bedra History

Made in Germany – for more than 125 years

The history of Berkenhoff GmbH in Merkenbach begins with the purchase of a mill, “the Rehmühle", by Carl Berkenhoff in 1889. Carl Berkenhoff and his sons had very good skills in the manufacturing of wire.

The invention of the first multi wire drawing machine, with a series of consecutive drawing operations by Carl Berkenhoff in 1893 laid the foundation stone for the wire factory in Herborn.

1889

Founding of the Berkenhoff company by Carl Berkenhoff when he sets up a "fine wire drawing facility" in the Rehmühle at Herborn-Merkenbach

1893

Invention and patenting of the first multi wire drawing machine with a series of four consecutive drawing operations

1923

Transformation of the trading company into a corporation: Founding of Berkenhoff & Drebes AG

1965

Setting up a wire electroplating shop

1979

Introduction and patenting of the first coated EDM wire under the brand cobracut® 

1981

Merger of the Merkenbach wire factory with the metal foundry and wire factory in Heuchelheim-Kinzenbach, forming what is now Berkenhoff GmbH

1990

Construction of new wire-drawing, annealing and electroplating halls

2000

Global market leadership for EDM wire

2006

Introduction of the patented Gammaphase-EDM wires under the brand name topas®plus

2008

Commissioning of the new wire-drawing centre for special wires in the plant Kinzenbach

2015

Company takeover of the Berkenhoff GmbH by the Chinese Powerway Group