BESSEY History

Today, two business divisions make BESSEY unique: The positioning of BESSEY as precision steel and tool manufacturer ensures decisive quality advantages. This year, the company is celebrating its 130th anniversary.


Max Bessey founds a bright steel drawing plant in Stuttgart.


Continuation of the firm by his nephew Karl Bessey.


The management board is taken over by Dr.-Ing. Eugen Mayer. Under his leadership, the range of products produced is significantly expanded, both in terms of dimensions and grades of steel offered.


Marriage Dr.-Ing. Eugen Mayer with Erna Bessey, widow of Karl Bessey.


Patents are granted for a new type of malleable cast iron screw clamp, thus marking the beginning of the production of clamping tools by BESSEY.


Founding of a subsidiary in Bietigheim for producing clamping tools.


Patent are granted for a tempered all-steel clamp.


Expansion of the Bietigheim works and beginning of bright steel production.


Transition of the firm to the daughter Dr. Erna Fetscher and the son Dr. Theodor Mayer as managing partner.

Start of a dynamic phase of corporate development:

  • Production of bright steel is doubled and complemented by the manufacture of stainless steels.
  • New patents and developments, combined with modern marketing, make BESSEY into the market leader in the global clamping tools sector.


  • A further increase in bright steel production is achieved at the Stuttgart works thanks to the purchase of the neighbouring Aldinger engineering works.
  • Founding of BESSEY FILS in Strasbourg, from which the company BESSEY-SER arose in 1988.


Purchase of the Diener shears factory in Esslingen, with a satellite factory in Solingen.


Consolidation of bright steel production in new mill buildings at the Bietigheim works. Sale of the Stuttgart site.


Purchase of additional land in Bietigheim, including the area of the former worsted spinning mill, which has protected status. After proper restoration, tool production begins at this facility.


The company celebrates its 100 year jubilee.


Purchases of distributors in the strategically important North American market.


Purchase of the GROSS STABIL clamping tool brand as part of our global growth strategy.


Integration of GROSS STABIL TOOL into BESSEY Tool in order to leverage synergy effects.


After eleven years, the BESSEY Group is once again owner-managed – Klaus Fuchs becomes Managing Partner.


Market launch of the self-adjusting toggle clamp range STC


BESSEY Group celebrates its 130 year jubilee.