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Forster Profile Systems in steel and stainless steel

Our hearts beat for steel; steel is our passion because it combines elegance and strength, durability and timelessness like hardly any other material.
We hold steel in our hands every day. We are experts when it comes to steel; we are familiar with its advantages and enthusiastic about the possibilities that building with steel opens up today and in the future.

The demands on buildings have not diminished: technical and social developments that have brought us digitisation, drive urbanisation and demographic changes, alter our working behaviour and continue to shape the awareness of an ecological way of life as well as health and safety aspects. They all influence the design of our spatial environment, which must be implemented in a simultaneously functional and visually appealing architecture.

This is exactly where Forster comes in. For us, building with steel means building for life: building in the service of the diverse needs of people and future generations as well as building with respect for the environment and natural resources.

 
about Forster
 
swiss made

All our profiles are manufactured in Arbon, Switzerland. At the 14,000 m² production area, approximately 3,000 km of profiles are manufactured, controlled and shipped all over the world annually. 

 
Stahl & Ökologie

By using steel profile systems you contribute actively to protecting the environment.

 
Sustainability

The raw material steel convinces, amongst other things, through its positive properties such as stability and durability. For this reason, steel is virtually predestined for the production of profile systems, particularly for safety applications.

 
Mission and values Forster Group

We strive for a corporate culture based on respect for employees, customers, suppliers, for our society and the world we live in. We embrace other ideas and diversity. We preserve natural resources and reduce our ecologic footprint throughout the entire supply chain.

 

The history of Forster Profile Systems

 

  • the founder Franz Josef Forster

    1874

    Opening of coppersmith shop by F.J. Forster (1846–1913) in the Arbon old town.

  • the old building in Arbon, Switzerland

    1915

    Diversification in steel tube production: welded steel tubing.

  • the Forster appearance in 1922

    1922

    Transfer of the individual company to the newly formed Hermann Forster AG.

  • the production site for the steel tubes

    1930

    Production of profile steel tubing.

  • the new welding plant for tube production

    1948

    Start of operations at an electric resistance welding facility for steel tubing.

  • acquisition by the Arbonia AG

    1973

    Acquisition of a controlling share in Hermann Forster AG by Arbonia AG. The newly
    created Arbonia Forster Group includes Arbonia AG, Hermann Forster AG, Bühler
    Regina AG and Asta AG.

  • presentation of the new profile system forster therm

    1975

    Market launch of Forster therm, the first thermally insulated window system with
    steel profiles.

  • the profile system forster presto receives the approval for smoke protection

    1978

    Forster presto passes the first successful testing for class R30 smoke control doors.

  • the new production building in Arbon

    1979

    Construction of the new tube-making facility with 12'600 m² in Arbon, Switzerland.

  • presentation of the new profile system forster thermfix

    1981

    Forster thermfix, a newly developed system for mullion/transom curtain walls, is launched.

  • presentation of the new profile system forster fuego

    1984

    Forster fuego, a new system generation for fire resistant doors and screens, is launched.
    In Switzerland, Germany and Austria the system is approved for T30 doors and F30 walls;
    it was subsequently developed for classes T60/F60, F90 and F120.

  • the AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding is founded

    1987

    Founding of AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG.

  • AFG is listed on the swiss stock exchange

    1988

    Listing of AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG on the Swiss Exchange (SWX).

  • production of the first forster presto stainless steel profiles

    1993

    Some profiles of the Forster presto system are produced in stainless steel for the first time,
    the start of what is today the widest stainless steel range of all Forster systems.

  • extension of the profile systems forster therm and forster thermfix

    1994

    Forster therm clima is introduced, which has been developed from Forster therm and
    which provides even better insulation values and a narrower profile geometry. Launch
    of the new Forster thermfix vario curtain wall system for dry-glazing. It replaces the
    Forster thermfix system which was designed for wet glazing only.

  • Jakob Züllig passed over

    1999

    Jakob Züllig, controlling shareholder and president of the management board of AFG
    Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG, passes away.

  • successfull approvals for fire protection

    2000

    First tests and approvals for fire resistant curtain walls with the Forster thermfix vario
    system, which start with a rating of G30/R30 and will be successively extended to include
    F30/F60/F90. Market launch of the Forster fuego light fire resistant system with narrower
    profile faces. The system successively replaces all applications of its predecessor, Forster
    fuego, and is also approved for T90 doors.

  • the business area is devided in three units

    2003

    Reorganization of Hermann Forster AG as: Forster Rohr- & Profiltechnik AG, Forster
    Küchen- & Kühltechnik AG and Forster Management AG.

  • forster enters into the russian market and other east european countries

    2004

    The company pushes internationalisation by entering the market in Russia and other
    Eastern European states.

  • presentation of the new profile system variant forster thermfix light

    2006

    Launch of the Forster thermfix light system for facades with attachment profiles.

  • presentation of the new profile system forster unico

    2007

    Launch of Forster unico, the profile system in steel and stainless steel for windows and
    doors with thermal break. The unique and environmentally compatible profile con-
    struction consists 100% of steel, without plastic insulators, the hitherto market solution.

  • forster optains the ISO 14001 certification

    2008

    Forster Rohr- & Profiltechnik AG obtains certification for its ISO 14001 environmental
    management system.

  • forster enters in to the chinese market

    2012

    The company continues to drive its expansion into the Chinese market by establishing a
    dedicated training centre.

  • forster sells the line of precision steel tubes to Mubea

    2013

    Sale of the business unit Forster Precision Steel Tubes to the automobile part
    supplier Mubea. Change of company name from "Forster Rohr- & Profiltechnik AG"
    to "Forster Profilsysteme AG".

  • the Forster Profilsysteme GmbH in Germany is founded

    2014

    Establishing Forster Profile Systems GmbH, based in Rottweil. Acquisition of direct sales
    in parts of Germany.

  • Forster is taken over by the belgian Reynaers

    2018

    Belgian family-owned company Reynaers Group Aluminium Systems takes over
    Forster Profile Systems Ltd.

 
Safe and energy efficient solutions for doors, windows, and curtain walls