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History

of the Föhl company

With pioneering spirit, courage and the pursuit of progress, Adolf Föhl GmbH & Co KG has developed during its success story of sixty years from being a small foundry into a company with an international presence.

1958

The company was founded in Necklinsberg in September by Adolf Föhl. Together with his wife Gertrud and his son Reinhold the first injection molding machine for the automated manufacture of thermoplastic products was commissioned.

1960

Expansion of the product range to include zinc die cast. Commissioning of the first automated hot chamber die casting machine.

1961

Construction of a production shed (Shed 1) and an office floor.

1964

Extension of the production area by sheds 2 + 3.

1968

In-house mold-making was founded and in the same yearwas developed to include the technical office (current engineering design department).

1970

Inauguration of an additional production shed of 450 sq m for die casting.

1976

On 17 December the KG was changed into a GmbH + Co KG. The company now operated under Adolf Föhl GmbH + Co KG.

1978

Following a major fire in the die casting shed in July 1977 this recommissioned for the 20th anniversary. Extension by an annex in the production and admin area.

1983

Inauguration of additional production areas with a floor area of 650 sq m (Warehouse, mechanical component machining, slide grinder, mold making, mold maintenance and engineering design).

1987

The first trainees are instructed in the mold making department. Föhl intensifies the discharge of its social responsibility.

1988

EDP enters the mold making department - the first CAD workstations are installed.

1989

By purchasing the premises of the Solo company in Haubersbronn an additional site „Plant no. 2“ is commissioned. The complete die casting production process is moved in there. The total production capacity is increased by 80%.

1990

Introduction of the quality assurance department (QM systems).

1992

In August: Introduction of IDC (Industrial Data Capture).

1993

Following a construction period of two years the „Administration Building“ with a useful area of 2,300 sq m was moved into.

1994

Plant no. 2 sees 8 cutting edge automated die casting machines installed. A new era of modern automated injection molding machinery and higher level of automation dawns. The face of the foundry is changing.

1996

Föhl opts for Germany as an industrial location. Acquisition of the 30,844 sq m property in Rudersberg-Michelau is completed. Within a few years Föhl 2000 emerged; one of the most up-to-date die casting factories in Europe. On 27 November principal Reinhold Föhl died aged 53. He is succeeded by his son-in-law Dr. Frank Kirkorowicz.

1997

Company founder Adolf Föhl dies aged 75.

2000

At the new Michelau site „Plant no. 3“ production is made in three-shifts with initially 11 automated die casting machines. By now Föhl is manufacturing high-end zinc die cast and plastic injection molded components on 41 automated die casting machines and 24 injection molding machines at 3 sites.

2001

The Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder accompanies SPD candidate Ute Vogt on her election campaign for the 2001 state elections which includes a visit to Föhl and subsequently Porsche.

2004

For the first time ever more than 11,000 tons of zinc are processed.

2005

In November the plant in China Taicang is handed over for the production. This is a further milestone with respect to the company's international presence.

2006

First prize at the international zinc die casting competition in Nuremberg.

2007

Winner of the international Newcast Award in Düsseldorf.

2008

Certification of Föhl China to TS 16949.

2010

Two third places at the international zinc die casting competition in Nuremberg. Relocation of Föhl China to new site with doubling of the area.

2012

Föhl successfully applies the hot runner technology well-known from plastics injection molding to zinc die casting .

2013

Föhl China achieves a turnover of 100 m RMB for the first time.

2014

On the 10th anniversary of Euroguss in Nuremberg Föhl was able to win the zinc die casting competition 2013/2014 .

2015

On the 10th anniversary a newly-built plant in China Taicang moved into.