A TRADITIONAL COMPANY
The history of the BE Group began at the end of the 19th century. In 1885, to be exact, when the brothers Hans and Jons Edstrand discovered the Broedern Edstrand company. The family business was based in Malmö and mainly developed the commercial steel industry. The company remained in the family until 1988 when Trelleborg AB took over. Together with Nordic Capital, a joint company gradually developed, of which the Finnish company Starckjohann Steel (founded in 1868) was also a part.
In the late 1990s, the company opened subsidiaries in several Baltic Sea countries, including Denmark, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania. European expansion continued until the early 2000s, and in 2006, after Trelleborg AB sold all shares, the company was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange under the collective name BE Group AB. In 2008, the joint venture alliance ArcelorMittal BE Group SSC AB was formed. In 2022, the rebar business was expanded in Sweden with a new factory in Norrköping, BE Group Produktion Arvika was acquired and Lecor Stålteknik was divested.
In 1868, Starckjohann & Co was founded by Peter Starckjohann in the Finnish town of Viborg.
In 1885, Bröderna Edstrand was founded by Hans and Jöns Edstrand in Malmö, Sweden.