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BH Company History


In 1909, the BH S.A. company was formed and began as a steel products manufacturer in northern Spain. The name BH is derived from Beistegui Hermanos which is Spanish for Beistegui Brothers. Beginning in 1919, the Beistegui brothers, Domingo, Juan and Cosme began applying their steel industry experience to pedal bicycles, thus beginning a long history in health and fitness.

Today, the BH Group is a multi-faceted global brand with facilities located worldwide and remains committed to quality and leading-edge technology. The BH Fitness division was created in the 1960s to respond to a growing demand for quality fitness equipment where BH founded BH Exercycle S.A. This division manufactures and exports fitness equipment. A second factory, BH Exercycle de Mexico, was established in Mexico in 1992. There are now 3 manufacturing facilities located in Mexico, Portugal and Spain with subsidiaries located in China, France, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.

BH exports to more than 65 countries throughout five continents, and we own 11 global brands; BH Fitness, BH HiPower, BH Proaction, Bladez Fitness, ION, Shiatsu, Viva Fit, Ulti-MATE Garage Pro, Ulti-MATE Garage, Ulti-MATE Storage and BH Bikes. BH Fitness has ownership of six design organizations that are located in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the U.S. The design organizations establish new innovations to give BH Fitness a unique and stylish image.

BH Fitness focuses on providing quality, leading-edge technology for the complete spectrum of customer needs, from the causal exercise enthusiast to the 24-hour a day health club. Combined with certified ISO 9001 facilities, dedicated quality assurance and innovative research & development teams - BH Fitness continues to be an industry leader focused on continuous improvement and exceeding expectations. We believe fitness improves the lives of consumers and keeps them healthy with the use of modern technology and advanced design in fitness equipment.

1909
The Beistegui Hermanos S.A. company was founded, more commonly known as BH, initially dedicated to the weapons industry

1919
With the end of First World War and having gained significant experience in steel treatments, BH refocused their manufacturing know-how to bicycles


1935
BH wins the first Vuelta a Espana cycling race (and wins it another 6 times)


1969
BH Group started BH fitness business with extending the technology of precise steel treatment and combining electronics and machinery technology


1975
The first exercise machines are produced, specifically static exercise bicycles


1980
BH becomes the first company to introduce a vibrating exercise bicycle ("Vibrocycle")


1985
The company Exercycle S.A. is formed with the aim of centering production on the growing demand for home exercise equipment. The company began as an independent factory with its sights set on exports


1987
BH becomes the first company to introduce the electronic monitor on products for Europe


1988
Introduction of a new adjustable hydraulic system for rowing machines


1990
BH becomes the first company with displays that provide simultaneous readouts of basic functions (distance, calories burned, time, speed)


1990
BH purchased Peugeot


1990
BH founds Cycleurope to concentrate on the Bianchi and Gitane home market brands


1992
BH introduces the world's first home exercise bicycle with a magnetic braking system


1995
BH introduces the use of aluminum for home fitness products


1996
BH manufactures the first European Spinning Bike


1997
BH uses an AC motor with variable speed control for professional treadmills, providing greater reliability


2001
Bladez is acquired and becomes BH North America


2005
BH manufacturers and markets the ready-to-assemble line of Ulti-MATE storage cabinets


2006
Taiwan BH Asia Ltd. is formed to cover the Pacific Rim markets including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Australia


2006
BH is the official equipment sponsor of The Biggest Loser UK


2007
BH develops "Plug & Run" System


2009
BH sponsors Tour de France Team and holds the yellow jersey in 8 straight stages


2010
BH is the first to sell vibration platforms to big-box retailers


2011
BH launches the TR Strength line of strength equipment


2011
BH introduces BH Triathlon


2011
BH announces i.Concept – a line of cardio products for our home and commercial equipment brands with Apple technology. Health and entertainment integrated


2012
BH acquires Easy Motion, eco-friendly pedal assist bikes and begins U.S. distribution


2012
Three BH athletes qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London


2012
Guinness World Record on a treadmill is shattered with a BH Fitness SK 6900 treadmill


2012
BH Swiss athlete Nicola Spirig wins an Olympic Gold Medal for the Women's Triathlon





 

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