GF is a global business player and a market and technology leader. To remain in this top position, GF carries out extensive research and development activities. During the previous strategy cycle 2016 - 2020, the company invested around CHF 570 million in research and development. To expand into growth markets, GF acquired several companies, such as Microlution Inc. (US), Urecon Ltd. (Canada) and Precicast SA (Switzerland) or took some new production facilities into operation worldwide (see also GF Annual Report 2020, p. 34).
GF is showcasing its innovations
For over 200 years, innovations have been key to the success of GF. Every three years, the company provides detailed insights into its innovations at the GF Capital Market Day. With several exhibits, GF presents its current projects and newest applications, showing how the company finds and develops solutions for customer's challenges.
At the last Capital Market Day in 2019, GF Piping Systems presented a solution for the reduction of Legionella in drinking water in public and private buildings. GF Casting Solutions presented lightweight components for the aviation and energy sectors, as well as powertrain components and structural parts for the automotive industry. GF Machining Solutions provided an insight into its progress in Additive Manufacturing and smart manufacturing methods.