Sustainably successful since 1834
Sulzer is a global industry leader with reliable and sustainable solutions for the oil and gas, power, water, and the general industry markets. From its beginnings in Winterthur, Switzerland, back in 1834, Sulzer has developed to become a reliable, fast, and trusted partner for its customers.
Sulzer acquires French pump manufacturer Ensival Moret that produces pumps for a broad range of industrial applications such as fertilizers, sugar, mining, and chemicals. The acquisition closes specific product gaps in its general industry pumps portfolio – such as axial flow pumps.
Sulzer creates a fourth division called Applicator Systems that serves the industrial adhesives, dental, healthcare, and beauty markets.
Through the acquisition of Geka, Sulzer doubles the size of its high-precision plastic injection molding business. The Sulzer Mixpac Systems business unit in the Chemtech division gains critical industrial mass and segment and geographical diversification, enabling the combined business to compete globally as a leading solution provider.
Sulzer acquires PC Cox, a leading manufacturer of quality manual, pneumatic, and cordless one- and two-component dispensers for industrial and construction applications. Through this acquisition, Sulzer strengthens the Sulzer Mixpac business unit of the Chemtech division — and becomes a leading manufacturer of dispensers for industrial applications.
With the acquisition of InterWeld Inc Ltd., the Chemtech division enhances the competitiveness of its tower field service activities.
Sulzer published its company history in the form of a book: “Sulzer Through the Ages” (Original title in German: Sulzer im Wandel, ISBN: 978-3-03919-319-6).
Sulzer is now active with three divisions: Pumps Equipment (pump technology and solutions), Rotating Equipment Services (service solutions for rotating equipment), and Chemtech (separation, mixing, and service solutions).
Rotating Equipment Services extends its service network with the acquisition of Grayson Armature, one of the largest independent electromechanical service providers in Houston. Moreover, Sulzer signed two agreements to form a joint venture; one in China for the service of gas turbines, and one in the Middle East for the service of all rotating equipment for oil and gas and power customers.
Chemtech strengthens its position as a technology leader in plastics manufacturing with the acquisition of aixfotec. Furthermore, the acquisition of ASCOM and ProLabNL expand the offering of the division for gas-liquid and liquid-liquid separation technologies.
Sulzer acquires the majority of Saudi Pump Factory and establishes a local production joint venture Sulzer Saudi Pump Company (“SSPC”).
Sulzer completed the sale of its Metco division to Oerlikon. The division, which was mainly active in parts of the automotive, aviation, and general industries, was divested in line with Sulzer’s strategy to focus on the three key markets oil and gas, power, and water.
Sulzer focuses its activities in the three key markets oil and gas, power, and water. The key markets strategy is supported by changes in the operational structure. Sulzer Turbo Services and the service activities of Sulzer Pumps are combined in one new division for all rotating equipment services.
With the acquisition of Tartek Oy, a specialist in manufacturing mechanical seals, Sulzer Pumps further expands its technology portfolio. Furthermore, Sulzer opens new service centers in Brazil and China.
Sulzer Metco extends its portfolio by launching a new plasma spray gun with cascading arc technology, a new diamond-like carbon coating and the new MetcoClad laser cladding systems.
Sulzer further extends its global network by opening a new pumps production plant in China, and new service centers in Sweden and Russia.
Sulzer relocates its head office in Winterthur, Switzerland, to the Wintower. The Wintower (with a size of 99.7 m) was built from 1962 to 1966 and was Sulzer's headquarters until 1999.
Acquisition of pump company Hidrotecar S.A. in Burgos, Spain. With this acquisition, Sulzer Pumps adds complimentary products to its products range and reinforces its presence in the attractive water markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Sulzer expands its global service network by opening new state-of-the-art service centers in Russia and in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
Acquisition of Cardo’s Flow Business, a full-line supplier of pumps and related equipment: with this acquisition Sulzer enters the attractive water and wastewater market.
Acquisition of C.L. Engenharia in Brazil, a specialist in tower field service: with this acquisition, Sulzer enhances the competitiveness of its tower field service activities in Brazil and further expands its presence in the emerging markets.
Acquisition of Dowding & Mills, a leading service provider for generators and motors: integrated in Sulzer Turbo Services, this acquisition creates a leading independent provider of maintenance and repair services for turbomachinery, generators, and motors with a broad geographical presence.
Sulzer Metco complements its portfolio for thin-film coatings with the acquisition of Bekaert’s diamond-like carbon coatings.
Sulzer expands its presence in the emerging markets with the opening of a new, state-of-the-art production facility in China.
Sulzer celebrates its 175th anniversary with the motto "Experience Sulzer". The sites around the world organize events for employees, customers and other interested parties, emphasizing today’s products, services and solutions.
Definition of the three values of Sulzer: Customer Partnership, Operational Excellence, and Committed People. They are the principles and standards upon which Sulzer builds its future.
Sulzer Chemtech acquires several tower field service companies in Australia, Thailand, India, and Germany.
The Sustainability Summary 2008 is audited externally and receives the highest Global Reporting Initiative G3 application level A+.
Sulzer Turbo Services expands its business in South America with the acquisition of the turbomachinery service-provider Capime.
Sulzer Chemtech acquires the separation business of KnitMesh Ltd.
Sulzer initiates a health and safety awareness program to ensure adequate safety behavior on all levels. The corporation has set the long-term goal of reducing the number of occupational accidents and illnesses to zero.
Sulzer Pumps divests its Paco pumping activities to Grundfos.
The corporation acquires Mixpac, Werfo, and Mold. The companies are integrated into the new business unit Sulzer Mixpac Systems in 2007.
Sulzer Chemtech acquires Cana-Tex in Houston, Texas, USA and thus becomes a leading field-service supplier for separation columns.
Shortly before year-end, the Hexis fuel-cell activities are sold to a Swiss foundation.
Sulzer publishes its first biannual “Sustainability Summary”, which is well received among experts.
In the course of the year, Sulzer strengthens the market positions of its divisions: Sulzer Metco acquires the Ambeon division of Westaim in Canada as well as OSU Machine Construction in Germany. Sulzer Pumps takes over the Johnston, Crown, and Paco pump activities from Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC), located in Houston, Texas, USA, and in Wuxi, China.
With the sale of Sulzer Burckhardt to its management, the divestiture program that was started in 2000 is closed. Sulzer now comprises four divisions: Sulzer Pumps, Sulzer Metco, Sulzer Chemtech, and Sulzer Turbo Services.
Incentive Capital initiates a hostile takeover bid for Sulzer. In response, Sulzer advises shareholders to reject this offer and launches a defensive campaign. At the 87th Annual General Meeting, all board proposals are approved, including the Sulzer Medica spin-off, while Incentive’s proposals are clearly rejected. As a result, Incentive cancels its bid.
The Sulzer Medica spin-off is finalized on July 10, 2001.
Sulzer Textile is sold to the Promatech Group, Italy.
Sulzer Pumps takes over Ahlstrom Pumps (Finland).
In September, plans are made public that Sulzer wants to divest several divisions, and to reintegrate Sulzer Medica. However, the reintegration plan is cancelled a few weeks later; the industrial and the medical technology parts are to develop more independently.
In December, Sulzer Turbo is sold to the MAN group.