From pioneer to global player
Almost a whole century has passed since CERAMETAL and Plansee Tizit first started out as pioneers of advanced carbide products. A constant thirst for developing new technologies and innovative solutions for wear-protection and cutting tools led these companies to grow and expand on a global scale. Their merging in 2002 marked the birth of a new global player in the carbide industry: CERATIZIT.
Founding of the Metallwerk Plansee GmbH in Reutte, Austria
The Metallwerk Plansee is founded in 1921 by Dr Paul Schwarzkopf in Reutte, Tirol. The early years see the 20-strong workforce making molybdenum wire and tungsten filament for the lighting industry. The group of companies to which CERATIZIT belongs still carries the name Plansee today.
Series production of tungsten carbide
In 1929 a team led by Dr Paul Schwarzkopf and Isidor Hirschl succeeds in commencing series production of tungsten carbide, with cobalt binder and a high alloy content of titanium carbide.
Founding of CERAMETAL in Bereldange, Luxembourg
The carbide expert and later merging partner of Plansee Tizit is founded in Bereldange, Luxembourg by Dr Nicolas Lanners under the name CERAMETAL, producing filaments for light bulbs.
1948 - 1962 Initial cooperation
Plansee and CERAMETAL work together on innovative carbide products for the first time.
First step towards becoming a global player
By launching production in the USA, CERAMETAL lays the foundations for global growth.
Opening of the Chinese plant
The carbide experts enter the Asian market, opening their first carbide production site in China.
Carbide has a new name: CERATIZIT
The merging of CERAMETAL and Plansee Tizit in November 2002 brings a new name to the carbide industry: CERATIZIT.
Laying the foundations for expansion
The fusion of these two companies is followed by global expansion, with new sales subsidiaries in South America and Eastern Europe.
The first Tooling Academy (current name: CERATIZIT Innovation Center)
CERATIZIT invests in sites across the globe, starting with new administrative buildings in Mamer (Luxembourg) and Reutte (Austria). These are followed by the opening of the first Tooling Academy (current name: CERATIZIT Innovation Center) in Tirol: assessment testing and training centre for the practical testing of machining processes for cutting tools.
Joint venture in Asia CB-CERATIZIT
In 2010 CERATIZIT strengthens its position on the Asian market by entering into a joint venture with the company CB Carbide Taiwan, now trading under the name CB-CERATIZIT.
Opening of the Tooling Academy in China (current name: CERATIZIT Innovation Center)
CERATIZIT opens a second Tooling Academy (current name: CERATIZIT Innovation Center) at its site in Tianjin, China. Using its own machinery, tailor-made tool solutions can be tested and refined in practice using modern analytical technology.
Joint venture with Günther Wirth (GW)
CERATIZIT invests in solid carbide tool manufacturer Günther Wirth (GW), now covering the entire value chain for round tools.
Expansion of the Reutte site
CERATIZIT expands production and office space at its Austrian site, thereby doubling the production of inserts and rods.
Expansion in Mamer, acquisitions in the US and in Italy
CERATIZIT further invests in infrastructure at the Group's headquarters in Mamer, Luxembourg, beginning with the expansion of production facilities at the site. At the same time, the CERATIZIT Group makes advances in the USA by acquiring an 80% stake in the Californian tool manufacturer PROMAX Tools and in Italy by taking over the Italian drawing tool manufacturer VAN-Dies.
Acquisitions in Germany and India
Following the acquisition of Klenk, a metal cutting tool manufacturer based in Balzheim, Germany, CERATIZIT expands its product range to include special solutions for solid carbide round tools used in the aerospace, automotive and medical technology sectors. The company also acquires a majority shareholding in solid carbide tool manufacturer Cobra Carbide India Pvt Ltd, strengthening its network in India.
Growth, an anniversary and yet another acquisition
The CERATIZIT Group is set for further growth: while the new “Dippach” building with production and research facilities opens in Mamer just in time to celebrate CERATIZIT Luxemburg’s 85th anniversary, the groundbreaking ceremony for a new building takes place at the Günther Wirth site in Balzheim. At the end of the year, CERATIZIT also acquires a majority share in tool manufacturer Becker Diamantwerkzeuge based in Puchheim near Munich. Diamond or PcBN-coated tools from Becker boast maximum wear resistance and are ideal for machining difficult-to-cut materials in the automotive, mechanical engineering, medical technology and aerospace industries.
Ascent into the Top 5 of the cutting tools sector
Right at the start of the year, CERATIZIT acquires a majority holding in Best Carbide Cutting Tools, a solid carbide tool manufacturer situated near Los Angeles in the USA. Through the acquisition of this specialist in high-end micro tools, the group not only expands its dealer network in the USA, but also its areas of expertise.
The major coup was landed a few months later. In October 2017, through its acquisition of the KOMET GROUP, a precision tool manufacturer headquartered in Besigheim, Germany, the CERATIZIT Group gained important market shares around the world and made the leap into the Top 5 of the international cutting tools market.
Günther Wirth and Klenk merger
In May 2018, our subsidiaries Günther Wirth and Klenk merged. The name of the new company is CERATIZIT Balzheim GmbH & Co. KG. Based not far from each other, the merger allows their combined resources to be utilised more efficiently.