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From a steel trading company to an international corporation

The traditional double name of the company goes back to Arthur Schmolz and Oswald Bickenbach, who founded the Dörrenberg Stahlgesellschaft in Düsseldorf in 1919 and renamed it SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH in 1922.

Since then, SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH has expanded and strategic acquisitions of renowned steel companies have created an international group of companies with over 10,000 employees today.

In 2019 we celebrate 100 years of SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH, but the roots of the companies of today's SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group go back to 1842. From the very beginning, the passion for steel as a material has been a characteristic feature of the company's history. To this day.

The most important stages in the company's history

1919: The beginning of entrepreneurship


Arthur Schmolz and Oswald Bickenbach jointly found a steel trading company in Düsseldorf. They sell the products of the steelworks Ed. Dörrenberg Söhne, in which they both work as executives.


Initially, the company traded under the name Dörrenberg Stahl-Gesellschaft. In 1922, the two founders give their company their surnames and rename it SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH.


The years of 20s: Steel is always needed

The initially small trading company continues to grow steadily. Sales offices are founded all over Germany and soon the company expands into other countries.

SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH continues to grow even in difficult times and in 1929 takes over Speemann & Vollmann Zieherei with 60 employees. The start of BICKENBACH's own bright steel production.

The 30s till the 50s: A new drawing plant and a cold rolling mill


The previous bright steel production is not sufficient. Only 700 tons are produced annually. A new production facility is therefore set up in 1936 and expanded two years later to include a cold rolling mill.


With English permission, SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH is the first drawing plant in Germany to go back into operation after 1945.  Growth picks up speed again in the course of the economic miracle years.


The handling of steel doubles to 63,000 tons. Subsidiaries are also established in the Netherlands and Switzerland.

The 60s till the 80s: Demand for stainless steel booms


The success curve of SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH continues to point upwards. In just over ten years, sales will rise from 200 million D-Mark in 1960 to over half a billion D-Mark.


By the end of the 1980s, sales had climbed to 1.5 billion D-Mark. SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH now employs around 2,000 people.


The 90s: New foreign locations are opened


SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH opens further sales locations abroad. In addition to Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are also serviced from the headquarters in Vienna.


Since 2000: Transformation from trader to producer of special long steel


In 2003, SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH took over Swiss Steel AG in Switzerland. Steeltec AG, a drawing plant for high-strength special steels, is also included.

Already in 2004 and 2005, further acquisitions of special steel producers in Germany were made, resulting from various mergers of the large German steel companies Thyssen and Krupp. Today they are managed as Deutsche Edelstahlwerke in the SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group.

In the following years, the French Ugitech and the US-American A. Finkl & Sons Co. joined them. SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH thus further expands its worldwide presence. The last acquisition finally takes place in 2018: SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group takes over parts of the French engineering steel specialist Ascometal and integrates it into the Group.


Thanks to its specialization in high-quality steel long products and the integration of various long steel manufacturers, SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH has developed into one of the leading companies in the fields of engineering steel, stainless steel (RSH steel) and tool steel in Europe and worldwide.


Today, the Group is active with six manufacturing business units and is represented with its Sales & Services business unit as a worldwide sales network at 70 locations in over 30 countries.