Rockmore International is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of top quality percussive rock drilling tools. Our high-performance products include drill bits, DTH hammers and bits, extension and tunnelling rods, integral and tapered rods, shank adapters and other drill tool accessories. For more than 65 years, Rockmore International has developed a distinctly streamlined, user-focused way of serving our broad range of customers. We pride ourselves on the ability to work with companies of all sizes, and in distinctly different industries and environments. From single drill-rig operators to multinational construction firms, we ensure that our worldwide clients have quick access to our service, manufacturing and marketing expertise.
With manufacturing centers in two hemispheres and distribution centers on nearly every continent Rockmore International provides a wide range of tools to mining, construction, tunnelling, quarrying, and water well projects from North America to Asia, and from the Alps to the Andes.
Rockmore has become the industry’s performance leader in tools that withstand the toughest rock drilling demands. Our commitment to this degree of quality starts with extensive research and development. Rockmore includes some of the sharpest minds in the rock-drilling industry — a team of product designers, metallurgical experts and tool specialists who are continually advancing drilling technology for the entire industry. Our drilling tools are developed based on the continuous input of operators and contractors working in the field. We use the finest raw materials available, including premium steel and rugged carbide. That’s why our products exceed industry specifications for performance and safety.
When you work with Rockmore International, we are committed to your productivity and efficiency — and to your bottom line. Our quality means your success.
Rockmore International’s roots began in 1948, with the founding of the mining industry’s newest manufacturer, ThrowAway Bit Corporation. Named for its flagship single-use drill bit products, ThrowAway started with a commitment to quality – a promise to manufacture high quality bits from the toughest steel and carbide inserts available.
The company soon earned a reputation in the rock drilling industry for manufacturing bits that delivered the lowest cost per foot/meter drilled. Back then, these included tapered, cross, button and down-the-hole (DTH) bits in all international thread sizes and diameters. The company soon expanded its product line to include extension rods, couplings and shank adapters.
Success and growth were a natural result of the company’s forward-looking business ideals and a determination to provide the finest products at competitive prices.
In 1996, ThrowAway became Rockmore International, a change that reflected the company’s expanding role as a worldwide producer of a complete line of rock drilling tools.
In 1997, in a move to further diversify its product line and its market distribution, Rockmore acquired HP Rocbo GmbH, an Austrian manufacturer of surface and underground drill rods. This enabled Rockmore to bring its high level of quality and service to an ever-expanding global market of rock drilling operations. Rockmore now exports to over 75 countries, providing rock drilling tools for use in mining, construction, tunneling, water well, and quarrying projects around the globe.
Rockmore’s advance to industry leadership has been the direct result of their commitment to extensive research and development. Rockmore’s team of product designers, metallurgical experts and tool specialists – some of the sharpest minds in the drilling industry – have placed Rockmore at the forefront of drilling technology.
Rockmore revolutionized air flow management with its ROK series of high-performance DTH hammers, utilizing SonicFlow technology to minimize backflow and turbulence.
The innovative new XR32 thread design was developed to improve precision and efficiency in drifting and tunneling operations by providing a stronger and more powerful drill string.
And Rockmore´s new MultiPoint carbide insert design provides multiple strike points for more efficient rock fracture.
In November 2011, Rockmore released a new drill bit designed for hard rock drilling and blasting operations in tunneling. The B6 Drill Bit Design is intended to prolong bit life and increase drilling penetration rates by incorporating enhancements in cutting geometry.
In April 2012, Rockmore announced a new DTH hammer in its emerging Deep Hole series, the ROK 500DH. This 5 inch range hammer incorporates many new innovations and features characterized in the new Deep Hole class of DTH hammers.
In August 2012, Rockmore unveiled a new drill bit design especially suited for hard rock quarry drilling. The new CrossFlow Bit Design extends bit life and improves penetration rates for percussive drilling applications in abrasive and challenging rock condition.
In January 2012, Rockmore International announced the opening of an additional manufacturing center in Judenburg, Austria. Along with their existing plant in the USA, the 12,000,000 USD facility effectively doubled Rockmore's production capacity.
In 2013, Rockmore announced the first models in their new A Series DTH hammer product line – the ROK 600A and 650A hammers. These new hammers demonstrate better performance and penetration rates suited to smaller compressors.
With more than 60 years of hard work and a solid commitment to quality and service, Rockmore is dedicated to providing its customers with effective, innovative solutions in rock drilling tool technology.
- 1948: Incorporated as Throwaway Bit Corporation
- 1949: Developed steel tipped cross drill bit
- 1960: Released tungsten carbide cross drill bits
- 1979: Consolidation of all manufacturing functions within company
- 1980: Export sales strategy initiated to Latin America and S.E. Asia
- 1982: Introduction of button type drill bits
- 1989: Moved US manufacturing facility to new plant in Wilsonville, Oregon
- 1990: Converted all manufacturing processes to CNC type production
- 1992: DTH bit product line introduced
- 1993: Established internal laboratory testing facility
- 1995: Achieved major market share in Australian mining sector
- 1996: Company name changed to Rockmore International, Inc.
- 1997: Acquisition of HP Rocbo GmbH in Austria – rod manufacturing company
- 1998: Austria company name changed to Rockmore International GmbH
- 1999: ISO 9001 Quality Certified
- 2005: Achieved exports to 75 countries
- 2006: Launch of DTH hammer product line with patented SonicFlow technology
- 2007: Full range of DTH and Top-Hammer tools offered
- 2008: DTH hammer patents awarded
- 2008: Introduction of XR32 thread design for drifting and tunnelling operations
- 2009: Developed new carbide insert design for button bits, the MultiPoint
- 2010: Construction of a new Austrian plant begins
- 2011: Launched the Rockmore catalog iPad app
- 2012: Relocation to new Austrian plant complete
- 2012: Introduction of new DTH hammer, the ROK 500DH designed for deep hole applications
- 2013: Release of ROK A Series DTH Hammer
- 2016 Significant presence in African markets
- 2017 Expansion of USA manufacturing facility
Rockmore International is truly a global company with manufacturing facilities located in Wilsonville, Oregon, USA and Judenburg, Austria. We have an aggressive distribution network with presence in North and South America, Australia, Africa, Europe and Asia.
Our manufacturing operations are state-of-the-art, each one servicing various parts of the world, based on proximity to our distributor network and end user drilling operations.
With a global information network, we are able to provide fast service and solutions to the drilling, mining and construction industries. Our key sales and support people – some of whom have served nearly thirty years in the construction and mining industries – are highly trained in the latest rock drilling technology and can offer you expert advice on what products will best fit a specific end use application. We develop our drilling tools based on the continuous input of operators and contractors working in the field. Our distributors meet the high demand for our quality products by rapidly providing their customers with the exact rock drilling tools they need.
Rockmore International’s rock drilling tools are used in mining, construction, tunneling, quarrying, and water well projects around the globe. The map below highlights the locations of a few projects that incorporate Rockmore’s quality tools and accessories into their rock drilling operation.