History

The foundry was established in 1925 as an "experimental laboratory" for the die casting department of Bühler AG in Uzwil. In 1950, it was moved to its current location in St. Gallen-Winkeln. In 1999, the company was taken over by the Von Roll Group and later on in 2003 acquired by the management and renowned entrepreneurs in the Eastern Switzerland region. Since then, we are known under the name of DGS Druckguss Systeme AG.

History chronological


2017 I Planning of plant expansion in Liberec
Start of plant expansion in Liberec with SOP 2019
DGS significantly expands the production site in Liberec and also enlarges the degree of added-value in the process chain.

2015 I Expansion of site in Liberec for structural casting production
Implementation of production lines for body parts
In 2015, DGS in Liberec was extended by an additional hall for structural casting including post-processes. That was the beginning of a comprehensive technology transfer from Switzerland to the Czech Republic.

2013 I Construction of new "Greenfield location" Nansha, China with structural casting production
DGS is expanding its production capacities in China with a new foundry and additional die casting machines, including various value-added process steps.
The Nansha plant was inaugurated on 22 November 2013 in an official ceremony with representatives of the automotive industry, partner companies, suppliers and local authorities.

2012 I Change of leadership
Handover to new CEO

After 25 years as CEO of DGS Druckgusssysteme AG, Alfred Lichtensteiger hands over the operational management to the German national Andreas Müller.


2007 I Establishment of site in China, Nansha
Entry into the Chinese market
With the establishment of the site in Nansha, Guangzhou, South China, DGS emphasizes its strong commitment to the joint globalization steps with its key customers for the Asian market.

2005 I Expansion in St. Gallen with new "Hall East" for large die casting cells / entry into structural casting
In 2005, the new "Hall East" was acquired and expanded to a foundry for large die casting cells
With the joint strengthener application for Audi, DGS entered structural die casting business with the relevant secondary processes.

2003 I Becoming independent by the management and regional entrepreneurs / development of handbrake systems for VW
In the phase of restructuring the Von Roll Group has sold the two plants DGS Switzerland and DGS Czech Republic in 2003
These were taken over by two leading industrial holdings which merged the two plants to the newly formed DGS Druckguss Systeme AG. In the same year, the magnesium handbrake system for VW (platform PQ35) was developed and successfully launched in the market.

2000 I Disposal of injection molding
The composite business was sold to the company BIRO Edwin Bischof AG
In connection with the sale, the existing customer portfolio and injection molding machinery were moved to Romanshorn.

1999 I Takeover by Von Roll Group / acquisition of the business in Liberec
In 1999, the Swiss industrial group Von Roll took over the die casting and injection molding business from Bühler Druckguss AG in St. Gallen, which was established in the 1950s and became the new company Von Roll Druckguss AG.
In 2000, Von Roll acquired the plant in Liberec in the Czech Republic, from Frantisek Svobodnik - Alupress, which was founded in 1991. The operations were fully integrated into the newly established Von Roll Alupress s.r.o.

1996 I First large-scale order in the automotive industry
The path towards globalization and becoming an automotive supplier
Production of VW gearshift housings as the first large series product for the automotive industry.

1995 I Entry into magnesium
One step ahead...
In order to cope with prospective weight reduction demands by customers, Bühler Druckguss AG initiates first attempts to cast magnesium alloys for the bearing bracket used in power tool applications of Scintilla / Bosch.

1985 I Mr. Alfred A. Lichtensteiger takes over the leadership from Mr. Oskar Ronner
Change of leadership
Mr. Alfred A. Lichtensteiger takes over the operational leadership of the company and starts with the build-up of a quality management system according to the standard SN 029100B as the first foundry in Switzerland. Numerous new customers in neighbouring Europe could be acquired and the business continued to expand.

1973 I First steps towards automation
1973 marked the beginning of major efforts to automate various process steps
In 1975, short-time work was introduced and staff numbers were reduced from 340 to 220 employees in St. Gallen. In the same year, Gebr. Bühler AG won Knorr Bremse KG as the first foreign customer.

1965 I Major expansion with new office building, toolshop and warehouse
Major expansion with new office building, toolshop and warehouse
Main business with die casting parts was for BERNINA sewing machines. Further connecting manufacturing facilities were located in Urnäsch, Mogelsberg, Nesslau and Neu St. Johann facilitating the main production in St. Gallen.

1959 I Further expansion including the set-up of a plastic injection molding facility
Expansion of production
Further expansion up to 1959 including the construction of a plastic injection molding plant with 8 Bühler injection molding machines.

1950 I Establishment of foundry by Gebr. Bühler AG Uzwil in St. Gallen-Winkeln
The company was acquired by Gebr. Bühler AG Uzwil from Scandola AG and extented to a foundry. In 1992, the company was renamed Bühler Druckguss AG with first contacts established to Alupress in the Czech Republic.
Scandola AG manufactured machines for the production of preserving jars. Apart from high-pressure die castings, Gebr. Bühler AG, Druckguss and Spritzgusswerk AG also manufactured the "Kobold" vacuum cleaner.

1932 I 
Entry into the production of zinc castings
Enhancement of the product portfolio
With the letter opener for the company Hasler the first steps in the processing of zinc alloys took place.

1925 I The beginning as "experimental laboratory"
The foundry was established in 1925 as an "experimental laboratory" of the die casting department of Bühler AG in Uzwil
The company emerged from Bühler AG in Uzwil which was founded in 1860. In the 1920s, they began to use die casting technology for the production of aluminum parts for the construction of their own mill processing equipment. Since the die casting machines purchased in the USA did not meet Bühler's requirements, the company began to develop and build its own die casting machines. The first metal die casting machine was put into operation in 1927.