GF is a worldwide business player operating in an environment of global competition. All three divisions of GF are among the market and technology leaders in their segments and main markets.
Vision & Strategy
GF is a global industrial company and leading solution provider. It generates value throughout the economic cycle. All three divisions GF Piping Systems, GF Casting Solutions, and GF Machining Solutions are among the market and technology leaders in their segments and main markets.
The Strategy 2020 focuses on profitable growth.
The strategic objectives are
- ROIC 20–24%
- ROS 9–10%
- Annual Growth 3–5%
In order to achieve these objectives, the strategy is implemented on the basis of three main strategic thrusts:
- Widen presence in growth markets, adapt portfolio & footprint in Europe
- Shift divisions’ portfolio to higher margin businesses
- Drive sales proficiency and innovation excellence
GF addresses the challenges of global megatrends and offers dedicated solutions in all three divisions – in line with Strategy 2020.
Global trends 1 – Growing and aging world population, urbanization
GF’s solutions in the segments Utility, Industry and Building technology:
- Leak-free and safe delivery of water and gas outside buildings (Utility)
- Energy efficient process water solutions for various industries (Industry)
- Hygienic water for private homes and commercial buildings (Building technology)
Global trends 2 – Climate change and CO2-reduction, urbanization, mobility
GF’s solutions in the segments automotive and aerospace:
- Planning, development, and digital production know-how for the production of lightweight components
- Precision casting and Additive Manufacturing know-how for the aerospace and energy segment
Global trends 3 – Digitalization & miniaturization, increased need for precision
GF’s solutions for making high-precision machines more energy efficient:
- Additive Manufacturing (more complex, lighter products, reduced scraps)
- Intelligent Manufacturing (full traceability, better and faster maintenance)
- Laser texturing and Laser drilling (more aesthetic and functional texturing)