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About us


Our vision
Is to procure, process and distribute corrosion and heat resistant high-performance materials and components made from these materials. We are the leading supplier for customers in technologically challenging industries both nationally and internationally.

Our mission
Our high-quality products, well-trained employees, extensive services and our international network provide the best conditions for our customers to produce competitive products "just in time". We thus assure healthy growth and a successful future for our companies.

Our values
•Our core competences are flexibility, individual responsibility and commitment
•We meet our daily challenges with persistence and a positive attitude
•We communicate clearly, honestly and transparently
•We are tolerant and open-minded
•We are loyal and reliable partners
•Our team spirit is characterised by mutual respect and fairness
•Our business relationships are founded on consistency and personal contact
•We act to achieve our goals and improve the future in various sectors - internationally

The corporate history
Corporate history of Hempel Special Metals Ltd, Dübendorf, the parent company of the Hempel Special Metals Group:

1919 Foundation of the Swiss representative office of Firth Brown, Sheffield (GB), the first British producer of stainless steels (patent application 1913) in Lausanne
1924 Move to Höschgasse, Zurich and entry in the Zurich Commercial Register under the name of Firth-Stahl-Verkaufs AG 
1947 A small warehouse was installed on Überlandstrasse in Dübendorf
1954 "Staybrite" was entered as a brand name in the Swiss Register of Trademarks 
1957 Relocation to offices in Zweierstrasse, Zurich 
1968 Warehouse I and offices were built on Zürichstrasse, Dübendorf
1976 Extensions warehouses II and III, offices added 
1979 Firth Stahl was acquired by F.W. Hempel & Co. of Düsseldorf 
2001 The company´s name was changed to Firth AG Special and Stainless Metals and integrated into the Hempel Special Metals Group 
2003 A new office building was erected 
2006 A European patent was registered for stainless steel alloys for the Swiss watchmaking industry(1.4435NCu, 1.4521N) 
2007 All companies of the F.W. Hempel Group active in semi-product distribution changed their name to Hempel Special Metals and were integrated into Hempel Special Metals Holding GmbH, Düsseldorf. The subsidiaries in Hong Kong and Poland were established 
2009 A sales office was opened in Shanghai 
2014 Start of the ECONOXX metal trading platform
2016 Firmus Metals Ltd in Dewsbury was bought by the British sister company and was integrated into the Group as Hempel Firmus Metals Ltd 
2017 With the acquisition of the Hempel Special Metals companies in Germany, Poland and England, Switzerland becomes the headquarters of the group
Takeover of TK-Fittings GmbH and integration into Hempel Special Metals GmbH, Oberhausen
André Hempel takes over 100% of the shares of Hempel Special Metals AG, Dübendorf, which becomes a Swiss bassed corporate group

2020 The group parent company changes the name to Hempel Holding AG and spins-off of the operational business to a newly created subsidiary which takes the name Hempel Special Metals AG. Administrative functions for the group, the investments and the real estate remain with the Holding.


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