Fischer (company)

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Fischer Sports GmbH
Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung Edit this on Wikidata
IndustrySporting goods
Founded1924
HeadquartersRied im Innkreis, Austria
Key people
Mag. Franz Föttinger, CEO
Mag. Christian Egger, CFO
ProductsAlpine skis, Alpine bindings, Alpine boots, Alpine poles, Nordic skis, Nordic bindings, Nordic boots, Nordic poles, jumping skis, accessories and hockey
Revenue(2014l15) 159.8 million EUR
(2015l16) 145.0 million EUR
(2016l17) 138.8 million EUR
(2017l18) 164.4 million EUR
(2018l19) 182.5 million EUR
Number of employees
Approx. 480 in Ried, Austria
Approx. 1.320 at other locations
Websitewww.fischersports.com

Fischer Sports is an Austrian company that produces Nordic skiing, Alpine skiing and hockey equipment. It is the global leader in Nordic skiing and one of the world's leading brands in Alpine skiing, known for innovation and cutting-edge technology. Fischer is also one of the biggest manufacturers of high-quality ice hockey sticks.

Affiliated companies[edit]

Fischer Sports has several affiliates:[1]

  • Fischer Deutschland GmbH (Germany)
  • OOO Fischer (Russia)
  • Fischer Mukachevo (Ukraine)
  • Fischer Skis US, LLC (United States)
  • 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 Mukachevo, 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]

Success 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. At the 2019 World Championships in Seefeld (AUT), Östersund (SWE)and Åre (SWE) there were 129 medals - 45 gold, 40 silver and 43 bronze.

In Alpine skiing[edit]

Active[edit]

Athlete Sport
Eva-Maria Brem Austria alpine skiing
Adrien Coirier France freeskiing
Lynsey Dyer United States 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
Steven Nyman United States alpine skiing
Nicole Schmidhofer Austria alpine skiing
Max Franz 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
Maiken Caspersen Falla Norway cross country
Dario Cologna Switzerland cross country
Charlotte Kalla Sweden cross country
Eric Frenzel Germany nordic combined
Jarl Magnus Riiber Norway nordic combined
Johannes Høsflot Klæbo Norway cross country
Martin Johnsrud Sundby Norway cross country
Therese Johaug Norway cross country
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg Norway cross country
Denise Herrmann Germany biathlon
Johannes Thingnes Bø Norway biathlon
Kaisa Mäkäräinen Finland biathlon
Stefan Kraft Austria ski jumping
Sergey Ustiugov Russia cross country

Retired:

Athlete Sport
Tora Berger Norway biathlon
Laura Dahlmeier Germany 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
Anastasiya Kuzmina Slovakia biathlon
Petter Northug Norway cross country
Marit Bjørgen Norway cross country
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 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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