History

Georg Fischer is proud of it's long history of success with roots going back more than 200 years when Johann Conrad Fischer laid the foundation. What began 1802 with a small copper smelting plant and development works for new alloys, has since developed to the global industrial concern as we know it today. Towards the end of 19th century, the company first began with producing the long-standing malleable cast iron fittings, thereby creating the basis of today's division GF Piping Systems. This day, it has become established on the market as a leading supplier of piping systems for the safe and reliable transport of liquids and gases. Despite the constant change, innovational strength and customer orientation remain the defining values for GF Piping Systems up to today.

1800 to 1899

We invite you to take a journey through time. Discover the most important milestones in our corporate history.

2016 until today

2016

Joost Geginat becomes head of GF Piping Systems
The GF Board appoints Joost Geginat as new Head of GF Piping Systems. After a transition period starting in May as member of the GF Executive Committee he heads GF Piping Systems effective of August 2016.

GF Piping Systems acquires leading piping company in Indonesia
GF Piping Systems announces the acquisition of PT Eurapipe Solutions Indonesia. It offers a unique platform for further growth in this important country.  The company, located in Karawang, 80 kilometers east of Jakarta, holds a leading position in the mining business and other water related market segments.

GF Piping Systems to acquire two companies in China

The Chinaust Group, a 50/50 joint venture between GF Piping Systems and Lingyun Industrial Co., announces the acquisition of two Chinese companies: Shuchang Auto Part Co. Ltd and Lingyun Jingran Gas Valve Co. Ltd. Both have been trusted suppliers of the Chinaust Group for years. Their products are completing the supply chain of Chinaust in an ideal manner and strengthen its competitiveness.

2011 - 2015

2015

Record machine from KraussMaffei
At its location in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, GF Piping Systems brings a MXH 3200 – 101.000/101.000 from KraussMaffei into service. This injection molding machine, the largest ever to be installed in Switzerland in terms of clamping force and shot weight, manufactures large-volume pipe fittings with a diameter of up to 500 mm.

Major order for largest cruise ships
GF Piping Systems has receives a substantial order totaling more than EUR 15 million from the leading shipbuilding company STX France.

Packs a punch
GF Piping Systems adds the new diaphragm valve type 604/605 with integrated pneumatic actuator to its extensive product range. This long runner combines compact design with best flow performance for an economic price-performance ratio.

2014

Compact Pressure Regulating Valve in full plastic housing
GF Piping Systems adds a new full plastic Pressure Regulating Valve to its wide range of products. Its compact design ensures that the valve suits even in confined spaces. Due to consistant temperature expansion coefficients this state-of-the-art valve has a good long-term behavior, guaranteeing lasting stability without tightening or adjusting.

GF wins 2014 Supply Chain Management Award

At the specialized international Supply Chain Convention in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), GF Piping Systems, wins the 2014 Supply Chain Management Award for its outstanding end-to-end supply chain solution. The jury singles out the innovative services that have been developed for customers on the basis of the division's supply chain management.

First GF Water Technology Summit

The first GF Water Technology Summit takes place with 50 participating experts from around a dozen countries, such as USA, Netherlands, Israel, France and Germany. The summit focused on desalination, nanotechnologies and mobile water treatment. The summit provides an excellent platform for interdisciplinary exchange on water treatment and conveyance technologies.

2013

Acquisition of Hakan Plastik AS, market leader in plastic piping systems in Turkey 
GF Piping Systems acquired a majority stake in Hakan Plastik in Cerkezköy (Istanbul, Turkey), with an option to acquire the outstanding shares. Hakan Plastik is the leading provider of plastic piping systems in the building technology and water infrastructure markets in Turkey, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Together, GF Piping Systems and Hakan Plastik provide a unique platform for further growth in the whole region.

Innovations for big dimensions
Based on the modular system GF Piping Systems established a product range for large PE pipe installations up to 2000 for gas, water and industrial applications with superior modularity and flexibility. Functional design and component compatibility render on-site installations easy, fast and safe.

Repositioning of the brand GF
Georg Fischer positions itself with a new corporate identity as a unified, customer-focused company. The divisions will appear under a single monolithic brand GF.

