Starting immediately, KWW is now operating under the name BILSTEIN CEE (CEE = Central and Eastern Europe). Following completion of the extensive modernisation of the new shearing machine and the setting up of the batch annealer, BILSTEIN CEE is now a fully renovated and ultra-modern cold rolling mill in terms of quality and range of grades – and this is also to be made clear to the outside world through the name change. “BILSTEIN CEE has reached the level of our German companies and gives us a firm foothold in Eastern Europe with which we are setting new standards for cold-rolling production in the region. With the new name we want to emphasise the company’s membership of the BILSTEIN GROUP more forcefully”, said Marc T. Oehler, Chairman of the Board and shareholder of the BILSTEIN GROUP.
Through the acquisition ten years ago, KWW became the gateway to Eastern Europe for the BILSTEIN GROUP. That’s something that circa 160 employees and the management celebrated with suppliers and partners in the Czech town of Králův Dvůr in early November. Since 2005, the sales, grade range and quality have developed very positively despite the difficult environment in Eastern Europe. Today, at about 48,000 t/a (2015), BILSTEIN CEE produces more than three times as much as in 2005. In the past decade, in addition to various investment and modernisation measures, the Czech company has also undergone many restructuring and organisational changes. Following challenging years, the results now show that BILSTEIN CEE is clearly on the right track.