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17th Century

The company's first steel mill was built by Johan Karlström at Stjärnsfors and named Uddeholms Bruk (Uddeholm Mill) in 1668.  The timing and location were perfect.  There was a strong demand for steel in Europe and the county of Värmland had both iron ore and forests for fuel in abundance.

From the very beginning, Uddeholm looked abroad for customers.  Despite the distance to overseas markets and frequent interruption in trade due to war, Uddeholm grew.


18th Century

In 1746 the owner of Uddeholm, Bengt Gustav Geijer, passed away, leaving his wife Lovisa Tranea and nine children.  To prevent the company from being dissolved, Lovisa took charge.

Under her management, new land was bought and a new steel mill was founded.  By the time of her death four years later, the company's future was secured.

Her four oldest sons continued the successful expansion.  At the end of the 18th Century and during the beginning of the industrial age, Uddeholm had become the second largest iron producer in Sweden.


19th Century

The marketing organization we have today was founded 150 years ago.  In 1843 Mill Manager, Erik Georg Danielsson, spent one year touring North America to fill the order books.  His trip was successful and resulted in several export orders.  Ever since then, close understanding of the markets has been the corner stone of our business strategy.

In 1829 the steel mill in Munkfors was acquired.  This mill is known today as Uddeholm Strip Steel AB.

The Hagfors steel mill was founded in 1873.  This mill grew quickly and in 1882 a new rolling mill was built. Still today, the steel mill in Hagfors is the most important production unit for Uddeholm.


20th Century

The 20th Century has brought us many changes.  With the sales company ASSAB, Associated Swedish Steel AB founded in 1945, Uddeholm has reached many new markets.  This has given us a strong presence in many emerging markets, especially South East Asia.

New process technologies have been introduced for tool steel production.  In several cases Uddeholm has lead their development.  These advancements have allowed us to develop unique materials.

During the seventies and eighties, the company focused on tool steel as its core business.  In this process, some of the traditional resources like forests were sold off.

In 1991 Uddeholm became part of the Austrian Böhler-Uddeholm Group and Uddeholm relocated from Alcester to Oldbury in the West Midlands in July 1994.  The European Business Park was opened and the site became the home of all Bohler-Uddeholm Group businesses.

In 2011 the legal form and name of Böhler-Uddeholm AG was changed to voestalpine Edelstahl GmbH. 


21st Century

In 2003 Böhler-Uddeholm AG was fully privatised and then integrated into voestalpine in 2007.  In 2011 the legal form and name of Böhler-Uddeholm AG was changed to voestalpine Edelstahl GmbH.