Switzerland is where it all began: SFS Group traces its roots back to a hardware store that was opened in Altstätten, Switzerland, in 1928 under the name Stadler. The establishment of a metal press shop in Heerbrugg in 1960 laid the foundation for the company’s manufacturing activities and subsequent international expansion. Our desire to be close to the customer was the driving force behind the internationalization and global presence of our company.
Switzerland is still very important to SFS Group. The country accounts for nearly 20% of its total sales and a quarter of its employees are based in Switzerland. Besides the Distribution & Logistics segment, whose activities are focused on Switzerland, and the corporate functions, the Automotive and Industrial divisions serve their European customers primarily from their sites in Switzerland. Our Swiss sites have remained competitive on the international stage, even against the backdrop of the sustained strength of the Swiss franc, by focusing on the development and production of know-how-intensive, technologically advanced products and on highly automated, capital-intensive manufacturing processes. The relatively good availability of skilled workers is an important locational advantage and another reason why Switzerland is our innovation and technology hub.