We celebrate

Since it foundation in 1974 by Horst Eckhard, Bruno Frey and Gerhard Faust, innovation and technological progress have been an integral part of the company´s philosophy. Today, FFT is one of the world´s leading companies for the realization of automated production systems. Together with more than 3,000 employees worldwide, the Fosun Group and 3 subsidiaries, we are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. Celebrate with us.

50 years
innovation

50 years innovation

We are constantly on the lookout for innovative products and technologies that improve our systems.

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50 years
progress

50 years progress

We are looking for progress in order to respond to challenges and actively shape the future.

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50 years
vision

50 years visio

Our Claim: visionary thinking in research and development and sustainable growth.

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Our History

Horst Eckhard, Bruno Frey und Gerhard Faust founded the company Faust Fertigungstechnik in Mücke in 1974. Even back then, they wanted to assert themselves and patented the first automatic systems for positioning and gluing windows to the car body. A short time later, they entered the field of flexible automotive production with the use of robot handling systems instead of shuttle systems.

As the two owners Rabofsky and Bock had no successors for their pleating machine factory, the plant in Mücke was taken over by Gerhard Faust, Horst Eckard and Bruno Frey as shareholders on January 1, 1974. Under the company name “Faust Fertigungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG”, they founded the company FFT with a focus on production technology in the automotive industry. The focus was on welding systems, mechanization systems, electronic control gauges and special machines.

Due to the increasing order situation, the decision was made in 1978 to build a new assembly hall in Mücke with an rea of 1,000 m².

In 1981, the innovation-driven engineers patented the first automatic system for positioning and affixing windscreens to the car body, thereby gaining a high reputation in the automotive industry. This development is still the basis for fully automated window installation in all vehicles today.

Just in time for the company´s 10th anniversary, the second large assembly hall with an area of 1,000 m² and a new 2,000 m² office building in Mücke were inaugurated for the constantly growing company in 1984.

In 1987, shareholder and managing director Gerhard Faust decided to sell his shares. Reinhold Schiele took his place on the management board. In the same year, the company was renamed to „FFT Flexible Fertigungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG“. Following the successful implementation of a major order from Audi, confidence in FFT grew and further major orders from well-known car manufacturers followed. In 1989, a third assembly hall with 3,000 m² and a technical office with 2,000 m² were built in Mücke.

In 1989, the first flexible production system was developed, replacing the shuttle system with new robot handling systems. This resulted in the entry into derivative-independent automobile production. With the opening of the border and the associated investments by German OEMs in the new federal states, FFT sought cooperation with Werkzeugkombinat Schmalkalden. In 1990, a branch was founded there and 65 employees were taken on.

In 1995, the branch in Schmalkalden was expanded with a 1,500 m² assembly hall. Today, over 200 employees work there and are responsible for the production and assembly of numerous components for all FFT projects in Europe.

At the turn of the year 1995/1996, Rainer Gößmann took over the management of the company and expanded his management team to include Manfred Hahl and Peter Walper. In 1997, FFT Mexico was founded in Puebla as a strategic location. It serves as a project and technology center for the Mexican market and is responsible for the implementation of complete systems.

In 1998 followed the foundation of FFT Spain in Silla, Valencia. Today, an office area of 500 m² and an assembly area of 4,000 m² are available for the approximately 50 employees. The site serves as a project and technology center for the Iberian market and has a CNC measuring center and a MAG prototype center with laboratory. The focus of the site today is on MAG welding systems and projection welding machines.

In 2000/2001, a further major step was taken with the construction of a 10,000 m² production and assembly hall in the Fulda West industrial estate, as well as an office building with 4,300 m² of office space.

In 2003, the company was renamed „FFT EDAG Produktionssysteme GmbH & Co. KG“, because in 2004 FFT was taken over 100% by EDAG AG. The headquarters moved from Mücke to the new building in Fulda-West.

FFT Romania was founded in Campulung in 2005 in order to become less dependent on suppliers and to be able to cover the increased demand for individual parts. The focus at this location is on large welded parts and the assembly of modules, which are then installed in systems worldwide.

In February 2006, the German entrepreneur Lutz Helmig and his investment company Aton acquired 100% of EDAG and thus also its subsidiary FFT.

Due to the positive focus of both companies on their core competencies, FFT became a fully-fledged subsidiary of Aton GmbH in 2012 and thus a sister company of EDAG.

