1930
1940

1946

Company founded by
Dr. Friedrich KOCKS

1950

1950

First SRM
EBV Eschweiler

1954

First Wire Rod Mill
Maxhütte, Germany

1960

1961

World wide most modern wire rod
finishing mill Krishna Steel, India

1970

1973

1st generational change
Ali Bindernagel sen.

1974

Complete Wire Rod &
Bar Mill BHP, Australia

1978

Seamless Tube SRM with 3-motor
group drive VA Tubulars, Austria

1979

1st Precision Sizing Block
RSB® 1.0 — KEP, Germany

1980
1990

1991

Reducing and Sizing Mill RSB® 2.0
Walsin Lihwa, Taiwan

1992

Sizing Mill RSB® 3.0
GSC, USA

2000

2001

2nd generational change
Ali Bindernagel

2002

RSB® 370++/5 RSB® 4.0
SAG, Germany

2004

SRB® “Star-Drive”
KSP, Kasachstan

2010

2011

RSB® 370++/6 with SCS®
and AUL GMH, Germany

2012

SRB® „Star-Drive“
Benteler, USA

2014

RSB® 370++/4 RSB® 5.0
Daming, P.R. China

2020
2030

3-Roll Pioneers of innovation

Founder Dr. Friedrich KOCKS
First Office at Blumenstraße, Düsseldorf

For more than 70 years KOCKS has stood for highest quality in the steel industry. KOCKS customers benefit from a unique KOCKS knowledge in 3‑roll technology for special bar quality (SBQ) and tube production.

Dr. Friedrich Kocks, the grandfather of our chairman Ali Bindernagel, was a tinkerer with a strong belief in engineering as a way of making things better. His main innovation took form early in the company‘s history: the idea of applying 3‑roll technology to forming tube as well as wire rod and bar. This so-called ‘Generation 0’ was the foundation for the subsequent major breakthroughs in precision sizing technology.

With this technology he created a solution that increases the quality of the rolled product and improves efficiency while reducing costs. It is to this day referred to as ‘industry standard’.

It was quickly established that the rolling process itself had an exceptional influence on the metallurgical and microstructure properties of the bar. This is where KOCKS was particularly active in developing innovative processes.

For decades now the constancy of progress and new developments has made KOCKS a byword for excellence in the SBQ and seamless tube market, where quality standards are constantly being tightened – driven in part by the stringent requirements of the automotive industry.