From a small backyard workshop to an international industrial enterprise: Rychiger has been writing a unique success story for over 100 years.
Pioneering spirit, visionary thinking, versatility and cosmopolitan action characterize the history and success of Rychiger. Three generations have made the company what it is today - a company with internationally leading technological know-how and Swiss quality standards.
With hard work to success
When Rudolf Rychiger founded the small workshop for car and bicycle repairs in the backyard of his home in 1918, he probably had no idea that he was laying the foundation for a successful global company. At the time, he didn't even have electricity, but Rudolf Rychiger demonstrated a pioneering spirit - and his company developed into a partner for regional industry.
Downturns and a drop in orders during the Second World War hit Rudolf Rychiger hard, but he continued to work on the success of his company. Always at his side: his son Hans. Under Hans' leadership, the company successfully entered the packaging machinery business in the 1950s. His visionary ideas, his cosmopolitanism and his commitments outside the company had a lasting impact on Rychiger's success and public image. With the first filling and sealing machines for aluminium portion packs for jam and soup concentrate, the company set a further milestone - Rychiger's success was unstoppable.
From a sole proprietorship to a public limited company
With Peter Rychiger, the third generation finally took over the management of the company in 1977. The Rychiger sole proprietorship became a family shareholding company. Nothing now stood in the way of international success. Shortly afterwards, the company became involved in the development of the world-famous Nespresso capsules. Rychiger thus played a key role in the success story of capsule coffee.
The company in new hands
In 2001 the company was taken over by Spega SA, Fribourg and Axel Förster was successfully appointed as Managing Director. He followed the visionary entrepreneurial spirit of his predecessors and continued the internationalization of the company. At the same time, the healthcare sector was established as a new line of business. Together with its subsidiaries Zellwag Pharmtech AG, Formeleon S.p.z.o. and Nuspark Inc., Rychiger today offers a comprehensive range of machines, services and support in the packaging sector based on decades of experience and the latest technologies.
100 years of Rychiger
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