History of malleable cast iron fittings

GF History
  • History of malleable cast iron fittings and the pioneer Georg Fischer II
  • Timeline of the Plant at Traisen, Austria
1834

Georg Fischer II was born in Hainfeld, Austria as son of Georg Fischer I and Seraphine Reiter

1841 to 1850

Georg Fischer II attends school in Schaffhausen and during his time with his grandfather, Johann Conrad Fischer, he learns the basics of the manufacture of steel castings and cast steel, forging and processing to filings

1851 to 1856

he attends the Polytechnic Institute in Vienna and spends some years as an apprentice with his father Georg Fischer I in Hainfeld, Austria

The today's „Technical University, Vienna“ was founded 1815 as k. k. polytechnisches Institut by Kaiser Franz I. of Austria, to educate engineers for military, mining and civil engineering.

1854

the grandfather Johann Conrad Fischer dies and Georg Fischer I inherits the facilities in Schaffhausen

1856

at the age of 22 years Georg Fischer II takes over the management of the plant in Schaffhausen after the still stand of production since 1854

1860

Georg Fischer II decides to expand the manufacturing program by the production of soft castings (= malleable cast iron) according to the methods of his grandfather

1864

Georg Fischer II buys the premises in Mühlental, Schaffhausen from his father Georg Fischer I and transforms it from a workshop-kind to an industrial plant

he begins with the production of pipe fittings in malleable cast iron in Schaffhausen.

Thus, Georg Fischer II is the first producer of malleable cast iron piping connections on the European continent.
The cast fittings represent a cost-effective and technically equivalent alternative to the previously used forged version

The first brochure appears with 91 models of pipe fittings, gas lighting accessories from ¼ -2 inches,
and tooling

1860s

the application on the domestic water supply was expanding

1870s

the English term “fittings” is first used in the German catalogue for pipe fittings.
Water, gas and steam piping are mentioned as applications

1826

Timeline of the Plant at Traisen, Austria

Johann Conrad Fischer buys in Hainfeld abandoned industrial facilities and builds a factory for cast steel products and filings

1828

J.C. Fischer gets the Austrian privilege for soft casting (=malleable cast iron ) and grants a license for
15 years to Wilhelm de Brévillier.
JCF‘s son Berthold constructs the foundry for Brévillier in Neunkirchen, Austria and serves as production manager for some years

1833

Georg Fischer I buys the plant in Hainfeld from his father, and acquires two more hammer mills in Austria - one in Traisen, one in Ramsau

from 1843

Berthold Fischer converts the former hammer mill Traisen of his brother Georg Fischer I into a malleable cast iron foundry

1844

The Traisen plant is renamed to Berthold Fischer – Eisenguss und Stahlwarenfabrik (Traisen).
A variety of malleable iron products are manufactured in the following years, however no pipe fittings

1851

Berthold Fischer is awarded medals at the world exhibitions London for his malleable cast iron products

Berthold Fischer is awarded medals at the world exhibitions London for his malleable cast iron products

1894

Sale of the Traisen plant to Austrian industrialists Gebrüder von Lenz

1898

Under the new owner, production of malleable cast iron fitting begings

1920 - 1990

Changing Ownership:  
1920 Skoda-Wetzler, 1939 Alpine Montangesellschaft, 1973 Voest Alpine AG

1990

The birth of Fittings Traisen GmbH with a new owner structure:
51% Georg Fischer and 49% Voest Alpine Stahl Linz

1995

Georg Fischer Fittings GmbH; the historical circle to the foundation in 1833 has been closed

2004

Start of PRIMOFIT production in Traisen

The Plant of Georg Fischer Fittings GmbH in Traisen today