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History

Six decades of Expertise, Reliability and Innovation

A pioneer in connector technology during the post-war period, Fischer Connectors has kept the spirit of innovation alive for nearly sixty years. We’re known for our breakthrough technologies, high-quality products and attentive customer service. Many of our developments have been adopted widely as industry standards. Audacious goals and rigorous attention to detail are part of our DNA.

View the timeline below to discover the highlights of our history:

Read also: "Happy" by Fischer Connectors, celebration of its 60th anniversary. 


Below are some additional details on Fischer Connectors history.

The 50s – Founding of W.W. Fischer

In 1954 Walter Werner Fischer, a vacuum technology expert from Liechtenstein, founded the company W. W. Fischer in Morges, Switzerland. He developed the very first high-quality sealed connector, designed for industrial applications.

The 60s – Early successes 

In 1962 the company filed an international patent for its push-pull locking system, and in 1964 developed the world’s first hermetic connector.

The 70s – Innovation drives growth

In 1970 W.W. Fischer produced its first stainless steel components, and in 1975, to meet growing customer demand, it opened its new manufacturing facilities in Apples, Switzerland. 

The 80s – Modern industrial processes 

With the aim of constantly improving quality, the company modernized its production processes, investing in state-of-the-art industrial technologies. It started expanding overseas, setting up a subsidiary in the United Kingdom in 1988. 

The 90s – New geographical and technological horizons 

W.W. Fischer continued to expand, opening subsidiaries in Europe (Germany, Italy and France) and in the United States. Peter Fischer, the founder’s son, took over the general management of the company in 1996, ensuring continuity and a new dynamism. Technological innovation continued with the launch of the first plastic series, and in 1993 the company obtained ISO 9001 certification.

The 2000s – The era of global connectivity

To meet the opportunities and challenges generated by global demand, the company rebranded itself as Fischer Connectors. 

The company continued to diversify both geographically and technologically, opening subsidiaries in Hong Kong in 2000 and in Sweden in 2005, and launching new products like the Fischer AluLite Series in 2008.
 
Fischer Connectors moved to Saint-Prex, where its ultra-modern headquarters and manufacturing facility are today.

The 2010s – Market-oriented innovation

2011: Launch of the Fischer Rugged Flash Drive, a robust USB stick for safe storage of sensitive data.

In 2012 the company set up a subsidiary in India to better serve its Asian customers, and continued to invest in research and development.

In 2010 the new Fischer UltiMate™ Series was launched to meet the needs of customers looking for connectors that are reliable, high-quality and robust, as well as being lightweight and compact. More technological innovation followed with the launch, in 2012, of the miniaturized Fischer MiniMax™ and ultra-resistant Fischer FiberOptic ranges.

In 2014 the company celebrated its 60th anniversary with its customers and employees. Six decades of expertise, reliability and innovation dedicated to providing you with complete connectivity solutions of outstanding quality, adapted to the technological, environmental and social changes of today’s ultra-connected world. 

In 2016 appointment of Jonathan Brossard, member of the founding Fischer family, at the head of the company as CEO.

Fischer Connectors Headquarters in 2013