UNIMERCO (then UNIMERCO) was founded as a trading company by Hans Foxby in Denmark in 1964. During the first years, the product range consisted of Tjep gun nailers and nails. The nails were purchased from a French company which also made deliveries to the American company Paslode (now ITW).
Hans Foxby, founder
Following a trip to the USA, Hans Foxby returned home with a contract as sole agent for Paslode nailers and nails in Scandinavia.
The contract became the foundation of KYOCERA UNIMERCO’s focus on fastening tools, which are still an important part of our business activities. These products are now mainly sold under the Tjep brand.
In 1966, we came into contact with Leuco, a manufacturer of tools for the woodworking industry. Through a sole agent agreement for Leuco’s products in Denmark, the product range was expanded to include tools for use in finishing by shaping and cutting.
In order to counter the effects of the building crisis in the late 1970s, we further accelerated the activities within the area of cutting tools.
Local trading and service company
During the 70s and 80s, service became an important activity because customers demanded regrinding of the cutting tools sold by KYOCERA UNIMERCO.
We purchased our first grinding machine and started a collection service for tools needing regrinding in the area.
National producer, distributor and service company
Our activities spread over an ever-increasing geographical area, while the machine park and product range expanded. Soon, we were also providing a service to the metal and food industries and to the graphical trade.
At the start of the 90s, the construction and manufacture of specialised tools became KYOCERA UNIMERCO’s bid to secure the most profitable production for our customers. During the same period of time, the range was expanded to include measuring tools supplemented by a calibration service.
International advisory producer, distributor and service company
In 1991, we set up a sales company in Sweden as a first step in our strategy towards becoming an international group. In the course of the 90s, we set up businesses in the USA, Norway and the United Kingdom. The expansion, together with a major strengthening of our product range, led to a significant increase in revenue and a doubling of the number of employees during this period of time.
Based on the product range of cutting tools, the international growth increased focus on new customer segments, primarily within the aerospace, telecommunications and wind turbine industries.
Global tooling specialist and optimisation partner
The acquisition of Dandia Industridiamanter in 2000 meant we gained decisive competencies in the area of the production of advanced diamond tools. Along with maintenance thereof, this is one of our absolute core competencies today, particularly in relation to the automotive and aerospace industries.
At the same time, through services such as consultancy and customer training, KYOCERA UNIMERCO has made itself known as a professional partner with a wide range of competences who helps manufacturing companies towards a more effective production.
While many customers are moving parts of their production to low-wage countries, KYOCERA UNIMERCO sets up companies close to the customers to be able to serve them as well as possible. The opening of our first sales office in China in 2005 represents a milestone in UNIMERCO’s history. In 2010, the then 3 sales offices in the country were supplemented by a facility for production and service of tools, which constitutes an important platform for future growth in the region.
In 2008, we acquired the company Derek Walmsley (now KYOCERA UNIMERCO Ltd.) in England. The company specialises in advising and supplying especially inserts and related tool solutions to the industrial market in the UK, including the aerospace, off-shore and medical industries.
KYOCERA UNIMERCO has a lot of expertise in the development and production of tools for optimising complex and costly production runs. Thus, our products can create value for global businesses within a range of industries by improving their performance.
In July 2011, what was then known as the UNIMERCO GROUP was acquired by Japanese conglomerate KYOCERA. The sale made headlines due to the fact that the UNIMERCO GROUP was owned by 75% of its employees. Consequently, the sales amount was distributed among 418 employees.
It was announced that UNIMERCO would continue all activities as an independent unit in the KYOCERA group, and that management and all employees would continue in the new company.
The change of ownership is expected to lead to a wider product range, geographic expansion and more employees. These goals must be achieved primarily through organic growth but also through possible acquisitions of businesses.
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