Fischer (company)

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Fischer Sports GmbH
Industry Sporting goods
Founded 1924
Headquarters Ried im Innkreis, Austria
Key people
Josef Fischer Sr., founder
Franz Föttinger, CEO
Bernhard Matzner, CFO
Products Alpine skis, Alpine bindings, Alpine boots, Alpine poles, Nordic skis, Nordic bindings, Nordic boots, Nordic poles, jumping skis, accessories and hockey
Revenue (2012–13) 173.5 million EUR
(2013l14) 186.1 million EUR
(2014l15) 159.8 million EUR
(2015l16) 145.0 million EUR
Number of employees
Approx. 450 in Ried (AT)
Approx. 1.020 in Mukatschewo (UA)
Approx. 140 at other locations
Website www.fischersports.com www.fischer-hockey.com

Fischer Sports is an Austrian company that produces Nordic skiing, Alpine skiing and hockey equipment. It is one of the largest manufacturers of equipment in the world cup for both Nordic and Alpine skiing disciplines and manufactures a wide range of skis and ski equipment targeted against both professionals and amateurs. Fischer has achieved innovative success in both Alpine and Nordic in the last three World Championships as well as at the Olympic Games.

Affiliated companies[edit]

Fischer Sports has several affiliates:[1]

  • Fischer Deutschland GmbH (Germany)
  • OOO Fischer (Russia)
  • Fischer Mukatschewo (Ukraine)
  • Fischer Skis US, LLC (USA)
  • Fischer Footwear SRL, Montebelluna (Italy)
  • Fischer France SARL (France)

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The company was founded in 1924 by Josef Fischer, Sr., a cartwright, in Ried im Innkreis, northeast of Salzburg, Austria. In addition to making wagons, he made an occasional pair of skis. By 1938,[2] the company had significantly expanded its ski manufacturing, with 30 employees, and was selling 2,000 pairs of handmade skis in the United States alone. Following the conclusion of World War II, Josef Fischer, Jr. became involved in the reconstruction of the company.

Emergence into a new era[edit]

In 1949, Fischer developed the first ski press to speed up production, which was still by hand. By 1958,[2] the company employed 137 craftsmen, and was manufacturing 53,000 pairs of skis annually. In that year, Fischer adopted its three-triangle logo. In 1964, the company completed a new factory on the outskirts of town, featuring a state-of-the-art computerized sawmill. Fischer also introduces metal skis for the first time, on which Egon Zimmerman won the downhill at the 1964 Winter Olympics. By 1967, the company had 775 employees, and produced 330,000 pairs of skis. The company has devoted considerable research efforts over the years to develop skis for racing, including alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and skis for attempting the world speed record.[3]

Fischer Sports Factory – Ried im Innkreis (Austria) – 2017

On the fast track

In the early 70s, Fischer became the biggest ski manufacturer in the world.[2] The Europa 77, with its fibre-glass technology, was revolutionary. This was the foundation to capture the Scandinavian market. Franz Klammer won the Olympics in 1976 on Fischer C4 skis. In 1988, Fischer opened the factory in Mukatschewo (Ukraine).

Family ties[edit]

2002 was the year of the buy-back. Since then, Fischer has been 100% family-owned. In 2011, Fischer was able to present a world first: the VACUUM FIT.[4] With this technology, it became possible to fully adapt the ski boots, making them more comfortable to wear. Since the foundation of the company, the focus has been on new technologies and innovation. The concentration on core competencies and the development as a family enterprise is at the forefront of Fischer’s approach.[2] In 2013, the headquarters was renovated.

"We are the only family-owned company in the business and I am delighted that this has been the case for so many years (…)."

— Josef Fischer, 2014 [2]

Rottefella–Fischer partnership[edit]

Beginning 2007–2008, Fischer partnered with Nordic Binding producer Rottefella. Rottefella bindings will be the official bindings of Fischer Skis boots. Fischer boots used the Salomon Nordic System (SNS) up until the 2007–2008 season. Rottefella is the manufacturer of NNN (New Nordic Norm) bindings. These two binding systems are not compatible, and, beginning in 2007, Fischer boots will be using the NNN system to be compatible with Rottefella bindings.[needs update]

In professional sports[edit]

At the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi 39 gold, 36 silver and 35 bronze medals were awarded to Fischer athletes: A total of 108 medals, which were won mainly in the Nordic disciplines.[2] This surpassed the result at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver 2010 (74 medals . The Norwegian athlete Marit Bjørgen, who is equipped by Fischer, has become the best Olympic cross country skier of all time. In Sochi she won three gold medals.[5] US-American Joss Christensen is the first Olympic champion in the Alpine discipline of Freeski Slopestyle.[6] At the Alpine, Nordic and Biathlon World Championships 2017 in St. Moritz (SUI), Lahti (FIN) and Hochfilzen (AUT) the Fischer Race Family took 45 gold-, 43 silver- and 38 bronze medals – a total of 126 medals.

In Alpine skiing[edit]

Active[edit]

Athlete Sport
Eva-Maria Brem Austria alpine skiing
Adrien Coirier France freeskiing
Thomas Fanara France alpine skiing
Vincent Kriechmayr Austria alpine skiing
Max Kroneck Germany freeskiing
Sandra Lahnsteiner Austria freeskiing
Roland Leitinger Austria alpine skiing
Manfred Mölgg Italy alpine skiing
Evelina Nilsson Sweden freeskiing
Steven Nyman United States alpine skiing
Conor Pelton United States freeskiing
Dave Ryding United Kingdom alpine skiing
Nicole Schmidhofer Austria alpine skiing
Philipp Schörghofer Austria alpine skiing
Kyle Smaine United States freeskiing

Retired[edit]

Athlete Sport
Kristian Ghedina Italy alpine skiing
Nicole Hosp Austria alpine skiing
Denise Karbon Italy alpine skiing
Franz Klammer Austria alpine skiing
Hans Knauß Austria alpine skiing
Tanja Poutiainen Finland alpine skiing
Michael von Grünigen Switzerland alpine skiing
Harti Weirather Austria alpine skiing
Egon Zimmermann Austria alpine skiing

In Nordic skiing[edit]

Active[edit]

Athlete Sport
Kamil Stoch Poland ski jumping
Justyna Kowalczyk Poland cross country
Petter Northug Norway cross country
Marit Bjørgen Norway cross country
Maiken Caspersen Falla Norway cross country
Dario Cologna Switzerland cross country
Laura Dahlmeier Germany biathlon
Eric Frenzel Germany nordic combined
Johannes Høsflot Klæbo Norway cross country
Martin Johnsrud Sundby Norway cross country
Gabriela Koukalová Czech Republic biathlon
Stefan Kraft Austria ski jumping
Sergey Ustiugov Russia cross country

Retired:

Athlete Sport
Tora Berger Norway biathlon
Sven Fischer Germany biathlon
Magdalena Forsberg Sweden cross country / biathlon
Andreas Goldberger Austria ski jumping
Adam Małysz Poland ski jumping
Magdalena Neuner Germany biathlon
Bente Skari Norway cross country
Yelena Välbe Russia cross country
Thomas Wassberg Sweden cross country

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home - Fischer Sports". FischerSports.com. Retrieved 24 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f 90 Years Fischer History
  3. ^ "The Fischer Story", Skiing (November 1985) p. 142
  4. ^ ISPO European Ski Award 2011
  5. ^ "Athletes - Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes". Olympic.org. 14 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "Sochi 2014 Ski Slopestyle men - Olympic Freestyle Skiing". Olympic.org. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018. 

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