GF Piping Systems’ cleanroom at the Ettenheim site (Germany).

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 more than 30 production sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Key figures

CHF million

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

Order intake

 

1’788

 

1’865

Orders on hand at year-end

 

119

 

134

Sales

 

1’802

 

1’821

Sales growth %

 

–1.0

 

8.5

Organic growth %

 

1.3

 

8.2

EBITDA

 

264

 

269

EBIT

 

214

 

217

Return on sales (EBIT margin) %

 

11.9

 

11.9

Invested capital (IC)

 

676

 

688

Return on invested capital (ROIC) %

 

26.1

 

27.2

Number of employees

 

6’892

 

6’852

Employees

6’892

Sales per region

in CHF

Sales per segment

in CHF

Joost Geginat, President of GF Piping Systems, with the Hycleen Automation System.

Groundbreaking customer solutions

GF Piping Systems sees digitalization as a key pillar in developing innovative products and solutions for its customers. The Hycleen Automation System is an excellent example of this and the drive to accelerate the development of pioneering technologies.

The showcase solution

The Hycleen Automation System prevents harmful bacteria from multiplying in the piping installation, and ensures perfect drinking water quality. This is a revolution for water installations in hotels, hospitals, and residential buildings, as well in the marine segment. Hycleen ensures safe water supply and the automated operation of drinking water installations. The state-of-the-art circulation control system is quick to install and operate. It allows all customer data to be logged, evaluated, and displayed. Hycleen offers GF Piping Systems exciting growth opportunities worldwide.

Strategy 2020 recap

The key pillars of GF Piping Systems’ strategy are strengthening the existing market segment organization, linking the innovation process to identified customer needs, expanding the global presence and adapting the footprint, as well as shifting portfolio towards higher margin businesses and services. GF Piping Systems is well on track in the implementation of these thrusts.

Innovation strategy

Customer centric innovation is essential for the future differentiation of GF Piping Systems. To further increase its competitive advantages, the division’s innovation initiatives depend on listening to and quickly acting upon customer needs. The innovation strategy is built on four core elements:

– Empower all regions to innovate
– Open organization for internal and external collaboration
– Focus on strategic innovation fields
– Improve learning culture and decision making velocity

GF Piping Systems Success Story

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