ISSUE 1·2021
THE GLOBAL MAGAZINE FOR GF EMPLOYEES

Dear colleagues,

I am looking at 2021 as a new beginning. We will start our new Strategy cycle 2025 at GF in March. And we also want to take Globe to the next level this year. What topics are you interested in, and what do you think Globe should be like in the future? Please tell us in our reader survey. I am looking forward to your feedback!

“A healthy 2021, free of coronavirus” – this is a wish that many of you expressed in 3 × 3. To make that happen, we still need social distancing and digital communication. If you miss personal contact as much as I do, have a look through the current issue of Globe. It will introduce you to many new colleagues. They are closer than you think – in fact, they’re just a few clicks away.

Lena Koehnen
Globe Project Manager

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One Day With

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Developing Solutions Through Dialogue

Stefanie Kölbl is Head of HR Management at GF Casting Solutions in Herzogenburg (Austria), where she is responsible for 572 employees. We tagged along with her for a day.

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Globe Reader Survey 2021

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Globe Reader Survey 2021

Your opinion counts: Tell us what would be your vision for Globe in the future. There’s even a great prize to win.

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HELLO!

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HELLO!

Do you still remember what you were doing on 13 November 2020 at 11:45 a.m.? GF colleagues shared their personal HELLO moments with us, from e-learning at home and a lunch break with the dog to a wedding at the registry office. Have fun clicking through our team’s moments!

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Heart and Soul

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Fire and Flames

Hubert Fuxjäger is a safety expert at GF Casting Solutions in Altenmarkt (Austria) and fire chief of the company fire department. Find out how he and his team prepare for emergencies and why he continues to put his heart and soul into the company fire department, even after 21 years on the job.

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Two Points of View

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What Does E-mobility Mean to You?

Anastasia Kochina from GF Piping Systems in Moscow (Russia) and Edward Schick from GF Machining Solutions in Losone (Switzerland) share their thoughts on e-mobility and their favorite uses for electric scooters.

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Take Away

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More Bang for Your Book

Reading regularly doesn’t just sharpen the intellect. Reading and reading aloud also boost social skills and offer inner peace. Here you will find some motivating facts to take away and share with others.

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My Home

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The Perfect Mix

Deepak MP lives in Bengaluru, India’s third-largest city. He tells us about his home, which is also known as India’s Silicon Valley. Curious about Bengaluru? Discover some exciting tips in this article.

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Our Markets

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Rapid Remote Troubleshooting

Using Symmedia SP/1 software, the causes of machine faults can be analyzed and remedied remotely. This saves users time and money. Together with GF Machining Solutions, Symmedia wants to conquer new markets.

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3x3

What’s your wish for 2021? The Globe editorial team received numerous responses to this and two other questions from GF colleagues around the world. You can read a selection of the answers here. Thank you for participating!

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Hai Hoang

Sales Machining Manager at GF Machining Solutions, Hanoi (Vietnam)

1. For me, innovation means…
To have a creative idea for a new device or method.

2. My wish for 2021:
That the COVID-19 pandemic disappears and I can go abroad again.

3. Today, this made me happy:
I have acquired a new potential customer.

 
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Deepak Rogye

Commercial Assistant at GF Piping Systems, Mumbai (India)

1. For me, innovation means…
To find new and better ways of optimizing outcomes. Innovations always create bigger opportunities.

2. My wish for 2021:
A mask free (COVID-19 free) world.

3. Today, this made me happy:
This morning my son gave me a self-made greeting card for Diwali (Light Festival in India). This made me happy!

 
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Marius Trasca

Sales Logistics at GF Casting Solutions, Pitesti (Romania)

1. For me, innovation means…
Making decisions on identified opportunities, investments, planning innovation projects to be launched and monitoring them.

2. My wish for 2021:
That my family, friends and everyone else get well through this pandemic. On a professional level, my wish is to do my job as good as possible and to be appreciated.

3. Today, this made me happy:
Spending time with my baby boy because he can make me forget all my worries and problems (also this pandemic).

 
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NG Kwan Chay

Application & Product Specialist at GF Machining Solutions, Singapore (Singapore)

1. For me, innovation means…
Fancy solutions.

2. My wish for 2021:
That there is no longer any COVID-19 virus in the world.

3. Today, this made me happy:
I successfully completed a difficult test cut.

 
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Mona Vogt

Junior Product Manager Utility Systems at GF Piping Systems, Schaffhausen (Switzerland)

1. For me, innovation means…
A customer-oriented and creative action, open-mindedness and teamwork. For me, innovation is closely linked to courage, passion and motivation.

2. My wish for 2021:
I am looking forward to the upcoming product launches and to being able to celebrate the success together with my team on site.

3. Today, this made me happy:
Today at our office I picked up a bag full of snacks. We will have a virtual team event this evening, which I am looking forward to.

 
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Christian Wessman

Project Manager Automation & Systems at GF Machining Solutions, Vällingby (Sweden)

1. For me, innovation means…
To never stop trying and to create new solutions to old and new problems.

2. My wish for 2021:
I think this is on all people's minds: To have a much healthier 2021 with regard to the global pandemic situation we are in right now.

3. Today, this made me happy:
I got a lot of work done and it feels great that I am still learning new things!

 
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Nicolò Finetti

Moulding Operator at GF Piping Systems, Busalla (Italy)

1. For me, innovation means…
To work smarter and not harder, continuous improvement, and staying up to date.

2. My wish for 2021:
To come back to a normal life, on a personal and on a business side. I hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will get better as soon as possible.

3. Today, this made me happy:
Despite the global economic situation, GF has managed to ensure our employment and safety at the workplace.

 
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Alice Matteoda

Head of HR at GF Casting Solutions, Novazzano (Switzerland)

1. For me, innovation means…
Passion, curiosity, experimentation and tolerance for risk and failure. There is no innovation without risk because taking new paths involves unknown and unexpected events.

2. My wish for 2021:
That we overcome the most difficult phase of this pandemic and achieve a new kind of “normality”. Let’s not forget what we learned from going through this situation: we are more adaptable than we thought!

3. Today, this made me happy:
Today “slowing down” made me happy, taking care of myself, improving my yoga practice. But also staying connected with my family, despite the distance. And dreaming of my next trip!

 

Product in figures: 4’500

4’500 historical patents – that is, patents that have already expired – are estimated to be held by the GF Corporate Archive. GF currently still holds around 1’910 valid patents (as of 2020) in some 50 different countries. These are managed by the Corporate Patent and Trademark department, which is responsible for all the patents and trademarks of GF. A patent is the officially guaranteed right to the exclusive use and commercial exploitation of an invention. GF has patents for products from all current and former business areas, such as textile machines, electrical fittings, agricultural machinery, or foundry equipment, as well as industrial property rights for vehicle parts, alloys, machine tools, and piping systems.

The first GF patent was registered in 1894 by the then company owner Georg Fischer III for his development “Innovation in Pipe Fittings.” GF’s first overseas patent followed in 1908 in the United States with the “Trap for Wastewater Pipes.” Innovations have always been part of GF’s DNA. Throughout its history, the company has recognized and helped to shape and develop the trends of the day – with the invention of malleable cast iron (1827), for example, or the production of malleable cast iron fittings (1864).

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  • Year of the first patent registered by GF: 1894
  • GF registered as a trademark: 1903
  • Valid patents held by GF (2020): approximately 1’910
  • Validity period of a patent: maximum 20 years

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