GF Piping Systems at a glance

GF Piping Systems is a leading supplier of piping systems made of plastics and metal. The division focuses on system solutions and high-quality components for the safe transport of water, chemicals and gases, as well as corresponding services. The product portfolio of fittings, valves, pipes, automation and jointing technologies covers all applications of the water cycle.

Global presence

GF Piping Systems supports customers in the fields of utility, industry and building technology in over 100 countries through its own sales companies and representative offices. The division operates several research and development centers as well as more than 30 production sites in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Key figures

Employees

6’852

CHF million

 

2018

 

2017

 

 

 

 

 

Order intake

 

1’865

 

1’718

Sales

 

1’821

 

1’678

Sales growth %

 

8.5

 

12.3

Organic growth %

 

8.2

 

12.1

EBITDA

 

269

 

245

EBIT

 

217

 

189

Return on sales (EBIT margin) %

 

11.9

 

11.3

Invested capital (IC)

 

688

 

671

Return on invested capital (ROIC) %

 

27.2

 

22.9

Number of employees

 

6’852

 

6’764

Sales per region
in CHF
Sales per segment
in CHF
Strategy 2020
Cooling of data centers offers great market potential

Cooling of data centers offers great market potential

Global providers of cloud-based storage solutions, mobile telephony service providers as well as search engine and social network operators are constantly increasing their systems’ capacities – and enhancing their performance. As they invest in these, more is demanded in terms of the security of data and operations. It is essential that efficient and constant cooling of the IT infrastructure is provided, in order to avoid overheating and the interruptions that result from it. GF Piping Systems has been helping companies in keeping their data centers cool for some years now. The system solution COOL-FIT 4.0 was rolled out in 2018. It ensures that GF Piping Systems continues to meet the highest process security standards, and enables its customers to use energy more efficiently while reducing their maintenance and operating costs. Therefore, the division has good prospects of being able to succeed in this promising growth market.

Strategy 2020
Driving the digitalization of products and applications

Driving the digitalization of products and applications

A significant milestone was achieved in the digitalization of GF Piping Systems’ products: the latest generation of the division’s actuators will become smart. These “smart actuators”, once connected to the operator’s smartphones and tablets, impress with easy handling and data access as well as remote control and diagnosis. Increased efficiency and simplified workflow from installation to maintenance are the effects. The new actuator will be launched in the first half of 2019.

Strategy 2020
Establishing collaborative working

Establishing collaborative working

The way of working these days has changed significantly. Collaboration and interaction are key terms in the modern working world. A shift to project and team spaces instead of individual workplaces helps GF Piping Systems to become more agile and flexible in its way of working. By fall 2019, the division’s headquarters in Schaffhausen (Switzerland) will be completely refurbished. Over an area of 3’000 square meters innovative offices with team, co-working and project rooms will be realized which foster collaboration resulting in higher innovational strength.

 
Segment information
 
Highlights 2018
 
Success Story