From Blacksmith to an International Company

Almost 200 years ago Matthias Noell obtained his blacksmith concession in Würzburg.

The small craft business, which was established in 1824, has developed into an international group of companies that is specialized in the field of machinery and plant engineering.

With the repair and, somewhat later, the construction of stagecoaches, the craft business of Noell started into an exciting future and increased by leaps and bounds. In 1850 completely new railway carriages were produced. In the following decades, the construction of steel bridges came to the fore, followed by the steel construction at the turn of the century. In addition, hydro mechanical equipment and crane building had become a firm foundation of the company. The locations changed with the range of products.

The smithy in the Neubaugasse soon became too small. Passing through various intermediate locations, the head office of the company remained for a very long time at the same address: from 1886 to 1973 it was located in the Nürnberger Straße in Würzburg. Since 1974 the "people from Noell" have been working in the new factory in the Veitshöchheimer Straße on the Würzburg industrial estate. Opposite, in the Alfred-Nobel-Straße, the administration building is located, whose foundation stone was laid in 1983.  

Within this time, the product areas  Nuclear Service, Nuclear Technology and Magnet Technology also developed into supporting pillars of the Noell Group, of which then Babcock Noell arose on the 1st October 2000. Since the 13th October,  the company has been operating under the name Bilfinger Noell.

Bilfinger SE further strengthens Bilfinger Noell GmbH

In the course of the strategic realignment Bilfinger SE focussed the competence in the area of special solutions and special machine constructions under the new name Bilfinger Noell GmbH. In order to bundle the group-wide nuclear competences the Bilfinger Business Line Nuclear was founded in 2019. It consists of Bilfinger Noell, Bilfinger Engineering & Technologies (BET) in Osterode and Bilfinger Peters Engineering (BPE) in France.

As the name Bilfinger, which stands for the largest German industrial service provider, is used in the new name, the company now makes clear at first glance that all customers within the company group can receive full project service from a single source. Noell is retained in the renaming and refers to the company which was founded by Matthias Noell in 1824 and which stood out due to quality, innovation and reliability. 

By using special security-oriented technologies and solution methods, Bilfinger Noell further guarantees a smooth procedure as well as optimal protection of people and the environment. Our company is ideally braced for the challenges of the future.

Bilfinger Noell GmbH will continue to concentrate on individualized solutions and specialized engineering in the product areas of nuclear services, nuclear technology and magnet technology. Our strengths are innovative solutions by using efficient technologies, whether in research, nuclear waste treatment or energy storage. The experience gained over five decades is transferred very successfully. Bilfinger Noell's range of services include the development, planning, delivery and commissioning up to the operation of delivered systems and their facilities. The approx. 300 employees mainly work in the field of engineering.