150 years of shaping the future

In 2023, we are celebrating 150 years of SMS – actually, the anniversary already happened in 2021, but the global Covid pandemic threw a spanner in the works. The anniversary now coincides with the opening of the new SMS Campus, marking a new chapter in our history.

But what is the relevance of history for a company? What does it mean for our customers? What is the connection between young employees in Brazil or India today and men who lived in Europe five generations ago? And what impulses can we draw from history to inspire our future? These are the questions we asked ourselves and aim to answer in our six-part series. Our journey begins by delving into the roots of SMS, tracing its evolution into a global enterprise, highlighting projects and innovations, and will conclude in discussing the future of the industry: digitalization and green metals.

Our series: Six dates that shaped SMS


Global reach and local expertise

1904: We supply our first rolling mill to China

A partner for megaprojects

1952: Building an integrated steel plant in India

Pioneering solutions

1989: We invent CSP® – a revolution in sustainability

From plant supplier to life cycle partner

2016: The Learning Steel Plant

On a mission: #turningmetalsgreen

2023: Shaping the future of metals

Treasures from our archives

SMS began documenting important projects on film as early as the 1960s. These films are exciting testimonies, as they not only show how we worked back then, but also breathe the spirit of times gone by. Enjoy with a smile!

"Die Visitenkarte" (the business card)

A portrait of Siemag from the 1960ies shows the handling of a project from order to construction, production and delivery. A must-see (German only).

Strip, sheet and plate from the Yangtse: The hot and cold rolling plant at Baosteel

A mega project in the 1980ies, when SMS supplied a complete flat steel production complex to Baosteel (China)

SMS group email service

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A deep-dive into our history

You want to learn more about the history of SMS group and how we developed from a small forging company and supplier to local industry into a global technology company? Here you find more information about the company, markets, innovations, people and places. 

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