Corporate history from 1974 up to today

1974Foundation of the company Ibero Stahl in Mülheim an der Ruhr by Rolf Birkmann, who seizes the market opportunity to specialise in stainless steel; thereby advancing into a niche market.

Germany wins the football world cup at home.
Helmut Schmidt becomes Chancellor of Germany.

1996In the course of European concentrations and mergers Ibero Stahl becomes part of a corporate group. The Spanish parent company, Olarra S. A., owns production facilities in Bilbao.

The two chemical companies from Basel Ciba-Geigy & Sandoz merge to become Novartis. At the time, it is one of the biggest company mergers worldwide. In Germany, it is the dawning of the age of digital television.

1999Roland Giesen is granted power of procuration and becomes a member of the board of management.

Eleven countries of the European Union adopt the Euro as their currency, becoming effectively the European Monetary Union. Boris Becker and Steffi Graf end their tennis careers.

2007/2008Ibero Stahl expands and relocates its headquarters within Mülheim an der Ruhr.

Because of the financial crises, which started the previous year, many banks in the U. S. and Europe have to declare insolvency. Barack Obama is elected the 44th president of the United States of America.

2010Roland Giesen takes over the management alongside of Rolf Birkmann.

The rescue of 33 miners after a pit disaster in Chile excites people around the world.
After 28 years, Germany wins the European Song Contest again.