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A century of inovation

From hammer forging beginning in the middle ages, driven by waterpower, inventors, ideas, patents and to the establishing of companies in the pioneer age of the European heavy industries. Revolutionary advances, reorganisation, new technology, and continued growth. We are the inheritors of revolutionary inventions and are aware of the responsibility that carries. Steel has a long tradition in the towns in which Böhler is based.

But the real success story began in 1870. Albert and Emil Böhler purchased steel from a number of different manufacturers and sold it from their company in Vienna. Due to the great success they were able to buy the mill in Kapfenberg, Styria in 1894 and modernised and expanded production impressively.

The outstanding quality of the steel was the measure of success even then. Simultaneously a worldwide sales network was built up, unique at the time. Even then, Böhler recognised the importance of being close to the customer. And so the foundation was laid for Böhler to establish it`s brandname as a synonym for the very best in special steel.

Milestones in a success story spanning over 125 years:

  • 1446 First hammer forge in kapfenberg owner: Arnold Taubenprunner
  • 1894 Acquisition of Kapfenberg’s steel mill
  • 1950 The BÖHLER companies open in Bucharest a representative office.
  • 1994 „100 JAHRE“ Böhler in Kapfenberg
  • 2002 BÖHLER ROMANIA company was founded as a firm with limited responsability, with 100 % austrian participation.
  • Today Böhler is one of the most significant companies in the development and production of special steels, and is one of the world's leaders in the areas of high speed steels and tool steels.


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