GF Piping Systems is one of the three divisions within Georg Fischer Corporation and a leading provider of plastic and metal piping systems with global market presence. The product portfolio includes pipes, fittings, valves and the corresponding automation and jointing technology for industry, building technology as well as water and gas utilities. With its intelligent complete systems, trendsetting products and technologies, GF Piping Systems is setting global standards in quality and performance. In project planning and implementation, GF Piping Systems convices by application orientation and by responding to individual customer needs.

Company details

Ebnatstrasse 111/Postfach , Schaffhausen , CH-8201 CH-8201 Switzerland

Locations Served

Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater - Pipes and Piping
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Employees:
Over 1000
Turnover:
more than 1,000,000,000 €

Georg Fischer focuses on three core businesses: GF Piping Systems, GF Automotive and GF AgieCharmilles. The industrial corporation founded in 1802 headquarters in Switzerland and operates approximately 130 companies with 13 000 employees in 30 countries.

GF Piping Systems is a leading supplier of plastic and metal piping systems with global market presence. For the treatment and distribution of water and chemicals, as well as the safe transport of liquids and gases in industry, we have the corresponding jointing technologies, fittings, valves, automation products and pipes in our portfolio.

Our market segments

Being a strong implementation partner GF Piping Systems supports its customers in every phase of the project. No matter which processes and applications are planned in the following market segments:

  • Building Technology
  • Chemical Process Industry
  • Energy
  • Food & Beverage / Cooling
  • Microelectronics
  • Marine
  • Water & Gas
  • Water Treatment

Global presence

Our global presence ensures customer proximity worldwide. Sales companies in over 25 countries and representatives in another 80 countries provide customer service around the clock. With 50 production sites in Europe, Asia and the USA we are close to our customers and comply with local standards. A modern logistics concept with local distribution centres ensures highest product availability and short delivery times. GF Piping Systems specialists are always close by.

Complete solutions provider

Our extensive product range represents a unique form of product and competence bundling. With over 60 000 products, allied with a broad range of services, we offer individual and comprehensive system solutions for a variety of industrial applications. Our automation offering perfectly fits into our complete system approach and is thus an integral part of our portfolio. Having the profitability of the projects in focus, we optimise processes and applications that are integrated into the whole system. Continually setting standards in the market, we directly provide our customers with technological advantages. Due to our worldwide network customers benefit from our 50 years+ experience in plastics. From start to finish, we support our customers as a competent, reliable and experienced partner, actively contributing the know-how of an industrial company that has been successful in the market for over 200 years.

GF Piping Systems develops, produces and markets a comprehensive range of piping systems and components in a variety of materials used worldwide to transport water, gases and aggressive media. Delivery of the products – whether fittings, valves, measurement and control technology, pipes or jointing technologies – is always fast, flexible and dependable.

Vision
GF Piping Systems will become a world-leading provider of environment-friendly piping systems for industry, utility and building technology with focus on water cycle applications.

Strategy

  • Strengthen the worldwide presence by organic growth and acquisitions
  • Ensure a significant growth by innovations

From consulting to planning and finally installation – our specialists are available to you wherever you are located. Besides high-quality and reliable products, we offer a comprehensive package of services. Customers benefit from our global presence, which enables individual support at your location and in your language.

Our Specialists are there for you: based locally, networked globally

Our customer support includes providing technical manuals on a multitude of topics and an extensive CAD library as well as an international team of experts, who works closely together with local sales companies. When it comes to installing our products, customers appreciate our comprehensive range of training courses, whether directly on site or in one of our modern training centers worldwide.

A competent Partner for your Projects

The added value derived by our customers is a crucial factor in developing our products and services. It is not just our undisputed product expertise that goes into planning and sustainably realizing projects as well as individual services. Our customers also benefit from our profound knowledge of industries and markets we have acquired over many years of experience, making us a competent and professional partner for your projects.

The innovative drive of a company is key to its growth and future success. For over 200 years GF Piping Systems has been actively dedicated to research and development on a global scale. As a result, our products and systems set benchmarks around the world. The numerous patents, approvals and awards are testimony to this unique capacity for innovation.

Innovation cannot be left to chance

Our global innovation management system as well as research and development centers in Europe, America and Asia underscore the importance which the company awards to new developments and materials research. Our own corporate research network is supplemented with valuable cooperation projects, long-term collaboration and regular exchanges with leading international universities, scientific institutes and research facilities.

