Company

History

We enable successful connections – for more than 140 years

Future needs origin

Started off as a local wholesaler for hardware back in 1877; today we are your partner for joining technology with assembly and logistics solutions.

A lot has changed in our family business over four generations. What drives us has not: passion for successful joining.

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Four generations – One success story

Wilhelm Böllhoff (* 1848 / † 1924)

  • Wholesale ironmongery business founded in Herdecke, Germany in 1877
  • Branch opened in Bielefeld, Germany in 1923

Josef Böllhoff (* 1894 / † 1984)

  • Joined the company in 1923
  • Acquisition of the US license for the production of thread inserts under the brand name HELICOIL®
  • Started industrial production of HELICOIL® fasteners in 1958

Dr. Wolfgang W. Böllhoff (* 1934)

  • Joined the company in 1962
  • Established production and distribution facilities in Europe and the Americas
  • Today, honorary chairman of the advisory council

Michael W. (* 1971) and Wilhelm A. Böllhoff (* 1965)
Managing partners

  • Joined the company in 1998 and 1995 respectively
  • Expansion of company locations in Eastern Europe and Asia

Our milestones

1877

Wilhelm Böllhoff from Herdecke (Germany), travelling ironmongery salesman and youngest son of master tailor Friedrich Böllhoff, sets himself up in business on Epiphany. He establishes an ironmongery wholesale business focusing on metalwork, forging and mining. Right from the start, he concentrates on nationwide direct sales, extending his business beyond the borders of Westphalia.

1923

Following the French occupation of the Ruhr area, the second generation – Josef Böllhoff and family – establishes a branch in Bielefeld. Josef Böllhoff begins to specialise in screws, nuts and threaded parts for machine construction and shipbuilding.

1954

Josef Böllhoff acquires a US licence for the production of threaded inserts used for reinforcing screw threads, under the brand name of HELICOIL®.
With this, Böllhoff expands its existing business to include the production of fasteners – an important decision for the future.

1958

The company’s first production facility is inaugurated in Bielefeld, where HELICOIL® threaded inserts are manufactured.

1962

Dr. Wolfgang W. Böllhoff enters the family business. Böllhoff begins to expand internationally by opening their first foreign branch office in Austria.

1964

Böllhoff follows the example of Volkswagen, supplying products to Mexico and Brazil and establishing production and sales facilities in those countries.
Dr. Wolfgang W. Böllhoff assumes leadership of the company.

1969

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon. HELICOIL® threaded inserts were used on their lunar module.
At the company site in Bielefeld, the processing of plastic for technical precision parts begins.

1972

Böllhoff establishes a production and sales facility in France, where the manufacture of RIVKLE® blind rivet nuts and screws begins.
This product enables the company to expand into the key market areas of Italy and Spain; branch offices are subsequently established in those countries.

1990-1992

The reunification of Germany and consequent opening of eastern Europe leads to the establishment of a second German production facility in Sonnewalde (southern Brandenburg). Additional branches are soon opened in southeastern Europe.

1994

Wilhelm A. Böllhoff becomes the fourth generation to enter the family business.

1998

Michael W. Böllhoff enters the familiy business.

2000

Böllhoff purchases a production facility for blind rivet technologies in Kendallville, Indiana, USA (near Fort Wayne). Michael W. Böllhoff is appointed manager of this facility.

2001

Böllhoff has maintained a strong trade relationship with China since the 1980s, and now takes its first sustainable step into the Asian market with the establishment of a sales office in Shanghai.

2004

Böllhoff opens a production facility in Wuxi, China. This is the company’s first production facility in Asia.

2010

Böllhoff acquires Armstrong Precision Components (APC) in Hull (United Kingdom), cementing its position in the European Union sales area.

2016

Böllhoff expands its Asian presence with the opening of sales offices in Japan and South Korea.

2019/2020

International logistics centres in Oelsnitz/Vogtland (Saxony, Germany) and Sainte-Hélène-du-Lac (France) commence operations.

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