Laying the foundations in Schaffhausen
On 3 June 1802, the 29-year old Johann Conrad Fischer (1773 - 1854) bought a water-driven mill in the Mühlental valley near Schaffhausen (Switzerland). He used the mill as a copper smelting plant and works for developing new alloys.
Start of production of malleable cast iron fittings
Georg Fischer II (1834 - 1887), son of Georg Fischer I and grandson of Johann Conrad Fischer, acquired Conrad Fischer, the Schaffhausen works. In 1864, he was the first in Europe to begin the commercial manufacture of malleable cast iron fittings (cast pipe connectors).
The first fittings brochure, containing 91 different items for the gas lighting sector, was published in this year.
Plant opened in Singen
Georg Fischer III (1864 – 1925) started up a fittings factory in the German town of Singen in 1895. The factory was operated as a branch of the main works in nearby Schaffhausen. At the same time, the first company-owned residential colony (or quarter) was built in Singen.