Facts & Figures

GF comprises three divisions: GF Piping Systems, GF Automotive, and GF Machining Solutions. Founded in 1802, the Corporation is headquartered in Switzerland and is present in 32 countries with 121 companies, 45 of them production facilities. Its approximately 14 400 employees generated sales of CHF 3.64 billion in 2015. GF is the preferred partner of its customers for the safe transport of liquids and gases, lightweight casting components in vehicles, and high-precision manufacturing technologies.

GF Piping Systems

GF Piping Systems is a leading supplier of piping systems made of plastics and metal. The division focuses on system solutions and high-quality components for the safe transport of water and gas in industry, utilities, and building technology. Its product range includes fittings, valves, pipes, automation and jointing technologies and covers all applications throughout the water cycle.

GF Piping Systems supports its customers in over 100 countries through its own sales companies and representative offices. The division is present in Europe, Asia, and the Americas with more than 30 manufacturing sites and research and development centers, which also support energy-saving use of raw materials and resources.

Sales: CHF 1 417 million

GF Automotive

GF Automotive is a technologically pioneering development partner and manufacturer of light­­weight cast components and systems made of ductile iron, aluminum, and magnesium for the global automotive industry as well as a variety of other industrial applications. The highly complex lightweight components contribute to making modern vehicles lighter and reduce their CO2 emissions.

GF Automotive manufactures at nine production plants in Germany, Austria, and China. In those countries as well as in Switzerland, Korea, and Japan it also operates sales offices. The lightweight research and development com­petency is in Schaff­hausen (Switzerland) and Suzhou (China).

Sales: CHF 1 321 million

GF Machining Solutions

GF Machining Solutions provides milling and electrical discharge machines (EDM), additive manufacturing solutions, laser texturing, automation, tooling, and spindles. These complete solutions make the division one of the world’s leading provider to the tool- and mold-making industry and to manufacturers of precision components. The most important customer segments are the aerospace industry, ICT, and the automotive sector.

GF Machining Solutions operates its own sales companies in more than 50 countries to provide customer services locally. Production facilities as well as research and development centers are located in Switzerland, Sweden, and China.

Sales: CHF 902 million

Key figures (CHF million) GF Piping Systems GF Automotive GF Machining Solutions
  2015 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014
Order intake 1 429 1 493 1 331 1 412 902 932
Sales 1 417 1 476 1 321 1 415 902 905
EBITDA 193 190 148 154 92 65
EBIT 143 142 89 93 78 53
EBIT before one-off effects 149 142 95 93 64 53
Return on sales (EBIT margin) % 10.1 9.6 6.7 6.6 8.6 5.9
Return on sales (EBIT margin)
before one-off effects %
10.5 9.6
7.2 6.6 7.1 5.9
Return on invested capital (ROIC) % 18.0 17.1 22.1 21.8 21.9 16.9
Number of employees 6 237 6 086 5 037 4 898 3 003 3 008

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