Unior hand tools programme produces over 7.6 million items of tools and sheet metal housing per year. It is the successor of the rich blacksmith tradition in the Pohorje area and North-East Slovenia.
Tradition- Pohorje forges
In the 19th century, several manufactured forges emerged in the area of Pohorje. They were used to manufacture agricultural and craft tools. Their work was related to four ironworks in this area.
Entrepreneurship- the first mechanical forging plant
The first factory of forged tools was established in the early 20th century, in the year 1919. Engineers Mirko Bremec and Walter Mach established Styria Iron-Industrial Company in Zreče, where the company Unior still has its premises today. The company was then a modern factory and produced forged tools for farming, mining and craft. The forging plant was turned into a mechanical forge.
New plans- forged tools factory
The forge was renovated after the Second World War. In 1947, after the restoration and completion of the building, the forge was renamed into the Factory of Forged Tools Zreče.
Quality- global brand Unior
In the second half of the 20th century, the factory developed mostly by investing into the production of hand tools. Mostly oriented towards the development of universal tools, the factory was renamed in 1974; it became known as Unior, the Factory of Forged Tools Zreče. During the next decades, Unior has established a widespread network of sale and distribution worldwide.
Unior began the work in the 21st century by meeting numerous demanding quality standards and standards for environmental management. The company already co-owned the steel factory in Štore and entered the American, Australian, Russian and Chinese markets with its own companies. Unior is the global brand of hand tools.