We are geared to the requirements of our customers

Innovation is sustainable when it satisfies the needs of customers. Potential is identified in dialogue with customers and development processes are initiated close to the market. Our R&D teams bring in extensive experience, an understanding of how the market works and comprehensive product know-how, thereby paving the way for the successful realization of our innovations. Fast development processes and a global presence are critical factors for success since they make it possible to become rapidly established on the market and enable customers to benefit directly from the innovations.

Quality provides security and is the basis for trust. In project work, in development, production and in the actual use of products, quality consciousness and quality standards determine success. The elementary importance of quality governs how we act, shapes our understanding of quality and is reflected in our own quality standards.

Certified Systems

Certified management systems ensure that quality standards and goals are anchored company-wide, across all areas and processes; they steer activities aimed at optimization and they coordinate quality assurance. All the production companies and the majority of sales companies worldwide are ISO 9001 certified. The Central Test Lab for material and product approvals, located at the headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, is accredited according to ISO/IEC 17025.

We take a global approach to quality

By systematically integrating business partners and suppliers, GF Piping Systems pursues a holistic approach to quality, thus warranting a binding claim to quality along the entire value-added chain. Thanks to the global quality management system, customers around the world benefit from the highest level of quality, professional project management, operating safety and comprehensive know-how. Expert teams make sure that products and systems are developed and manufactured according to all the relevant norms and specifications. Whether in planning, consulting or training courses, qualified employees competently support customers on site.

Quality is second nature to us

GF Piping Systems is committed to fulfilling the quality requirements of its customers and to ensuring adherence to legal norms and standards. Consistently applying our quality policies is the responsibility of each and every one of us. A strong focus on quality is natural for all our employees in performing their daily work.

Ecodesign – Sustainable Use of Resources

We strive to conserve natural resources both in our daily business and in how our products are used in customer applications. By focusing on our core competence – water treatment and the safe transport of liquids – we help to ensure that the valuable resource water is used economically. Energy is also saved by using our products. With the right design (ecodesign), suitable materials, correct dimensioning and appropriate control of the individual components, energy consumption can be decreased. This protects our environment and at the same time lowers costs for customers.

Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions in Production

In production facilities, the greatest environmental impact is in energy consumption. Non-renewable resources are consumed and emissions are produced. We persistently seek to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by optimizing our production processes.

Our Employees’ Health is important to us

Reducing accidents and absenteeism are central to our social agenda. Healthy employees who feel comfortable at work are motivated and are an asset in making sure our customers are satisfied. We are actively involved in providing a healthy work environment, preventing accidents and reducing absences.

Working together with our Suppliers

The social and ecological responsibility of a company also covers the choice of business partners, such as suppliers. In the Supplier Code of Conduct, Georg Fischer defines the requirements for all its suppliers of goods and services. The key issues of the Supplier Code are ethical conduct, respect for human rights, socially acceptable working conditions, adherence to environmental standards and implementation of management systems.

Key performance indicators

In the context of annual sustainability reporting, Georg Fischer compiles social indicators at all its sites. At production sites, environmental indicators are additionally gathered. These indicators compiled in the Sustainability Information System (SIS) are based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and are published in the Georg Fischer Sustainability Report.

Climate change and a clean drinking water supply are the greatest challenges facing society today. We ensure that the materials used in our products, systems and applications are in line with ecological considerations and as such make a sustainable contribution to the environment.

Plastic Pipes are eco-friendly

All around the globe, companies strive to use products and solutions that meet the growing environmental demands. Plastics combine material properties which enable ecological and cost-efficient performance, thus complying with the requirements of business in terms of sustainability

  • Long lifetime
  • Recyclability
  • Cost-effective thanks to long system life cycle
  • Low net weight
  • Greater pump efficiency thanks to steady flow rate
  • Corrosion resistance and no incrustation
  • Low thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity
  • Significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions across all processes, hence more favorable CO2 and water balance compared to metal solutions

Our Solution: ecological added value

Our plastic pipes deliver real added value compared to alternative materials. A striking example of this is the CO2 footprint of a PE pipe, DN80, measuring one meter in length. The sum of all the greenhouse gases emitted to the atmosphere in the course of processes, materials extraction, materials processing, manufacturing, transport, use and recycling is approximately five times lower for a plastic pipe than for a stainless steel pipe. This was confirmed in a study of the ecological footprint of various piping materials.