We are experts in the cutting, bending, welding & laying of reinforcing steel from plan implementation to the finished craft.
We are a traditional family business that has been shaping the construction industry in Austria and the surrounding countries for more than 50 years.
BEST Steel reinforced structures include projects like the UNO City in Vienna or A7 bridge in Linz.
We partner with the construction companies of Austria to implement their projects.
As BEST we combine tradition with future- and solution-oriented thinking and dynamically align our services with the requirements of our customers. In the process, appreciation and cooperation on an equal footing are very important to us.
We have production sites in Haid / Upper Austria and in Kaplice / Czech Republic
BEST GmbH. - 4053 Haid - Austria
Arma Bau Service S.r.o. - 382 41 Kaplice - Czech Republic
Our 180 + employees carry the BEST Group entire know-how. They select the best solutions for your project and therefore guarantee the quality and reliability of our products and services.
With more than 50 years of experience in cutting, bending and laying rebar for large-scale construction projects in industrial, structural, civil and special construction, BEST is one of Austria's industry-leading rebar bending and laying companies.
Product research and development providing latest technical solutions
Further development of our products technical possibilities has been a core component of BEST's corporate culture since the company was founded. Numerous patents and special products that are now industry standard can be traced back to the engineering work of our employees.
The foundation of Baueisen- und
Stahlbearbeitungs GmbH in 1968, better known as BEST, was the idea of mechanical engineer and businessman Ludwig Szinicz. The trained technician had studied applied techniques of structural steel processing and realised the potential in optimising of the individual machining steps leading to an undisturbed material flow: the shorter the processing time, the lower the completion costs.
Until the 1960s, the typical building contractor carried out all processes in the construction process himself. The economic miracle and the associated construction boom, brought a shortage of specialised workers. The "iron benders and iron weavers", which nowadays is the correct job title within the construction collective agreement, were the best paid specialists.
The construction companies were highly dependent on the availability of these laborers and employed them even when there was no iron to bend and lay. BEST now offered cutting, bending and laying as a service exactly when it was needed.
It took a few years until construction companies started subcontracting the reinforcement work on large projects to companies like BEST. But the company fulfilled exactly the need for a cost-effective alternative. Success in the coming decades to come was the result.
During the reinforcement of the underground station Stephansplatz Vienna, the first subway
expansion phase reached a high point for BEST. The enormous tonnages had to be handled simultaneously with other large projects.
Vienna International Centre (UNO-City): Building on the experience with the first large projects, BEST had installed an internal training programme that ensured the availability of qualified personnel. This also made it possible to handle further extensive projects such as the reinforcement work on the UNO-City. This was also the first time in BEST's history that slipforming was used as a construction method.
The reinforcement work was only possible by layers who specialised in bridge work.
The work on the motorway bridges required precise timing and flawless performance.
Establishing the element system: The reinforcement was already broken down into "elements" on the plan and welded into stackable units in the factory. The ready-made elements could be installed on the construction site in a very short time. The other advantages were that all the bars provided for in the plan were also laid. The acceptance of the finished reinforcement by the structural engineer was very easy because the elements were produced in a standardised way.
The BEST element system was used for the first time on the Viennese southern ice skatingt rack. The cooled ice rink had to be reinforced. Due to the sensitive pipes for the cooling liquid, the installation work was very complex. Curved and straight bar sections were used.
Vienna Post Centre North: The Post Centre North was also one of the first construction sites to use prefabrication on a large scale. Columns and beam reinforcements were welded in the factory.
For the Austrian State Archives building prefabrication was used on a large scale for the reinforcement work. The complete element system - tee-beam, foundation, slab, wall and columns - was installed.
Central administration building (New City Hall) Linz: For the new City Hall, reinforcements were welded for the radially stepped plant troughs, a striking feature of the structure.
1990s: BEST is one of the first companies to use welding machines for pile cage production in Austria. The first pile welding machines are installed in Munich, then in Haid and later in Kaplice. In 1996, the first SOB pile cages for the construction site of a subway station are manufactured in cooperation with BEST. In the meantime, BEST has risen to become the market leader for pile production in Austria.
2000s: Advances in foundation technology - slotted walls and pile foundations - wider application in construction engineering was established. The required pile cages and slotted wall baskets were welded in the factory, partly by machine, partly in templates and transported to the construction site ready for installation.
Attiko Metro Athens: Stackable individual elements for segments for tubbings were prefabricated in Nadrazi/Kaplice. They were then delivered by rail to a precast plant in Athens. There they were welded together and cast with concrete to form segments.
A8-tunnel Steinhaus: Here the monolithic and thus jointless construction method for concrete tanked slabs was used. Sections 24 metres long were concreted in one go. In order to be able to install around 2 x 100 t of reinforcement per week, a reinforcement system was developed that provided a high degree of prefabrication. About 80% of the reinforcement could be prefabricated in the factory and delivered in elements to the construction site, where they could be assembled into large-scale reinforcement elements and then moved by crane. The reinforcement for the floor slab was installed at the same time as the concreting of the previous section took place.
Lainzer-tunnel LT 22 and LT 25 in Vienna: BEST produces a large number of pile cages for the reinforcement of the Lainzer Railway Tunnel. For the mined tunnel, elements for the interior construction were delivered and installed. The project was done in cantilever construction.
Plus City in Pasching: A large volume of prefabricated reinforcement was used during this expansion project. Columns, edge termination and bar shares were prefabricated and installed.
A7 Mühlkreis-Autobahn - Tunnel
Bindermichl. The complex construction of the enclosures and bridges required a great deal of laying skill. The large tonnages demanded a lot from the bending and laying team. In addition, there were prefabricated pile cages. Sleeve connections and heavy calibres had to be delivered and installed with precision. For the ceiling construction of the Niedernhart tunnel, BEST supplied welded cages to a German prefabrication factory.
Piles to England Kings Lynn: In 2007-2008, 7400 piles with a total length of about 150 km were delivered to Kings Lynn in the East of England. A Palm Paper mill was built there, which still houses the most efficient paper machine for newsprint. In the process, 90 piles per day were transported by jumbo
trucks from Kaplice to England. BEST received the order because no other English supplier was able to provide the required capacity.
For the Audi plant in Ingolstadt large girder constructions were manufactured . BEST manufactured heavy precast cages with special built-in parts inside the cage. The cages were long and heavy and had a complex geometry.