Company profile

The name BURGDORF stands for a privately-owned and managed company specializing in the field of heat treatment of steels and quenching technologies. It is located in southern Germany.


Founded in 1949 by Dipl.-Ing. Karl-Wilhelm Burgdorf, BURGDORF GmbH & Co. KG is meanwhile active in the 3rd generation in developing high performance processing fluids for heat treatment shops such as quench oils, polymer quenchants, rust preventives, dewatering fluids and cleaning agents, accompanied by a customer-oriented sales team.

The pioneering work undertaken by Karl-Wilhelm Burgdorf consists of the development of the very first high performance quenching oils with an adjustable cooling behaviour (DBP 955601, DBP 80145). This is based on the scientific conclusion, that the quenching behaviour of evaporating fluids is influenced by their boiling properties. This makes it possible to adjust quenching characteristics to the specific needs – resulting from steel grades, part geometry and material measurements.

The BURGDORF range of products established and distributed worldwide under the internationally registered trade marks DURIXOL, SERVISCOL, SYNABOL, POLYQUENCH, SERVITOL and SERVIDUR is setting benchmarks for utmost heattreatment performance and associated application as well as unsurpassed process know-how.

The group “BON - Heat Treating Technology” was formed involving other companies namely NÜSSLE, also specialised in heat treating, selling a worldwide available range of protective paints (CONDURSAL, CONDURON, VACUCOAT), OSMIROL, mainly working in the field of polymer quenchants for induction and flame hardening (OSMANIL) and KUHBIER, developing quench oils and polymers (MULTIQUENCH, GLYKOQUENCH). These companies now act as a system supplier, developing and supplying a number of process materials used in heat treatment processes. They reduce unnecessary interfaces in the process by offering ‘all materials from a single source’.

Supplier relationships exist with heat treating industries worldwide; primarily automotive manufacturers and automotive suppliers, manufacturers of forgings, gears, bearings, bolts and fasteners, chains etc. but last not least the commercial heat treatment shops.

Dipl.-Kfm. Hannes Burgdorf and Dipl.-Ing. Eckhard H. Burgdorf built on their father’s and company’s founder’s legacy with entrepreneurial spirit, a high level of creativity and personal involvement and have created an internationally active group of companies.

The future of the company, now in its 3rd generation, is secured by the appointment of Dipl.-Kfm. Frank Burgdorf und Dipl.-Ing. Rainer Braun, as managing directors.

Managing directors

  • History
  • 1949 until 1972 Dipl.-Ing. Karl-Wilhelm Burgdorf
  • 1968 until 2011Dipl.-Kfm. Hannes Burgdorf
  • 1969 until 2005Dipl.-Ing. Eckhard H. Burgdorf
  • since 1996Dipl.-Ing. Rainer Braun
  • since 2005Dipl.-Kfm. Frank Burgdorf