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thyssenkrupp in North America - Historical Highlights

Our History in North America

thyssenkrupp’s history in North America dates back to the 1830s, when Krupp founder Alfred Krupp first sent coin minting prototypes to the United States. Supply of cast steel, railway wheel tires, and locomotive design engineering to customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico over the next 70 years would later give way to involvement in larger scale projects such as Thyssen & Company’s delivery of pipes for the power plant at Niagara Falls and Krupp’s supply of 700 tons of Nirosta stainless steel for the cladding of the Chrysler Building in New York City, and the founding of permanent offices representing each group in North America in the late 1950s. With expansion and diversification in the last half of the twentieth century, as well as the eventual merger of the Thyssen and Krupp groups to form today’s thyssenkrupp, operations expanded beyond historical steel and engineering strengths to include robust elevator development and manufacturing operations, automobile components development and manufacturing operations, and industrial plant design and engineering operations.

Today, our more than 40 companies in the Unites States, Canada and Mexico are proud to offer customers design, engineering and materials expertise through operations that range from the provision of premium carbon steel and high-performance alloys to the manufacture and assembly of automotive components, elevators, and escalators and from the provision of material trading, handling and logistics services to the design and construction of industrial plants, among others. Our innovative thinking, engineering mind-set, and manufacturing expertise have made the 21st century one full of even more possibility in the region. Our materials, engineering expertise and technology offerings have allowed our companies to proudly contribute to projects as diverse as the construction of the Mars Curiosity Rover, the construction of the SkyTrain (Vancouver), and the engineering and installation of elevators, escalators and materials solutions within the One World Trade Center Building and Memorial Site.

A Timeline of thyssenkrupp in North America

Becoming Established in the North American Market
Alfred Krupp, founder of predecessor company Krupp, based in Essen, Germany, sends his company’s prototypes for coin minting to the U.S.
Krupp makes its first direct delivery overseas: rolling machines, cast steel and tools for Mexico, amounting to 1055 Thalers.
Alfred Krupp receives a U.S. patent for his seamless railway wheel tires, which make railway travel safer and faster.
Krupp delivers railway tires to Canadian railway companies Great Western Railroad and Grand Trunk Railway.
Friedrich Alfred Krupp travels to America with the company delegation to participate in the World’s Fair in Philadelphia.
The first entry into the U.S. market for Thyssen occurs in 1893, when Henschel & Sohn, an eventual Thyssen company, receives the first prize for locomotive design at the Chicago World’s Fair.
A Land of Opportunity
Thyssen & Co., Mülheim an der Ruhr, supplies pipes for the power plant at Niagara Falls.
Henschel & Sohn delivers the first of three locomotives to Mexico.
Thyssen & Co., August Thyssen’s parent plant in Mülheim, Germany, exports significant amounts of welded pipes to Canada, used primarily for the construction and operation of hydroelectric power stations.
700 tons of Nirosta stainless non-rusting sheet panels from Krupp are used in the construction of the Chrysler Building in New York, including the cladding for the spire.
Krupp-Koppers GmbH receives an order from Altos Hornos de Mexico S.A. (AHMSA) for the engineering, delivery and construction, of a coke oven battery of 114 ovens.
Phoenix-Rheinrohr AG Vereinigte Hütten- und Röhrenwerke (later Thyssen Röhrenwerke AG) establishes Canadian Western Pipe Mills Ltd. in Port Moody, near Vancouver, which produces gas, water, and oil field tubular goods and fills a significant supply gap for the developing natural gas fields of Western Canada.
Krupp completes an iron and steel production plant in the Mexican federal state of Durango.

August Thyssen-Hütte AG becomes established in the North American market.
Foundation of Krupp International Inc., New York.
Expanding Our Horizons
The Budd Company (acquired by the Thyssen Group in 1978) invests in a foundry and a business for automated car-parts processing in Mexico.
Fried. Krupp Maschinen und Stahlbau Rheinhausen delivers seven radial gates for the La Venta dam in collaboration with the Mexican company Aceros Ecatepec S.A.
A 180 tube multilayer-vessel for an ammonia plant is delivered to Redwater, in western Canada, by Krupp.

The Thyssen Group provides know-how for the initial operation of the Fundidora Monterrey SA hot and cold rolling steel mill, including advice on planning, employee training, and providing technical assistance.
The Bucketwheel-Engineering Krupp/O&K delivers four bucket-wheel excavators for the mining of oil sands in the Canadian province of Alberta; Krupp also delivers four radial boom stackers.
Delivery of a prepress and extraction plant for rapeseed oil production to the Northern Alberta Rapeseed Processors Coop & Co., Sexsmith, by Krupp Industrie- und Stahlbau, Rheinhausen.

