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About Bessey Clamps

  • Bessey Tool is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional hand tools in the fields of clamping and cutting technology.


  • Bessey is a strong brand, based on many years of innovation and quality.


  • Bessey Tool offers specialist dealers a broad range of standard and special tools for wood and metal processing, a cooperative partnership, and a high level of service.


  • Bessey Tool develops and produces its own tools.


  • Bessey Tool's most important sales markets are currently Europe and North America, and it is looking to the growth markets of Asia and South America.



BESSEY – An Unprecedented Story


Innovation with tradition

In 1889, Max BESSEY founded the company BESSEY & Sohn in Stuttgart as a bright steel drawing plant. Since then, the company has continuously expanded the range of products it offers. It was this spirit that led BESSEY to begin production of manual clamping tools in the mid-1930s. Since then, the strength of its innovation has been underlined by the granting of numerous patents. In 1979, with the takeover of Diener Werkzeugfabrik GmbH, a company rich in tradition, BESSEY established its cutting technology unit with the already popular Erdi snips. In 2004 BESSEY & Sohn was spun into BESSEY Tool GmbH & Co. KG, handling the clamping & cutting technology areas, and BESSEY Präzisionsstahl GmbH, a leading German producer-independent and industry independent supplier of high-quality bright and stainless steels. This unique positioning of BESSEY as a producer of tools and precision steels ensures significant advantages in terms of quality. It allows BESSEY Tools to procure its rails and spindles directly from the BESSEY Präzisionsstahl GmbH, giving it precise knowledge of the steel quality that is going into particular components which are subjected to particular high stresses. This is because bright steels are produced and tested at BESSEY Precision Steel with consistently high quality and the utmost precision, in cutting-edge facilities. “To stop improving is to stop being good.” The motto of the company founder Max Bessey remains true today, as it will in the future, and is the guiding principle to everything that the company does.



Timeline | History of BESSEY


1889 Foundation of a bright steel drawing mill in Stuttgart by Max Bessey.



1912 Continuation of the firm by his nephew Karl Bessey. 



1923 Foundation of the Ernst Diener shears factory. Initially only Berlin pattern snips are produced.



1926 The company 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. 



1928 1928 marriage of Dr. [Eng.] Eugen Mayer and Erna Bessey, widow of Karl Bessey 



1936 Patents granted for a new type of malleable cast iron screw clamp, thus marking the beginning of the production of clamping tools by Bessey. 



1944 Founding of a subsidiary in Bietigheim for producing clamping tools. 



1952 Patent granted for a tempered all-steel clamp. 



1961 Expansion of the Bietigheim works and beginning of bright steel production. 



1966 Dr. Mayer succeeded by his daughter, Dr. Erna Fetscher and son, Dr. Theodor Mayer, who becomes 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. 



1971 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. 



1979 Bessey Purchased the Diener shears factory in Esslingen, thereby expanding the BESSEY product range with ERDI snips.



1983 Consolidation of bright steel production in new mill buildings at the Bietigheim works and sale of the Stuttgart site. 



1985 Bessey Purchased 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. 



2003 Takeover of the sales partner in the strategically important North American market. 



2004 Takeover of the GROSS STABIL clamping tool brand as part of their global growth strategy. 



2007 Integration of GROSS STABIL TOOL to enhance effects of synergy with additional leverage. 



2011 Klaus Fuchs becomes Managing Partner – after 11 years, the BESSEY Group is once again owner-managed. 



2014 The company celebrates 125 years.




Simply better.

  • BESSEY locations

The headquarters of the BESSEY Group are located near Stuttgart, in south West Germany. Since 1983, all administrative functions as well as Sales, Production, there laboratory, and the logistics operation for BESSEY Precision Steel have been consolidated on a 50,000 square metre site in Bietigheim-Bissingen. The development, manufacture, storage and dispatch of clamping and cutting tools takes place some 2 km north of the main works, in the building of the historic, former Kammgarnspinnerei Bietigheim-Bissingen (worsted spinning mill). BESSEY Tools North America, based in Cambridge Ontario, close to Toronto in Canada, is part of the BESSEY Group, and handles the whole North American market in its capacity as a sales and marketing business.



  • You are placing your trust in quality

Precision and long life are at the core of the BESSEY brand‘s quality. The tools have traditionally been manufactured from the highest-grade materials. Thus, the steel for the manufacturing of rails and spindles, for example, comes directly from BESSEY Präzisionsstahl GmbH. In addition, all components are tested by experienced technicians and development engineers using ultramodern process control techniques.


  • You are placing your trust in innovation

“To stop improving is to stop being good.” The motto of company founder Max Bessey remains true today and is the guiding principle to everything that the company does. New products and improvements thus continue to be developed on a long-term basis from innovative ideas, making the operator‘s work easier. The focus is on convenience and safety. User-friendly operation and ergonomics represent the highest benchmark.


  • You are placing your trust in variety

Thanks to the designers‘ many years of experience and to continuous communication with customers, BESSEY has a strong awareness of problem-solving. The result is clamping and cutting tools true to their guiding principle: “BESSEY. Simply better.” With over 1,600 products, BESSEY now offers a tremendously wide and deep range of items customised to special requirements.


  • You are placing your trust in service

Reliability, confidence and sense of responsibility are the backbone of their partnership with the environment and customers. BESSEY has distinguished itself as an extremely service-oriented and futuristic company. They are also supporting their trading partners, for instance, with comprehensive product training programs. This is clearly a complete partnership.

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