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.


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


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


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


Setting up a wire electroplating shop


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


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


Construction of new wire-drawing, annealing and electroplating halls


Global market leadership for EDM wire


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


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


Company takeover of the Berkenhoff GmbH by the Chinese Powerway Group