) Limited.

1999

In 1999 Bohler-Uddeholm (UK) Limited obtained majority control of Linertech Engineering Ltd (Rotherham) to support the Bohler Open Die forging department in the servicing of containers for the metals extrusion market. The Rotherham site houses machining and grinding facilities, as well as a number of tool steel items.

2003

Full privatisation of BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG.

2004

In 2004, to fully optimise the premises at Oldbury, the Rotherham site was closed and all machining and grinding facilities were transferred to Oldbury.

2007

Integration of BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG into voestalpine.

2011

Change of the legal form and the name of BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG into voestalpine Edelstahl GmbH.