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New production site in Mexico 

With a new production site in Mexico, Forschner is strengthening its links to the important NAFTA market. The choice fell on the region of Queretaro, which is impressive not least of all for its attractive infrastructure.

With a new production site in Mexico, Forschner is strengthening its links to the important NAFTA market. The choice fell on the region of Queretaro, which is impressive not least of all for its attractive infrastructure.

The Spaichingen-based company Forschner is now establishing its eighth international presence under the company name of "Forschner Mexico S DE RL DE CV“. The firm has already been officially founded. Production is currently being built up, and a team of qualified employees established. The production hall contains space of approximately 4,000 sq m. The first production deliveries from the plant are planned for the third quarter of 2014. Production will initially be limited to cabling systems and on-board wiring systems, but this NAFTA presence is also opening up new opportunities for Forschner's other corporate divisions.

Anniversary in the Czech Republic

In 2014 the Forschner site in Uherské Hradiste is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its foundation. This illustrates once more that Forchner's commitment are long-term – always, and everywhere!

In 2014 the Forschner site in Uherské Hradiste is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its foundation. This illustrates once more that Forchner's commitment are long-term – always, and everywhere!

The site in Uherské Hradiste was founded in 1994, as Foschner's first foreign subsidiary. The company's 20-year anniversary now proves that the choice of location back then was a long-term and sustainable decision. Many industrial enterprises moved to Eastern Europe at that time to benefit from the low wage costs there, but for the majority of them it was just a brief adventure. After the first few , many companies decided to try again somewhere else, in countries that were "even cheaper".

During the two decades of Forschner in Uherské Hradiste not everything went according to plan either, of course. Yet Forschner's patience and stamina certainly paid dividends. Today, even though the Czech Republic is no longer famed for its enormously low wages, it offers an excellent compromise between qualified specialists and – in comparisonn to Central and Western Europe – costs that are as attractive as ever. At the site today, for instance, cabling systems and electromechanical systems are produced here with great success under the name of "Forschner spol. s. r.o." The new production hall built in 2011 covers over 11,000 square meters and contains a powerful, state-of-the-art machine park. About 600 employees ensure that the systems, machines and equipment all work to full capacity every single day.

Reason for celebration

In 1948 the company's founder, Mr Eugen Forschner, created something lasting that has remained valid and close to our hearts to this day. In July 2013, he celebrated his 90th birthday!

In 1948 the company's founder, Mr Eugen Forschner, created something lasting that has remained valid and close to our hearts to this day. In July 2013, he celebrated his 90th birthday!

Down-to-earth, sincere, determined, mischievous – there are plenty of ways to describe Mr Eugen Forschner. Two more words come top of the list, also as far as he is concerned: today he's hale and healthy, and has reached a very respectable age. The founder of the Forschner company celebrated his 90th birthday in July 2013.

"Healthy and well" is how Eugen Forschner says he feels, with a twinkle in his eye. The 90-year-old still has a cheerful look in his steely blue eyes, and comes across as very well informed – especially when it comes to his company, whose progress he continues to monitor in an advisory capacity for Forschner GmbH. It was as long ago as the early 1990s that Eugen Forschner gradually began to withdraw from his activities on the Managing Board: since that time his son Gert has steered the fortunes of a firm that has now become an international group of companies, developing from small beginnings into an internationally sought-after supplier of cabling systems, precision turned parts and electromechanical systems. Leading companies in the automotive, mechanical engineering and medical technology sectors all rely on expertise from Forschner.

When he founded his business back in 1948, Eugen Forschner could never have dreamed that everything would assume such huge dimensions. Employed as a legal secretary at the time by the firm of Hohner AG in Trossingen, he would work hard each evening in his garden shed in Aixheim, making his own hexagonal nuts, because after his commercial apprenticeship and first experiences of the big wide world of business he was quite convinced of one thing: "I can do that too."

In 1952 he finally took his leave of Hohner, and his own company, after its modest beginnings in the garden shed, soon grew very quickly. One of the reasons for this was certainly the fact that Eugen Forschner lived according to values that are still valid in his company today: a delight in technology combined with human attributes such as diligence, honesty, reliability and a quick mind – those are still characteristics of the company's founder today. "I'm an optimist – I'm sure that helped me as well," Forschner explains. And he was lucky too, even if it did run out now and then: in 1962, for instance, his factory in Aixheim burned down. His wife Traudl was always at his side during crises like that, as were his employees.

Ten years later the company moved to Spaichingen – like a phoenix from the Aixheim ashes, the company had now become a far larger technology firm. Hexagonal nuts had long lost their importance. Ever more complex products for everything related to cabling and electromechanics, including their development and testing, had now made the company an important partner of numerous large international firms. A whole series of prizes and awards kept arriving at the company in recognition of this excellent work. Forschner was "Supplier of the Year" at Bosch, Ford, Daimler and Philips, and the prizes keep rolling in each year.

The company continued to grow along with its customers' requirements, and today has subsidiaries all over Europe. Forschner also has a presence in China. Soon it will be taking its next step – and founding a production facility in Mexico.

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