GF Machining Solutions at a glance

GF Machining Solutions is one of the world’s leading providers of complete solutions to the tool and mold making industry and to manufacturers of precision components. The portfolio includes milling, wire cutting and EDM machines as well as spindle systems, laser texturing, additive manufacturing, as well as automation and digitalization solutions. The key customer segments are the aerospace, ICT, medical, and automotive industries.

Worldwide presence 

GF Machining Solutions is present in more than 50 countries with its own sales companies. In addition, the division operates production facilities and research and development centers in Switzerland, in the USA, in Sweden, and China.

Key figures

Employees

3’255

CHF million

 

2017

 

2016

 

 

 

 

 

Order intake

 

1’030

 

917

Sales

 

992

 

916

Sales growth %

 

8.3

 

1.6

Organic growth %

 

7.4

 

–0.3

EBITDA

 

96

 

77

EBIT

 

82

 

62

Return on sales (EBIT margin) %

 

8.3

 

6.8

Invested capital (IC)

 

269

 

261

Return on invested capital (ROIC) %

 

24.1

 

18.3

Number of employees

 

3’255

 

3’102

Sales by region
in CHF
Sales per segment 
in CHF
Strategy 2020
Positioning as innovation leader

Positioning as innovation leader

In 2017, GF Machining Solutions once again successfully presented its competencies at the EMO in Hannover (Germany), the world’s largest trade fair for metalworking. On an interactive, 945 m2 booth, customers were able to learn more about the division’s intelligent solutions and technological innovations. GF Machining Solutions unveiled several novelties to the 130’000 trade visitors, covering the areas of milling, EDM and laser technology, additive manufacturing, automation, and digitalization.

Strategy 2020
Creating an efficient organization

Creating a future-oriented, efficient organization

In order to concentrate all milling machine operations in Switzerland in one location, GF Machining Solutions is building a new innovation and production center in Biel. The state-of-the-art plant will replace the three current locations in Nidau, Ipsach, and Luterbach (Switzerland), and lay the ideal foundations for future growth through synergies and streamlined processes. In total, approximately 450 attractive workplaces will be created in Biel. The site will comprise production, research and development, as well as a modern application center.

Strategy 2020
Offering complete solutions

Offering complete solutions

Symmedia GmbH from Bielefeld (Germany) has been part of GF since September 2017. With the acquisition of the software company, GF Machining Solutions is expanding its expertise in the field of Industry 4.0 and strengthening its digital offering. Symmedia specializes in the secure networking of machines and has been developing service solutions for the mechanical engineering sector since 1997. Today, over 15’000 machines across the globe are equipped with software produced by Symmedia. Thanks to this acquisition, GF Machining Solutions can now drive forward its own digital transformation and offer its customers complete solutions for industrial networking.

Segment information
Highlights 2017
Success Story