On 14 September 1961, Friedrich Plath founds the Fischer & Plath company – with only 20 employees. In the beginnings, Fischer & Plath is a niche supplier of gaskets: for Oldtimers, etc. Within the following 20 years the company establishes itself on the market. As a consequence, new buildings are needed, being constructed in the industrial area of Berne.
Restructuring and optimising
In, 1983 Ralf Mertens becomes Managing Director of Fischer & Plath. The company is re-structured and optimised. Automatic punching production and mass production are the main focus now. In order to be able to construct and produce the inlays for the stampings in-house, an own tool manufacturing facility along with an own annealing facility are built. This is a crucial factor for the quality of mass production. The product range is expanded accordingly.
Aiming at the market lead
At the end of the 80s, Fischer & Plath has become an attractive partner for the automotive industry and can be found on the supplier lists of the large-scale vehicle manufacturers since then. A cooperation with Waskönig-Krämer in 2001 expands the product range to include soft material seals.
Today, Fischer & Plath has an annual parts output of approx. 1 billion parts produced on ca. 70,000 m², with a turnover of about 25 million Euros. The results are growing in double digits, and also the number of customers is constantly growing. About 1,000 active customers are ordering products on a regular basis at Fischer & Plath.