Think global – act local
Walter Förster GmbH and its dedicated team of 80 employees provide services for customers from a wide range of industries. As experts in producing deep drawn and stamped products, we are a dependable supplier to firms from the medical, measurement and control, energy, and aviation sectors.
We deliver across the world from our headquarters in Geesthacht located at the heart of Europe and near the Hanseatic city of Hamburg. Our company history reveals that our success comes from the tenacity and determination of the Förster family to focus on optimising their production processes.
Milestones 1886 – 2016
Inauguration of a new warehouse and production hall
Initial certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 and DIN EN ISO 14001:2015
First Innovation Award 2015 - Endress + Hauser Flowtec AG
Change in Management from Thorsten Körner to Volker Rohrbeck
Procurement of a neighbouring area of land
Construction of a production and storage unit (approx. 2,000 m²)
Commissioning of a 4000-bar hydroform press
Purchase of the first spinning lathe and a new ultrasonic degreasing plant
Initial certification according to ISO 14001
Purchase of an adjacent site at Düneberger Straße 107
Continual expansion of the plant area to a total of 8,500 m²
Receipt of the first Supplier of the Year award from Siemens Berlin
Purchase of a 400 t deep-drawing press with a hydromechanical forming unit
Walter Förster dies at the age of 91 years
Alfred Unruh dies at the age of 87 years
Establishment of own turning shop
Transfer of the majority of the shares into a family foundation
Received Supplier of the Year award from ABB for the first time. Eight further such awards were received in the following years.
Initial certification according to DIN EN ISO 9002
Change of management to Thorsten Körner and Gunnar Bakowski
One hundredth anniversary
Company name changed to Walter Förster GmbH.
Managing Directors Walter Förster and Alfred Unruh
Construction of a new connected production hall
Mr. Walter Förster Jr. and Mr. Alfred Unruh are joint shareholders
Foundation stone laid for first production hall with office building. Total plant area approx. 1,500 m²
Slow retreat from the manufacture of own products and restructuring as a pure supplier for the entire industry
Relocated to the site of the former Dynamitfabrik Alfred Nobel in Geesthacht.
Start of production using eccentric and deep-drawing presses with 6 t to max. 35 t in a former powder magazine
Relocated to the Bahrenfeld district of Hamburg, after the company’s premises in the city centre were destroyed by bombing
Registration of various patents and German utility models for inspection marks and seals.
Production of own fabric-covered and upholstered buttons
Established by Marianne Förster as a retail business for tailoring supplies in Altona