2000 to today

2000 to today


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 center 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.


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”.


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).


New Training Center opens its doors
To increase efficiency in staff and customer training, GF Piping Systems invests roughly CHF 2 million in the new Training Center 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.


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.


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).


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 fluoroplastic pipes and fittings. The high-purity piping components are produced under clean room conditions and comply with the highest quality standards.


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.


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.