About Us

Tradition
Founded as a rope-making factory in 1836 in the Swiss town of Romanshorn, FATZER has been producing top-quality ropes for generations. In the early stages, hemp ropes were manufactured for agriculture, fishing and shipping, with steel wire rope production being added around 1900. Nowadays, FATZER specializes in the development, manufacture and global distribution of high-quality steel wire ropes for transport cableways, cable structures and specialised areas of mining . With a long history of meeting specific market needs, FATZER is recognized as a leading rope manufacturer.

Today
As part of the BRUGG Group, FATZER is still privately owned preserving the legacy of the first owner. It has developed into a strong and healthy „Mittelstand“ company with a global presence and an international workforce. In 2012, FATZER moved into a brand new, purpose-built production facility, utilising state of the art equipment. The 1´660 solar-panels on the roof of the building, with a capacity of more than 374´000 kWh a year, supply enough electricity for 80 households and reduced our CO2 emission by 205 tons a year.

Rope Test Cableway for long term tests of 6- and 8-strand ropes

Company History

1836

1836

Joachim Fatzer (1819-1885) founded FATZER in the age of 17. The ropes for agricultural as well as housekeeping quickly gained great popularity.

1850

1850

With the first Swiss steamboat, a new era began for Fatzer: the first heavy-load ropes went into production. Soon, the quality of these ropes had everyone talking.

1914

1914

The first stranding machine with a production capacity of 15 tons was put into operation followed shortly afterward by a tubular stranding machine and a 24-reel strand forming machine.

1952

1952

Production capacity was expanded and the first full locked coil track rope was manufactured.

1986

1986

With a diameter of 115 mm, the thickest cable to date was produced by Fatzer.

1992

1992

The FATZER Inc. Wire Ropes company was incorporated into the BRUGG Group.

2016

2016

Inauguration of the new production plant in Romanshorn with state-of-the-art stranding machinery and a production capacity of 15’000 tons per year.

2018

2018

All world record ropeways are running on FATZER-ropes – swiss quality worldwide!

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