Delivery of a Dopol oven plant and a ring roll mill 3200 tato for Inland Cement Industries, Vancouver, by Polysius Atlanta (a Krupp-company).

Delivery of Diesel marine-engines for British Columbia Ferries, Vancouver, by the MaK Maschinenbau GmbH.

Fried. Krupp Industrie und Stahlbau, Essen division, constructs a urea-vessel for fertilizer production for the Mexican company Guanomex, located in the province of Guanajuato.
Thyssen acquires the Budd Company, which becomes an important supplier to the U.S. automotive industry.
Completion of a new ceramic tile factory in Northern Mexico, entirely planned, constructed, and put into operation by Thyssen Rheinstahl Technik; Thyssen also takes care of training the local skilled labor.
A life-size model of the Transrapid 07 is the centerpiece of the German pavillion at the world exhibition EXPO in Vancouver.
An order for two semi-mobile crushers, ranking among the biggest ones in the world, for copper ore surface mining is placed by Highland Valley Copper, Logan Lake, British Columbia, with Krupp Industrie- und Stahlbau, Rheinhausen.

Delivery of a magnetic separator, cleaning 4000 to/h copper ore from ferrous elements by Krupp Industrie- und Stahlbau, Rheinhausen to a Canadian copper mine.

Delivery of a dust removal system to a coking plant in Hamilton, Ontario, constructed by Hartung, Kuhn & Co., Essen, a subsidiary company of the Krupp Koppers GmbH.
Thyssen Edelstahlwerke AG supplies stainless steel goods for fermentation and storage tanks to the largest Canadian brewery, Molson Breweries Ltd., Toronto.
Thyssen acquires U.S. Elevator Corp., strengthening its position in the North American elevator market.
Thyssen participates in the industry trade show Technogerma `94 in Mexico.
Thyssen increases its stake in Mexinox S. A. de C. V., the only producer of cold-rolled steel flat products in Mexico, to 95.5%.

Thyssen Budd Automotive opens a new plant in Winnipeg, Philipps & Temro Industries, which produces, among other things, engine heaters, mufflers, and wiring harnesses for the North American automotive industry.
Krupp-Hoesch Stahlexport establishes a steel-service-centre for the production of blanks and tailored blanks for Volkswagen de Mexico S.A., located near the VW-works in Puebla.
The acquisition of U.S.-based Dover Elevator makes Thyssen Elevator the third largest elevator manufacturer in the world.

Krupp Uhde receives an order from Shell Canada Ltd., in a joint venture with Canadian companies, to build the largest hydrogen plant of its kind for the treatment of oil sands (hydrogenation into light hydrocarbon).

Thyssen Fügetechnik GmbH further expands its activities in the production of laser-welded tailored blanks for the automotive industry, founding the Thyssen Tailored Blanks SA de CV, in Puebla, Mexico.

Thyssen and Krupp merge, to form one of Germany’s largest technology companies.
Innovating the Future
thyssenkrupp Elevator Canada builds the elevator for the interactve science center “Dynamic Earth” in Sudbury, Ontario; the elevator, which takes visitors deep down to the old tunnels of a decommissioned nickel mine, is named Elevator Project of the Year by the trade publication Elevator World.

thyssenkrupp Fördertechnik takes over the construction, delivery and installation of two production plants for the processing of oil sands on behalf of the Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. in Alberta province; the project includes ore processing with crushers, temporary storage, conveyors, and slurry treatment plants.
thyssenkrupp Elevator installs 133 elevators, 25 escalators, 95 passenger boarding bridges, as well as six moving walkways at the Toronto airport; the company also wins the inclusive contract for the maintenance of the entire passenger transportation system.
thyssenkrupp Materials NA’s Copper & Brass Sales Division supplies plate stock and forged blocks of aluminum to JPL, material used in the Descent Stage Landing Gear of the Mars Curiosity Rover.
thyssenkrupp supplies rail switches used for the SkyTrain (Vancouver); with over 30 stations and a length of approximately 50 kilometers, the SkyTrain is the longest automated transportation system in the world and is served by self-driving, elevated, light rail trains, equipped with linear motors.
Imperial Oil (Canada) orders a complete oil sand processing plant from thyssenkrupp Fördertechnik.
thyssenkrupp opens its North American Regional Headquarters in Chicago.
thyssenkrupp installs the fastest elevators in North America at One World Trade Center; within the One World Trade Center Building and Memorial Site, thyssenkrupp installs 71 elevators and 12 escalators.

thyssenkrupp Materials Services companies supply stainless steel used in the cladding of the spire and materials used in the living boxes that house the trees surrounding the building plaza.