The very beginning of our company's history in 1877 was already based on a personal connection. Connections between people also played an important role in another decisive milestone of our company history. In 1953, Josef Böllhoff, second generation manager of our company, first heard about “new types of resilient thread inserts to reinforce threads” (referred to as HELI-COIL at the time) from a family friend in the USA. This was how the first contact with the HELI-COIL licensor in the United States came about. It was the starting point of a success story that continues to this day.
Only one year later, in 1954, Josef Böllhoff acquired a licence for the production and sale of HELICOIL® thread inserts - a groundbreaking step for our company. Up to that point we had traded exclusively in DIN and standard parts but with HELICOIL®, we entered the production of fasteners ourselves for the first time. We opened our first own production facility for thread inserts in Bielefeld in 1958.
In the following decades, the thread insert shaped the development of our company like no other product. Since 1954, we have continuously expanded the range of HELICOIL® variants and tailored them to demanding applications.
Further development stages of the thread insert followed, as well as a multitude of assembly tools - from hand-held devices to automated assembly systems. Today, the HELICOIL® product brand is well-known worldwide and is the market leader for thread inserts in the USA, Latin America and Europe.
“The step into production was significant for what had until then been a pure trading company. We now focused on the expansion of production and sales at home and abroad.
It was particularly important to follow the technological developments in the automotive industry, the high quality demands of the aircraft industry, the light metal and plastics industry. This not only in the Federal Republic of Germany, but also in Europe and later especially in a sales region that is very important for us today: Latin America.”