2012

Acquisition of IPP, market leader for PE piping systems in the USA 
Georg Fischer’s acquisition of Independent Pipe Products Inc. (IPP) in Dallas, Texas (USA) enhances GF Piping Systems’ position in the water infrastructure market in the USA. IPP is the leading US manufacturer of polyethylene pipes and fittings in large dimensions.

Innovation Award for 561/562 check valves
In the course of the ACHEMA 2012 trade fair in Frankfurt am Main, awards are presented for the most innovative products, equipment and processes in the chemical, pharmaceutical and process technology industries. A panel of experts gives the award in the category “Valves/Seals/Pipes/Fittings” to GF Piping Systems for its new generation of check valves.

Clean Water partnership with Caritas
The Georg Fischer Corporation and Caritas Switzerland agree to cooperate in drinking water projects. To mark its 10-year anniversary, the Georg Fischer Clean Water Foundation donates a sum in the amount of CHF 1 million. With these funds, Caritas can provide at least 35,000 people worldwide with sustainably improved access to clean drinking water until 2015.

2011

Acquisition of Harvel Plastics, US market leader in industrial PVC piping systems
Georg Fischer acquires Harvel Plastics, the US market leader for industrial piping systems, and actively takes another step toward implementing its strategy to expand GF Piping Systems globally. The company is the leading supplier of polyvinyl (PVC) and chlorinated polyvinyl (C-PVC) pipes for industrial applications, particularly in water treatment.

New production plant in Haining, China
GF Piping Systems already has a strong presence in China with ten production sites as well as R&D facilities. In October 2011, Chinaust, a 50/50 joint venture of GF Piping Systems and Lingyun Industrial Corp., opens a new production plant in Haining near Shanghai. The plant occupies an area of 19,000 m2, where it produces polyethylene pipes for gas and water distribution as well as waste water pipes up to 3.5 m in diameter.

New logistics warehouse in Schaffhausen
Georg Fischer invests up to CHF 5.2 million to build a new logistics warehouse at its Schaffhausen site. After only eight months of construction, GF Piping Systems dedicates the state-of-the-art warehouse in September 2011. On a total area of over 11,500 m2 and with approx. 15,000 pallet spaces, the warehouse offers storage capacity for over 3,500 different products. Ten additional jobs are created.

2006 - 2010

2010

New generation of diaphragm valves
Georg Fischer has launched their new generation of diaphragm valves. Thanks to an optimized, turbulence-free flow contour 100 % more flow can be achieved  on average. Furthermore, the central, corrosion-resistant plastic thread and rounded contours with soft transitions reduce abrasion and noise transmission.

GF Piping Systems divests non-strategic business in China
GF Piping Systems sells Central Plastics Tianjin Ltd. The company, which generates revenue of around USD 4 million, is taken over by the current management.

International award for environmentally friendly algae bioreactors in special pipes
The Gold SolVin Award 2010 goes to GF Piping Systems. The Group, which belongs to Georg Fischer Corporation, receives this international innovation award for a newly developed piping system made of translucent plastic. When used as a bioreactor to grow algae, biomass and biofuels can be harvested. An added benefit is that these organisms bind harmful CO2.

President of the Swiss Confederation inaugurates new plant in China
Production goes on stream at GF Piping Systems’ tenth production site in China, further strengthening Georg Fischer’s position in the Chinese market. Using modern manufacturing technology, GF Piping Systems produces complete plastic piping systems. Tailor-made Swiss quality and local training for customers are a unique offering for the Chinese market. The new production facility in Beijing is officially inaugurated in the presence of the President of the Swiss Confederation, Doris Leuthard.

2009

New production plant in India
On November 4, 2009 GF Piping Systems opens a new plant in Ratnagiri (India). The industrial corporation invests several million Swiss francs in building this completely new factory in the port town, which is located 300 km south of Mumbai. The plant, situated on a 50,000 m2 site, manufactures products destined mainly for the expansion of India’s gas network.

2008

Growth in microelectronics sector
Per January 1, 2008, GF Piping Systems acquires Simona’s 50% share in their common joint venture, Georg Fischer SIMONA Fluorpolymer Products GmbH in Ettenheim (Germany). This allows GF Piping Systems to strengthen its position in supplying piping systems to the microelectronics sector.

