Company history
From Swiss roots to a leading global supplier

Company history

Over the course of more than five decades, forteq has evolved from a traditional Swiss injection molding company into a global strategic supplier to the automotive industry, offering services along the entire value chain.

The company is now a recognized world leader in the production of high-precision plastic components.

forteq started out as a Swiss manufacturer specializing in gears. As demand shifted in the 1970s from metal to plastic parts, the company responded to the market’s needs. It developed expertise in transmission systems and other automotive applications. This was the start of its mold development and plastic injection activities, which now represents a significant portion of the company’s business.

At forteq, we have a single-minded focus on creating the highest-quality plastic components for demanding clients in the automotive segment around the world. Milestones in our company’s history like the creation of a Global Account management structure and the opening of our own mold design and manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China show that we’re not content to rest on our past successes.

We recognize the importance of new trends, such as the move away from traditional internal combustion engines to electric vehicles. And we continuously respond to our customers’ needs by establishing and expanding facilities near them, including in Europe, North America and Asia.

forteq continues to grow and increase its international reach. See how our five decades of growth and international focus can help you with your high-precision automotive component needs.

Here are some of the milestones in our company’s international growth and development:

1970

Mikron Group expands into plastic injection molding, specialized in gears. As metal gear wheels were more and more replaced by plastic versions the injection molding business grew rapidly.

1970ies 

The company expanded the injection moulding business in USA and in, Europe and Asia.

1990ies

The international structures of the Plastics Technology division were unique in a sector which was still largely based on single countries.

2006

A Swiss investor group acquires the Plastic Technology Division of Mikron Group; the brand “forteq” is created.

2007

forteq establishes a Global Key Account Management structure, ensuring that we’re offering and supplying the plastic components our customers want.

2008

The company establishes its own mold manufacturing in Suzhou (China).

2011

A global technology center is established in Italy, with a focus on metal to plastic conversion and the development of pump and thermal management plastic components.

2015

Due to the increasing use of high-precision plastic gears in the automotive industry, forteq establishes a global technology center for the design of high-precision gears in Switzerland to service key clients and foster internal innovation.

2016

The existing factory in Rochester, New York (USA) is doubled as a result of significant growth in North America.

2019

Operations in Most (Czech Republic) are moved to a modern and significantly larger plastic injection molding plant.

2020

forteq management AG is incorporated in Switzerland to house the group management, corporate services and the Global Gear Competence Center.

Transfer of production from Derendingen (Switzerland) to Most (Czech Republic).

Sale of forteq Healthcare to focus on the rapid changes in the automotive market as a result of the transition from internal combustion engines (ICE) to electrical power trains.

 

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