1900 to 1999

1900 to 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.


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.


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.


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).


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 center, plastics plant and a modern test lab are built for GF Piping Systems.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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