History

Nedschroef’s history is rich with innovation and collaboration.

Continue reading to learn how we've grown into the fastening technology leader we are today.

19th century

It was back in 1894 when Dutch entrepreneur Hendrik van Thiel established the company H. van Thiel & Co in Helmond (Netherlands). His enterprise focused entirely on manufacturing rivets for the shipbuilding industry.

1900-1925

When in 1902, founder Hendrik van Thiel passed away at the age of 69, his five sons carried on his business. In 1920, the company was renamed to Nederlandsche Schroefboutenfabriek (Dutch Screw Bolt Factory) in 1913, which would later become abbreviated to Nedschroef.

1926-1950

In 1929 the company built its own machine to produce nuts. It subsequently devised the first automatic warm forming machine, that went into production in 1930. To manage their intellectual property rights, a separate patent company was established in 1949: Nedschroef Octrooi Maatschappij (Nedschroef Patent Company). This company would later be renamed to Nedschroef Holding.

1951-1990

In 1961 the invention of a revolutionary hot forming machine resulted in the establishment of a new company named Nedschroef Herentals in Belgium. At the same time, Nedschroef transferred all its machine construction activities to this newly created subsidiary. In these decades the company gradually switched to a high-quality product range for other customers like the automotive industry.

1990s

The nineties started with Nedschroef making another business acquisition, namely that of production company Vereinigte Schrauben Werke (United Screw Factories) with sites in the German cities of Altena and Fraulautern, in 1990. Next was production company Lamson & Sessions with sites in Germany and Denmark in 1992. In 1994, the company’s growing tooling activities were separated and transferred to a newly created subsidiary in Helmond named Nedtools. The same year was also marked by the company receiving the predicate Royal from the Dutch royal house on its 100th anniversary. In 1996, Nedschroef established Nedschroef Fasteners in Helmond and Nedschroef Detroit Corporation in the USA, both trading companies, yet offering different products and serving different markets, focusing on respectively fastener sales in the Benelux and machinery sales overseas. In that same year it also acquired trading company ECDI in Paris. The following years, Nedschroef took over eight more companies to further expand its business activities. The first two were trading company Westbult in Sweden and tooling company SMF in Helmond in 1997. The latter was then merged with subsidiary Nedtool and renamed to SMF Tools. The next acquisition, also in 1997, was that of trading company Chaney & Bull in the UK. In 1998, the company took over trading companies Handimex in Sweden and Elnor in Spain. Following acquisitions were those of trading company Famik in France and production company SBT in Berlin, both in the year 2000. After their acquisition, all production and trading companies sailed under the Nedschroef flag.

21st century

In 2013, Nedschroef established Nedschroef Fasteners Corporation in Kunshan, China. The following year, Nedschroef set up a subsidiary focusing entirely on the aviation industry. Also in 2014, Shanghai Prime Machinery Company took full ownership of the Nedschroef Group. In 2015, the company acquired the production company Whitesell with two sites in Germany, which were then renamed to Nedschroef Schrozberg and Nedschroef Beckingen. With the acquisition of engineering company CP Autosport in 2017, which was renamed to CP Tech, Nedschroef added to its portfolio in-depth expertise in the development of advanced components and their assembly paired with vehicle system understanding.