From 1990

History from 1990



Georg Fischer AG was restructured into a holding company, and the industrial operations at headquarters were made legally autonomous. Hand in hand with the strategic focus on the core activities of automotive products (now GF Automotive), piping systems (now GF Piping Systems), manufacturing technology (now GF AgieCharmilles) and plant engineering (subsequently Coperion) went the sale or spin-off of many of the Corporation's traditional second-string operations such as electrical fittings, wear parts, rail traffic engineering, and locking systems.



After 114 years of steel casting, Georg Fischer announced the closure of the long-established steel foundry in Schaffhausen. The last day of operation was 1 November 1991.



With the signing of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Charter, Georg Fischer committed itself to sustainability.


New location in Leipzig

Georg Fischer bought the Leipzig (Germany) foundry Schubert & Salzer Eisenguss GmbH, a manufacturer of components for heavy goods vehicles and construction plant. The Corporation's Environmental Management System was launched and developed.


Growth I

Georg Fischer acquired a majority stake in the Losone (Switzerland)-based listed manufacturer of electric discharge machines (EDM) Agie SA, founded in 1954. The two well-known brands of market leaders AGIE and Charmilles Technologies were retained and combined with all the other companies in what was then the Manufacturing Technology Corporate Group (now GF AgieCharmilles) under the common umbrella of Agie Charmilles Holding AG, a listed company headquartered in Zug.


First environmental management system

The Singen and Leipzig foundries, both in Germany, were awarded the coveted environmental prize from the CIATF (Comité international des associations techniques de fonderie). Alongside the foundries in Mettmann (Germany), Lincoln (England) and Herzogenburg (Austria), Singen and Leipzig are among the first ten foundries worldwide to introduce a certified environmental management system.

The two joint ventures set up by Agie (1991) and Charmilles (1995) to manufacture EDM machines in China resulted in the foundation of the Beijing-based Agie Charmilles Industrial Electronics Ltd. In 1999 the company began to produce low-cost entry-level EDM machinery under the new Actspark name. The plant was awarded ISO 14001 environmental accreditation in 2001.


Growth II

GF Automotive quadrupled its light metal (aluminum and magnesium) casting capacity with the acquisition of the German companies mb-Guss (Friedrichshafen) and the Mössner Group (Munich).