Our heritage

From connectors to connectivity

Fischer Connectors began with an ambitious idea.

What started with our founder Walter Werner Fischer asking “What if?” became the world’s first high-quality sealed circular connector. Since then, our people have kept alive the founding spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship and excellence at the service of customers around the world. Over the past six decades, we’ve evolved from a provider of connectors to a global technology group and partner in connectivity. As we look ahead, we will continue to evolve alongside our customers. But while our customers drive us, our history guides us. We draw inspiration from both our pioneering roots and our customers’ needs to co-create solutions that will shape the future.

The ’50s Entrepreneurial roots

1954

Foundation of the company W. W. Fischer in Morges (Vaud, Switzerland) by Walter Werner Fischer, an expert in vacuum technology

1954

Development of the first high-quality sealed connector, designed for use in industrial applications

The ’60s Early successes

1962

Registration of the international patent for the push-pull locking system

1964

Development of the world’s first hermetic connector with the Fischer Core Series Brass

The ‘70s Innovation at the heart of growth

1970

Launch of ultra-resistant and sterilizable connectors with the Fischer Core Series Stainless Steel

1975

Moving to a new manufacturing facility in Apples (Vaud, Switzerland) to meet growing customer demand

The ’80s Modern industrial processes

1988

Start of international commercial activities with the establishment of the first subsidiary in the United Kingdom

The ’90s The era of global connectivity

1990-1998

Further international expansion of the group with the opening of subsidiaries in Europe (Germany in 1990, Italy in 1995, France in 1998) and the USA (1991)

1995

Launch of easy-to-use and durable plastic connectors with the Fischer Core Series Plastic

1996

Appointment of Peter Fischer, the founder’s son, to CEO, following his many-year managerial responsibility for the company’s commercial and industrial development

1998

Start of the globalized provision of high-performance cable assembly solutions to serve local demand through various production sites around the world

The 2000s New geographical and technological horizons

2000

Opening of a subsidiary in Hong Kong to meet global demand from the Asian market

2003

Rebranding with the new company name ‘Fischer Connectors’

2006

Launch of single-use plugs with the Fischer Core Series Disposable

2008

Launch of ultralight connectors in aluminum with the Fischer Core Series AluLite™

2008

Moving to the current global headquarters in Saint-Prex (Vaud, Switzerland) in an ultra-modern manufacturing facility

The 2010s Market-oriented innovation

2010-2012

Further technological innovations with the launches of new product lines based on the company’s key expertise in ultra-ruggedness (Fischer UltiMate™ Series in 2010), data transmission (Fischer Core Series Broadcast in 2010, Fischer FiberOptic Series in 2012) and miniaturization (Fischer MiniMax™ Series in 2012)

2011

Expansion of the product portfolio with the Fischer Rugged Flash Drive for safe data storage in harsh environments

2012-2017

Opening of subsidiaries in India (2012) and Japan (2017) supporting the Asian market’s expansion

2016

Appointment of Jonathan Brossard, third-generation member of the founding Fischer family, to Fischer Connectors Group CEO

2019

Development of the plug & play connectivity technology with the launch of the low-profile Fischer Freedom™ Series, 360° easy-to-mate connectors and electronic devices (LEDs, USB 2.0 adapters and rugged flash drives) – winning multiple innovation awards

The 2020s What’s next in connectivity

2020

Development of Wearin’s connected and wearable solution for real-time situational awareness

2021

Standard-setting optimization of the ultra-rugged Fischer UltiMate™ Series to meet Nett Warrior standards with the NATO STANAG 4695 compatible Fischer UltiMate™ 80

2021

Construction of a new production facility in Portugal to sustain the group’s growth with increased competitivity, responsiveness and capacity on a global scale

2021-2022

Unveiling of Wearin’s App and AI-driven Dashboard with bidirectional data flows for the development of modular and interconnected wearable ecosystems with cloud-based human digital twin platforms, environmental, gas and biometric sensors, and live-streaming cameras

2021-2022

Development of new electronic solutions for data and power management such as IP switches, visible low-light cameras, tailored flex circuits, rapid deploy camera pole systems and tactical hubs