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.
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.
By using steel profile systems you contribute actively to protecting the environment.
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.
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
Opening of coppersmith shop by F.J. Forster (1846–1913) in the Arbon old town.
Diversification in steel tube production: welded steel tubing.
Transfer of the individual company to the newly formed Hermann Forster AG.
Production of profile steel tubing.
Start of operations at an electric resistance welding facility for steel tubing.
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.
Market launch of Forster therm, the first thermally insulated window system with
Forster presto passes the first successful testing for class R30 smoke control doors.
Construction of the new tube-making facility with 12'600 m² in Arbon, Switzerland.
Forster thermfix, a newly developed system for mullion/transom curtain walls, is launched.
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.
Founding of AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG.
Listing of AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG on the Swiss Exchange (SWX).
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.
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, controlling shareholder and president of the management board of AFG
Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG, passes away.
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.
Reorganization of Hermann Forster AG as: Forster Rohr- & Profiltechnik AG, Forster
Küchen- & Kühltechnik AG and Forster Management AG.
The company pushes internationalisation by entering the market in Russia and other
Eastern European states.
Launch of the Forster thermfix light system for facades with attachment profiles.
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 Rohr- & Profiltechnik AG obtains certification for its ISO 14001 environmental
The company continues to drive its expansion into the Chinese market by establishing a
dedicated training centre.
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".
Establishing Forster Profile Systems GmbH, based in Rottweil. Acquisition of direct sales
in parts of Germany.
Belgian family-owned company Reynaers Group Aluminium Systems takes over
Forster Profile Systems Ltd.