History from 2015

GF Automotive Kunshan


Change on the Board of Directors of Georg Fischer Ltd: The Board of Directors will propose Riet Cadonau for election at the General Assembly of Shareholders on March 23, 2016 as a new member.

GF sells real estate in Meyrin, Switzerland

GF and Caritas Switzerland act together to bring access to clean water

GF to lift working time increase at its Swiss facilities per year-end

GF Machining Solutions to build modern machine tool facility in Biel (Switzerland)

First half-year figures were affected by the Swiss franc appreciation which shaved 7% off the top line. Adjusted for currency effects, acquisitions and divestments, sales were on previous year’s level.

GF Automotive announces a 50/50 joint venture with the world leading machining specialist Linamar Corp., Guelph (Ontario, Canada). Together, GF and Linamar Corp. will invest in a new high pressure light metal die casting plant in the Southeast of the US.

GF enters the industrial 3D printing business. GF Machining Solutions and EOS, Krailling (Germany), have entered into a strategic cooperation agreement.

GF Piping Systems has received a substantial order totaling more than EUR 15 million from the leading shipbuilding company STX France.

At the 119th Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of Georg Fischer Ltd held on 18 March 2015, the shareholders approved all proposals of the Board of Directors. Eveline Saupper was elected as new member of the Board.

GF Automotive is increasing its manufacturing footprint in China by 50%. The division completed end of 2014 the extension of its iron foundry in Kunshan for a capacity increase of 50%. It is also building its fourth light metal facility in Suzhou to add up 50% more capacity in this plant by the end of 2015.

GF generated sales of CHF 3 795 million in 2014 for an increase of 1%. The operating profit (EBIT) rose 9% to CHF 274 million mainly thanks to significant productivity gains.


GF kept in the first semester of 2016 its positive momentum. Sales reached CHF 1 863 million, 3% above the first six months of 2015.

GF Automotive has received a major global order for passenger cars’ structural parts from a well-known European car manufacturer. The contract amounts to EUR 84 million. The components will be simultaneously produced in Europe, China and the US as of 2018.

The 121th Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of Georg Fischer Ltd will be held on 19 April 2017 at the IWC Arena in Schaffhausen.

GF Machining Solutions has agreed to purchase 100 percent of the shares of Microlution Inc., Chicago (Illinois, US), a specialist of micro-machining based on milling and laser technologies.

GF Piping Systems announces today the acquisition of PT Eurapipe Solutions Indonesia. It offers a unique platform for further growth in this important country.

GF Machining Solutions has received a major order from a well-known US-based customer. The order consists of several high-end milling machines including automation and software for a total value of about USD 15 million as well as related training, support and services

Pietro Lori, current Head of GF Piping Systems, has decided to retire at the end of July 2016. The GF Board appointed Joost Geginat as new Head of GF Piping Systems effective 1 August 2016.

GF raised CHF 225 million on the Swiss capital market. The bond has a term of 10 years and carries a coupon of 0.875 percent.

GF announces that effective 1 January 2017, Andreas Müller will become Chief Financial Officer of GF.

At the 120th Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of Georg Fischer Ltd held on 23 March 2016, the shareholders approved all proposals of the Board of Directors. Riet Cadonau was elected as new member of the Board.

Thanks to a strong second half-year, 2015 ended up better than it started, allowing GF to reach profitability levels not seen since 2006 and meet the 2011–2015 strategy targets published early 2011.

GF Linamar LLC to build its US light metal die-casting plant in Henderson County (NC)

GF Machining Solutions has received two major orders from well-known electronic device manufacturers. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is one of the key market segments of GF Machining Solutions.

GF’s Chief Financial Officer Roland Abt (59) has been proposed for nomination as member of the Board of Swisscom AG. He has therefore decided to step down at the end of 2016.


At the 121st Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of Georg Fischer Ltd. held on 19 April 2017, the shareholders approved all proposals of the Board of Directors with one exception.

GF Piping Systems will supply the fluid transport systems for the next cruise liners to be built by STX France. The five-year contract received from the leading shipyard amounts to more than EUR 40 million.

15 Years GF Clean Water Foundation: The Clean Water Foundation was founded by GF in 2002 to mark the company’s 200th anniversary. In the last 15 years, GF has invested more than CHF 10 million in the foundation. So far about 130 projects helped to improve access to clean drinking water for some 300‘000 people around the globe.

On 8 March 2017 the groundbreaking ceremony of the new innovation and production center of GF Machining Solutions, a division of GF, took place in Bözingenfeld in Biel (Switzerland). The modern facility will be completed by the end of 2018.

GF has developed itself in 2016 fully in line with its strategic objectives 2016 –2020. Sales and profits increased anew and all three divisions generated value.