- The first half of 2023 was characterised by great challenges, which not only affected the general economy but the building sector in particular and thus Arbonia.
- As an expression of its strategy, Arbonia has decided to rename the HVAC Division the "Climate Division". The new division name emphasizes its international orientation and focus on cutting-edge products and energy-efficient systems. The portfolio of the division ranges from sustainable heat/cold generation, the storage of heat and energy, to heat/cold distribution, as well as ventilation and air filtration. The Climate Division supports the future-proof supply of energy and heat to all kinds of buildings and is thus ideally equipped for the energy revolution in the building sector.
- 2022 is a challenging year due to material price increases, the energy crisis, supply bottlenecks and the strength of the Swiss franc.
- However, Arbonia continues to focus on the further development of modern products for energy-efficient and self-sufficient buildings, such as heat pumps, ventilation systems, underfloor heating and battery storage.
- In the doors segment, the new door frame plant in Prüm (D) opened, and the construction of the new logistics centre in Roggwil (CH) will shorten delivery times for customers in Switzerland.
- In July, Arbonia acquires the German company joro türen GmbH, a manufacturer of special project doors.
- In December, it signs the purchase agreement for the Portuguese HVAC distribution company Cirelius S.A. in order to increase its activities in Portugal and Spain.
- The sale of the Windows Division will be completed by the end of August 2021. Arbonia now consists of the HVAC and Doors Divisions.
- The Sanitary Division will be integrated into the Doors Division as the Glass Solutions Business Unit as of 1 July 2021.
- Arbonia acquires Termovent Komerc d.o.o. (Termovent). The acquisition of the established Serbian manufacturer of commercial ventilation equipment represents the geographical expansion of its holistic system offering in the area of ventilation into Eastern Europe, as well as the expansion of its expertise in the area of indoor air quality, particularly cleanrooms.
- Arbonia acquires the Spanish market leader in the distribution of designer radiators and bathroom radiators, CICSA Industriales del Calor S.L. (Cicsa).
- In January 2021, Arbonia announces the sale of the Windows Division.
- Sale of Forster Refrigeration Technology
- Sale of Forster Precision Steel Tubes
- AFG sells its transport and logistics business Asta
- Divestiture of British subsidiary Aqualux
- Sale of Warendorf
- Acquisition of the Polish window manufacturer Dobroplast, in order to expand the core business Windows
Edgar Oehler was succeeded as Chairman of the Board of Directors by Paul Witschi on 29 April and as CEO by Daniel Frutig on 1 June.
shareholders at AFG’s ordinary General Meeting approved the abolition of the hitherto unequal weighting of registered shares and bearer shares, introducing a single class of registered shares.
AFG presented its new Warendorf brand of kitchens. This represents the successor to the Miele Kitchens (Miele Die Küche) brand.
AFG took over Slovaktual s.r.o., Slovakia’s leading windows manufacturer. In October, AFG set up a new Asia Pacific regional branch with headquarters in Shanghai (CN).
AFG acquired STI Surface Technologies International Holding AG, Steinach SG (CH) and RWD Schlatter AG, Roggwil SG (CH). In September, AFG acquired the British company Aqualux Products Holdings Ltd.
the Group acquired Schmidlin ASCO Swiss AG, Zwingen BL. The company specialises in underfloor convectors which, alongside their conventional heating function, can also be used for cooling.
there followed a further acquisition: in September, AFG acquired Miele Kitchens, based in Warendorf (D), from the German company Miele & Cie. KG, based in Gütersloh (D).
there were three acquisitions: Bruno Piatti AG, Dietlikon ZH (CH); EgoKiefer AG, Altstätten SG (CH); and Spedition Gächter GmbH, Stachen-Arbon TG (CH).
the Züllig estate sold its majority interest to Dr Edgar Oehler, the new CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
AFG took over the German company Kermi GmbH, which provided a major boost for its radiator and shower stall business.
Jakob Züllig, majority shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, died. Prolux Heizkörper AG was bought in the same year.
AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG was registered with the commercial register with CHF 30 million in share capital. A year later, the company was listed on the stock exchange.
the majority of the shares in Hermann Forster AG were transferred to Arbonia AG, which had been wholly owned by Jakob Züllig since 1959. The Arbonia-Forster Group comprised Hermann Forster AG (steel tubes technology, kitchens and refrigeration equipment), Arbonia AG (radiators and heaters), Asta AG (road transport) and Buhler-Regina AG (embroidery supplies).
Arbonia AG was established.
Karl Schnitzler set up a factory to make heat exchangers under the Arbonia brand.
Franz Josef Forster opened a coppersmith’s shop producing hot-water bottles, cookware and other receptacles. The company changed its name to Hermann Forster AG in 1922. It had now begun to manufacture steel tubes.