Acquisition of JRG Gunzenhauser
Georg Fischer AG acquires all the capital shares of JRG Gunzenhauser AG in Sissach (Switzerland). JRG is a leading provider of domestic and heating water supply systems in Europe and has an excellent market position and well organized distribution channels primarily in Switzerland, southern Germany and Austria.  The acquisition of JRG is an important strategic step for GF Piping Systems and substantially strengthens its position in the building services market.

Georg Fischer strengthens its position in Canada with acquisition of Alfa Plastics Inc.
Georg Fischer AG acquires the business activities of Alfa Plastics Inc. in Brampton (Toronto), Ontario. The company specializes in selling plastic pipes, valves and fittings for water treatment, chemical processes and other industrial applications. Alfa Plastics has been working together with GF Piping Systems for over 20 years and is an important distribution partner in Canada. The company is renamed Georg Fischer Piping Systems Ltd. and is responsible for managing GF Piping Systems’ activities in Canada.

Investment in distribution centre and production plant in Schaffhausen
GF Piping Systems invests a total of CHF 21 million in its Schaffhausen location in order to expand distribution and production. The investments are made to satisfy the surge in demand, to eliminate delivery bottlenecks and to substantially improve operating processes.

Acquisition of Central Plastics, market leader in the USA
Georg Fischer acquires Central Plastics in Shwanee, Oklahoma (USA). The company is the leading supplier of piping systems for gas and water utilities in the North American market. The acquisition of Central Plastics allows GF Piping Systems to solidify its leading position in utilities piping systems worldwide and to double its overall turnover in America.

2007

Georg Fischer proudly looks back on 50 years of plastics know-how
In 1957 Georg Fischer commenced series production of plastic fittings – a milestone in the company’s history. To mark this occasion, GF Piping Systems issues a 224-page anniversary edition entitled “50 Years of Know-how in Plastics”.

2006

Stronger focus on core competences
In the context of systematically focusing on core competences, Georg Fischer sells Georg Fischer Pipe Jointing Technology GmbH, Singen (Germany) to Illinois Tool Works, Inc. (ITW), Glenview (USA).

2000 - 2005

2005

New Training Centre opens its doors
To increase efficiency in staff and customer training, GF Piping Systems invests roughly CHF 2 million in the new Training Centre at its headquarters in Schaffhausen. Customers, employees and visitors can learn more – under the guidance of specialists - about products and systems and also receive hands-on training.

2004

Strong brand
The corporation revises its branding policy and introduces a new attractive corporate design. Emphasis is placed on strengthening the GF trademark.  In view of this new policy, the Piping Systems Group receives the name GF Piping Systems.

2003

A future-oriented restructuring program is implemented
Georg Fischer launches a comprehensive restructuring program to increase profitability and reduce net debt. The three core businesses are streamlined. Production locations in Europe are reduced and activities and participations that do not belong to the core business are sold. In the course of this restructuring program, GF Piping Systems sells the foundry in Bedford (England) and closes the plastics works in Genoa (Italy) and Huntingdon (England). PVC production is transferred to Schaffhausen (Switzerland).

2002

Joint venture in clean room production
GF Piping Systems announces a new production joint venture with Simona AG in Kirn (Germany) for the manufacture of fluoro plastic pipes and fittings. The high-purity piping components are produced under clean room conditions and comply with the highest quality standards.

2001

Focus on market segments
The demand for multi-layer composite systems for drinking water and heating installations is rising rapidly throughout Europe. The acquisition of Pipe Fittings Company Italia (Pfci) represents a major step for Georg Fischer toward strengthening its market position in this segment. With the objective of concentrating even more effectively on specific market segments in future, the two companies Kubota Corp., Osaka (Japan) and Georg Fischer AG, Schaffhausen (Switzerland) agree to an an increase in Georg Fischer’s share in the joint venture from 50% to 81%. The company name Kubota George Fischer is changed to Georg Fischer.

2000

Successful joint venture
Georg Fischer purchases Industrial Pipe Systems Company (IPS) with headquarters in Sydney (Australia). The company supplies the gas and water sector in Australia and China.  With this purchase, Georg Fischer also takes over the 50% share of IPS in Chinaust, an equal joint venture with the Chinese Lingyun Group formed in 1987.

