Fischer Werkzeugbau, like many East German companies, looks back on an eventful German-German history. In GDR times, there was already a metalworking company situated where Fischer is now located, which manufactured woodworking tools, technical knives and saw chains for chainsaws. After the reunification, this company as a whole was not able to compete with similar companies from West Germany. For this reason, founder Hartmut Fischer decided to complete a management buyout: He transferred the toolmaking operations of the state-owned company to his private ownership. By doing this, Fischer saw potential for the continued existence of the department. "Our good fortune at the time was that we had a brand-new wire EDM machine from the Swiss company Agie, now GF Machining Solutions. People in the West were quite surprised that we had such a high-quality machine. That's how I was able to find customers in the West. From then on we grew, got more and more customers and took on more complex tasks. Even today, our wire-cutting and die-sinking EDM machines are still from GF because of their precision and reliability".
Today Fischer Werkzeugbau has over 80 employees and manufactures injection molding tools and punching tools. Customers who come to Fischer with the CAD data of a component receive an offer after only a few days and the tool itself can be ready around 8-10 weeks later.
"With internal design, production and testing facilities, we are vertically fully integrated—and that is something very special," explains Silvia Fischer, Managing Director at Fischer GmbH. "Our process is mapped in Siemens NX from design to CAM programming, which is very efficient: We design, manufacture and test the tool within a few weeks. We are very well equipped in all these areas, for example with eight own designers and our own 4000kN PME production press".