Eastern Switzerland is one of seven major regions of Switzerland. As the name suggests, the Greater Region is located in the east of Switzerland and consists of the cantons: Glarus, Schaffhausen, Appenzell Ausserhoden, Appenzell Innerhoden, St. Gallen, Graubünden, and Thurgau. The largest cities in the region are St. Gallen, Chur, and Frauenfeld. In the following we present you the 3 largest mechanical engineering companies. All 3 companies are part of our list of the largest machine builders in Switzerland.
- Contains the 100 top-selling mechanical engineering companies from Switzerland that are active in numerous subdivisions such as machine tools, packaging machinery, construction machinery, industrial equipment, textile machinery, etc.
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1. Georg Fischer AG, Schaffhausen: 3.2 billion CHF turnover
In 1802, Johann Conrad Fischer acquired a mill in Schaffhausen, which he converted into a foundry. Over the course of several generations, this business evolved into the industrial corporation it is today, Georg Fischer AG. Fischer is organized in three business units (divisions). “Piping Systems” stands for piping systems made of plastic and metal, “Casting Solutions” for component manufacturing for various industrial sectors. Mechanical engineering takes place in the “Machining Solutions” division. Here Georg Fischer AG supplies electric discharge machines, high-speed milling machines and machines for laser texturing. Customers are from the automotive industry, aerospace and ICT companies. Georg Fischer AG employs almost 15,000 people.
2. Buhler Holding AG, Uzwil: CHF 2.7 billion turnover
Bühler is a Swiss family-owned company that emerged from an iron foundry founded in 1860. The Group is active in various technology fields – with a focus on grain processing and food production. The Grains and Food business accounts for 63 percent of Group sales with technologies, machinery and equipment for milling, grain storage, food and animal feed production, including digital applications. Consumer Foods” (solutions for the production and supply of confectionery, baked goods, chocolate and coffee) accounts for 21 percent of sales. In the “Advanced Materials” segment (16 percent of Group sales), Buhler supplies, among other things, equipment for light metal alloys, paint production, or vacuum coating.
3. Aebi Schmidt Holding AG, Burgdorf: 466 million CHF turnover
Aebi Schmidt is the leading Swiss manufacturer of special vehicles, machines, and equipment for agriculture, landscape maintenance, and the care of public areas. The company’s history began in Burgdorf in 1883 with a workshop for turbines, fire engines, seed drills and horse-drawn tractors. Spreaders, snow clearing vehicles, sweepers, special mowers, transporters – these are just a few examples from the current Aebi Schmidt program. Sales are carried out under the brands Aebi, Schmidt, Arctic, Nido, Swenson, Meyer, ELP & MB. Aebi Schmidt employs more than 1,300 people. Until 2006 Aebi was family owned, in 2007 the company was merged with the German “Schmidt Winterdienst- und Kommunaltechnik GmbH” to form “Aebi Schmidt Holding AG”.
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