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History

A modern enterprise full of tradition

Swiss Steel AG, a high-level centre of competence for quality, high-grade and free-cutting steel, is founded on modern entrepreneurial principles. Our success is based on two important cornerstones: qualified staff and modern equipment. Close cooperation with our customers helps us to exploit our innovation potential.

At the same time, we look back on 175 years of traditional and profound experience in steel production. In the last decades, besides the production of structural steel and concrete steel, we have continuously expanded the range of engineering steel and free-cutting steel (QEA). 


Some key data of our company history:

2017Swiss Steel as Switzerland's largest recycling company has been producing steel successfully for 175 years.
2016Modernizing wire rod manufacturing: New coil handling and a new state-of-the-art press. A crucial step towards Industry 4.0 in steel production.
2015The destabilization of the Swiss franc has a major impact on Swiss Steel exports. Management and employees work together to curb the consequences of the expensive Swiss franc without cutting jobs.
2014This year the steel mill produced 628,000 tons of steel, the highest amount ever produced. 13.5 m billets are also processed.
2013The electric arc furnace is modified to optimize energy consumption and productivity at the steel mill.
Renova, an investment company, becomes principal shareholder of Schmolz+Bickenbach AG.
2012The shipping and warehouse building are extended at the rolling mill due to increases in production. The truck loading bays are doubled by this measure.
2011The rolling mill's new intake and exhaust air system becomes operational.
2010Production volumes are once again expanded to 600,000 tons.
2009The global economic crisis causes production to drop to under fifty percent.
2007The Group acquires American steel producer Finkl&Sons and Canadian producer Sorel Forge. Moos Stahl AG is renamed SWISS STEEL AG.
2004-2006Schmolz+Bickenbach purchase Edelstahlwerke Südwestfalen, Edelstahl Witten-Krefeld and French stainless steel producer Ugitech. The incorporation of the processing and distributing activities in Swiss Steel is associated with a change of the group name to SCHMOLZ+BICKENBACH AG. The stock majority held by Stahl Gerlafingen is transferred to the Beltrame Group, Italy. The full separation takes place four years later.
2005Following one of the worst floods in centuries in August of this year, production is stopped for four weeks. Damages run to the millions; the company's future is doubtful. Workers and management refuse to lose hope and with their extraordinary personal effort clear mud and water day and night from the mill and repair and replace damaged machinery. The company is saved.
2003The German steel company SCHMOLZ+BICKENBACH takes over the stock majority of Swiss Steel. This move is a first step towards an integrated steel supplier with production, processing and distribution from a single source.
1999-2005A new electric arc furnace begins operations in 1999. The ladle furnace is refurbished in 2002, and in 2005, the vacuum degasser is fired up. A five stand Kocks rolling mill is introduced to the rolling mill in 2002. This marks a quantum leap in productivity and quality.
1998A new three-strand continuous casting line begins operation. It is upgraded in 2007 and expanded to four strands. This significantly improves billet production.
1996Bright steel production is spun off from Moss Stahl and merged with the new STEELTEC AG.
Banks and creditors of both companies ultimately also due to the influence of the management of Von Roll get behind a different strategy. They make Moos responsible for the short-term repayment of longer term loans and within the framework of a bank deal force Moos to take over Von Roll now in desperate need of restructuring. The banks take over Moos and Von Roll and thus control, founding Swiss Steel AG which pursues other aims than Moos, resulting in the voluntary withdrawal of André von Moos and results in the end of the family-owned company Moos. The Swiss Steel Group in acquiring Moos Stahl AG and Stahl Gerlafingen AG (previously Von Roll) controls steel production in Switzerland.
1995Under the management of André von Moos, son of Walter von Moos and since 1992 president and CEO posts a profit for the Moos Group. The turnaround has succeeded once again - primarily thanks to the concentration of production on high-quality steel.
1988ISO 9001 quality certification for the first time.
1987The Von Moos Group is given a holding structure with the Moos Holding AG as governing body. The Von Moos Stahl AG together with its former subsidiaries are directly responsible to Von Moos Holding AG.
1980A 3-strand hot rolling mill for steel bar and wire rod starts production at Littauerboden. Built for 123 million Swiss francs in two years, the state-of-the-art mill is unique in Europe. Together with the refurbishment of the mill, it reduces reliance on cheap mass-produced steel.
1973Under the direction of Walter von Moos, Von Moos is reorganized and prepared for the future. Von Moos is now the largest industry in the canton of Lucerne with Swiss roots and headquartered in the canton of Lucerne. Within the Von Moos group are 35 companies in Switzerland, Europe and the U.S. which are to help the group survive the steel crisis that begins in 1975. The stock company of the Moos'schen Eisenwerke is renamed the "Von Moos Stahl AG" and share capital is gradually increased. Von Moos ultimately employs over 2000.
1970A new electric arc furnace from BBS and Krupp begins production. It can hold 65 tons of scrap.
1963World premiere: A ton of steel is cast into an arc mould for the first time. The global innovation was developed at Von Moos. It eliminates high, costly and ultimately inefficient casting towers. The sales license valid worldwide is sold to the Zurich firm of Concast AG.
1959As the first Swiss steel mill, Von Moos builds modern concast one-strange continuous caster used as of 1959 for the continuous casting of billets.
1955An automatic wire line starts production in the rolling mill. Coil weight can be increased from 30 to 200 kilos.
1946Von Moos starts production of profiled cold torsion reinforced steel under Austrian patents. Torsteel becomes the most profitable and successful product.
1939-1945During the war, Von Moos expands the product range and produces high-quality steel for the first time.
1938-1941Faced with the international conflict situation, Ludwig von Moos applies for a permit to build a modern electric steel mill. The mill opens at the end of 1939 and decisively helps supply Switzerland with enough steel during World War II.
1928A laboratory now guarantees quality improvement and assurance.
1927Production of reinforcing bars becomes the most important and primary mass production.
1919An electric arc furnace is used in steel production for the first time at Emmenweid. The end of the war causes iron prices to decline, resulting in the closure of the mill in 1924.
1911The Siemens-Martin steel mill is forced to close due to cheap imports primarily from Germany, but also due to technical problems. The rolling mill now purchases the raw material (billets) from abroad.
1893The new rolling mill is equipped with electric motors instead of steam engines. The world's first innovation in mill technology is welcomed by experts.
1888The first efficient Siemens-Martin steel mill is built, processing 70% scrap and 30% iron ore to produce steel.
1853At the Emmenweid facility in Emmenbrücke, the first Von Moos iron production plant and rolling mill start operation. The previous iron manufactory used a lot of charcoal. The von Moos brothers thus purchased extensive woodland and built their own charcoal works. The forest still belong to one of the Moos family foundations today.
1850The von Moos brothers purchase the Emmenweid paper factory in Emmenbrücke including its water rights to the Kleine Emme.
1842The von Moos brothers purchase a grain mill on Reuss island and water rights below the present St. Karli bridge in Lucerne and build a wire drawing plant and nail factory. The ironworks of the von Moos'schen Eisenswerke are born.