Reynaers Group acquires Forster Profilsysteme


Duffel (Belgium), 15 December 2017 – Reynaers Group announced the acquisition of Forster Profilsysteme from Arbonia Group today. Forster Profilsysteme is the Swiss developer and producer of high-quality steel and stainless steel profile systems for doors, windows and facades. The acquisition is the result of a strategic decision to strengthen both Reynaers and Forster, and reinforces their leading positions in the construction market for both aluminium and steel solutions. Forster Profilsysteme and Reynaers Aluminium will continue to operate independently - supplying products and services within their individual markets - as two separate companies under the Reynaers Group umbrella.


Established in 1874, Forster Profilsysteme specialises in the development, production and marketing of high-quality steel and stainless steel profile systems for doors, windows and facades. The Forster brand is internationally recognised for its high-performance and qualitative security and fire protection solutions. Profiles are shipped from the 14,000 m² production site in Arbon, Switzerland, to customers all around the world. The Forster Group employs a total of 210 people across its Swiss headquarters and regional offices in 11 countries.

Growth Strategy

As global energy and security needs have increased significantly over the years, customer demand for architectural systems that combine aesthetics, energy efficiency and safety continues to grow globally. The acquisition of Forster by Reynaers Group aims to create a profitable partnership that will allow Forster to seize new opportunities in the marketplace and continue its growth.

“Forster’s leadership position in the development and production of high-quality steel and stainless steel profile systems is complemented perfectly by Reynaers’ leadership role in aluminium solutions,” said Martine Reynaers, CEO of Reynaers Group. “With the addition of Forster to our portfolio, we will be able to meet all current and future demands for high-end steel and aluminium solutions with a focus on safety and design. I am confident that our combined forces will strengthen our mutual aim for sustainable growth. Our respective employees, customers and partners, such as architects and planners, all stand to benefit.”

Together for Better

True to its motto Together for Better, Reynaers Group is looking forward to collaborating with fabricators, architects and other stakeholders in realising architectural projects that include high-end aluminium, steel and glass solutions.

Both Reynaers and Forster are keen to stress that the acquisition will focus on strengthening both companies. The companies will continue to focus on serving their individual partners, yet working closely to maximise cross-pollination in R&D and ICT, allowing for a faster learning curve.   

“Reynaers and Forster share a commitment to continuous product innovation, design, and superior customer service. This common heritage in our cultures, performance expectations and focus on quality will remain the main drive in creating solutions tailored specifically for and with our partners,” said Martine Reynaers.

About Reynaers Aluminium

Reynaers Aluminium is a leading European provider of innovative and sustainable architectural aluminium solutions. These include a wide variety of window and door systems, curtain walling, sliding systems and conservatories.
Established in 1965 and with its headquarters in Duffel, Belgium, the Reynaers Group is a global, family-owned company, employing about 2000 employees and is active in more than 70 countries worldwide. Driven by innovation and entrepreneurship, the Reynaers Group has spun out activities as a supplier of aluminium system solutions, surface treatments of profiles and accessories, products for roofs and facades and ready-to-install elements for the building industry. 

About Forster Profilesysteme

Forster Profilsysteme is a specialist in the development, production and marketing of high-quality steel and stainless steel profile systems for doors, windows and facades.  Founded in 1874, the Forster brand has built up an outstanding recognition internationally for its high-performance and high-quality solutions that combine security, fire protection and an excellent thermal isolation.  The Forster Group employs a total of 210 people at its Swiss headquarters and across regional offices in 11 countries.

About Arbonia

Arbonia is a focussed building supplier that is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has its head office in Arbon, in the canton of Thurgau, Switzerland. The group is active worldwide with distribution companies as well as offices and partners in more than 70 countries. Its main production sites are located in Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Italy. Arbonia employs a total workforce of more than 8,000.
The companies that make up Arbonia are active in the following sectors: heating technology, air-conditioning/ventilation technology, sanitary equipment, windows, exterior doors, and interior doors.

Press contacts

Michel van Put                                                          
CMO Reynaers Group
T +32 15 30 86 64

Els Fonteyne                                                            
Group Communication Manager
T +32 15 30 86 74

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