As of 1 October 2021, the Böllhoff Group has acquired the worldwide HELICOIL® trademark.
Stanley Engineered Fastening is a subsidiary of Stanley Black & Decker based in New Britain, Connecticut. This transaction allows each company to more closely align resources with independent strategic initiatives.
As part of this transaction, Böllhoff Group will licence back this trademark to Stanley Engineered Fastening in the North American region for the automotive repair and non-automotive applications. In North America, OEM automotive applications for HELICOIL® and wire thread inserts will be served by Böllhoff Group, while automotive repair and aftermarket applications and other industries will be served by Stanley Engineered Fastening. The remainder of the globe will be served by Böllhoff Group.
Böllhoff Group and Stanley Engineered Fastening are both leading manufacturers of specialty fasteners serving the automotive, industrial and aerospace markets. The companies have a 70-year history of partnership in the HELICOIL® product line and associated trademarks. During this long history together, they have established successful licence agreements to develop the markets and products which serve customers around the world.
Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a leading $14.5 billion global diversified industrial with 53,000 employees in more than 60 countries who make the tools, products and solutions to deliver on its Purpose, For Those Who Make The World. The company operates the world's largest tools and storage business featuring iconic brands such as DeWalt, Stanley, Black+Decker and Craftsman; the world's second largest commercial electronic security company; and is a global industrial leader of highly engineered solutions within its engineered fastening and infrastructure businesses.
The HELICOIL® thread reinforcement principle was developed and patented in the USA as early as 1938. In 1954, Josef Böllhoff acquired a licence for the production and sale of HELICOIL® thread inserts for the Böllhoff Group. Having been operating exclusively as a wholesaler until then, Böllhoff now entered the production of fasteners for the very first time. In the following 67 years, the HELICOIL® thread insert contributed to Böllhoff's success like no other product.
The functionality of the HELICOIL® thread insert has remained unchanged over the past decades. It creates high-strength fastenings in materials with low shear strength such as aluminium, magnesium or fibre-reinforced plastics. HELICOIL® is therefore predestined for lightweight construction and is used in almost all industries today, e.g. in the automotive and aerospace sectors or in mechanical engineering. Since 1954, Böllhoff has continuously optimised the design and variety of the thread insert and the corresponding assembly systems and tailored them to demanding applications.