1900 - 1999

1999

Further consolidation and expansion to China
The new Pudong (China) subsidiary, in which Georg Fischer invested over CHF 18 million, manufactures and markets plastic piping systems for building services, industrial applications and gas and water utilities. In taking over Omicron (Italy), Georg Fischer strengthens its position as market leader in pipe jointing technology in Europe and establishes new business opportunities in Asia and South America. In the same year, Georg Fischer acquires Tecno Plastic S.p.A. (Italy) in order to build on the success of the TP brand within GF Piping Systems and enter new markets.

1998

Growth
The takeover of DEKA, German manufacturer of plastic pipes, strengthens the industrial business of GF Piping Systems. With a controlling interest in the Alprene Group in Bologna (Italy), Georg Fischer expands its range of fittings with innovative plastic compression fittings for distribution systems. In Subingen (Switzerland), Georg Fischer Wavin AG is founded. The company manufactures fittings for gas and water utilities.

1996

First production site in North America
By acquiring R&G Sloane Manufacturing Company in Little Rock (USA) and establishing George Fischer Sloane Inc., Georg Fischer now has, for the first time, its own production site for plastic fittings and pipes in North America.

1995

Corporate environmental management system
A corporate-wide environmental management system is set up. The malleable iron fittings production and warehouse are moved from Singen to Traisen (Austria).

1987 - 1991

Restructuring project
Under the auspices of the Schaffhausen-Singen restructuring project, foundry operations are centralized in Singen (Germany), while plastic piping systems are concentrated in Schaffhausen (Switzerland). Company-owned properties are also systematically refurbished, assigned new uses or sold. In Schaffhausen, a distribution centre, plastics plant and a modern test lab are built for GF Piping Systems.

1987

Measurement and control
Georg Fischer acquires Signet Scientific in El Monte, California (USA). This company specializes in flow measurement and control and is a leading innovator in the field. Signet developed the first plastic paddlewheel sensor in 1969, thus setting an industrial benchmark.

1976

George Fischer Inc., Tustin, is founded
Georg Fischer Inc. is established in Tustin, California (USA) as the sales company for the entire piping systems range, catering to the North, Central and South American markets.

1971

Production is launched in Seewis
The Plastic Valves Plant opens in Seewis (Switzerland).

1967

Minority stake in T.I.L. Genoa
T.I.L. Genoa manufactures PVC products and is bought up entirely five years later in 1972.

1966

Production begins in Huntingdon
In 1966 another production plant opens, George Fischer Plastics Ltd. in Huntingdon (England).

1963

Tangit is developed
Georg Fischer develops the PVC adhesive, Tangit, which has been produced by Henkel since 1964.

1957

Plastics production begins
After four years of research, the first production facility for PVC and PE fittings is dedicated in Singen (Germany).

1933

Acquisition of Britannia Iron and Steel Works Ltd.
Georg Fischer acquires Britannia Iron and Steel Works in Bedford (England) and begins producing malleable iron fittings in Britain.

1903

Trademark registered
The new GF trademark with its characteristic crosses representing stylized fittings is officially registered.

1800 - 1899

1895

Plant opens in Singen
Georg Fischer III (1864 – 1925) opens a fittings factory in the German town of Singen in 1895. The factory is operated as a branch of the main works in nearby Schaffhausen. At the same time, the first company-owned housing estate is built in Singen.

1865

Early marketing
The first fittings catalogue, containing 91 different models for gas lighting, is published.

1864

Production launch of malleable cast iron fittings
Georg Fischer II (1834 - 1887), son of Georg Fischer I and grandson of Johann Conrad Fischer, acquires the Schaffhausen works. In 1864, he is the first in Europe to manufacture malleable cast iron fittings (cast pipe connectors) commercially.

1802

Laying the foundations in Schaffhausen
On June 3, 1802, 29-year-old Johann Conrad Fischer (1773 - 1854) purchases a water-driven mill in Mühlental just outside of Schaffhausen (Switzerland). He uses the mill as a copper smelting plant and as a site to develop new alloys.

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