In 2012 followed the foundation of FFT USA in Greer, Spartanburg. The focus of FFT USA is on engineering, design and production as well as the operation of complete systems. FFT China was also opened in Shanghai this year. The site now has an office area of 4,790 m² and an assembly area of 7,300 m² and employs more than 350 people. The last milestone this year was the takeover of the BBZ vocational training center in Fulda.

It was not until 2014 that the company was given its current name "FFT Produktionssysteme GmbH & Co. KG". In order to double the employee capacity, the decision was made to expand the project office in Fulda-West to a total of 700 workstations. In the same year, the FFT Group acquired a 51% stake in the company EDAG Werkzeug + Karosserie GmbH, took over the software company EKS InTec GmbH from Weingarten and founded another branch in Bremen.

The commissioning of the world's first flexible lightweight framing system and the realization of the first human-robot collaboration (HRC) in body shell construction in the automotive industry took place in 2016. A further site was also founded in Poland and the company Ciratec from Belgium was acquired by the Group.

In order to expand further and meet increasing demand, a further 5,000 m² warehouse was completed in Fulda in 2017. Work also began on the construction of an additional assembly hall in Schmalkalden to provide more space for logistics.

In 2019, the FFT Group was sold from ATON to the Fosun Group. FFT became fully part of the network of Fosun International Limited, an innovation-driven consumer goods group listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since 2007. Fosun's mission is to provide high-quality products and services for families around the world in the areas of health, happiness and prosperity. With the acquisition of the FFT Group, Fosun expanded its business areas to include the "Intelligent Manufacturing" column, which now includes several other technology companies in addition to FFT.

With the coronavirus crisis hitting the automotive industry and its suppliers hard, FFT began a strategic realignment with the implementation of proprietary products and digital services in its business model. In addition to the mobility industry, the aim was to increasingly reach non-automotive manufacturers who wanted to support FFT with meaningful automation.

A new branch was established in Chengdu, China, and the foundation stone was laid in Shanghai for the new headquarters of the parent company EASUN, which has also included FeRe since 2022. The bonding and dosing technology company was thus able to grow in a strategic partnership with FFT and FFT benefited from new technological expertise within the group of companies.

FFT in numbers

50 years - during this time, FFT has developed into a globally active company with amazing key figures.

Total performance 2023 in million EUR (preliminary)

812

Employees

2991

Locations

23

Patents

231

Apprentices and students

169

FFT Bees

314128

Our Events

Celebrate 50 years of outstanding successes and unforgettable projects with us. We have planned various events for this anniversary year.


[Translate to Englisch:] Willkommen im Jubiläumsjahr
01.01.2024

Welcome to the anniversary year

We are starting the anniversary year and are looking forward to many highlights, exciting encounters and great events.


[Translate to Englisch:] FFT Schulwettbewerb
29.01.2024

FFT School Competition

Creative minds wanted – Our school competition for robotics clubs starts at the beginning of the second half of the school year.


Historie-Wall in Mücke

Historie-Wall in Mücke

We take our employees from Mücke on a journey through time with pictures and information about the company´s history.


[Translate to Englisch:] Eröffnungsfeier in Mücke
22.02.2024

Opening ceremony in Mücke

To mark the start of the anniversary year, an opening ceremony will be held at the founding location in Mücke. Together with contemporary witnesses, we look back on the company´s history and raise the anniversary flags.


[Translate to Englisch:] Launch FFT Merch

Launch FFT Merch

As part of the anniversary celebrations, we are offering our employees trendy FFT shirts and hoodies for the first time. Look forward to the designs that we will be releasing in March!


[Translate to Englisch:] Osterhase zu Besuch

Easter bunny visits

For some years now, it has been a tradition for the Easter bunny to visit us and place a small surprise in the workplace for each employee.


Health days
01.03.2024 04.03.2024

Health days in Mücke

The health of our employees is important to us. That is why there will once again be a health program at our locations this year in which all employees can participate.


[Translate to Englisch:] Bienenpatenschaft

Bee Sponsorship

Our environment is important to us, which is why we have taken on the sponsorship of two bee colonies with which we produce our own FFT honey.


Virtual charity run as part of the RhönEnergie Challenge
15.04.2024 01.05.2024

Virtual charity run as part of the RhönEnergie Challenge

In April, the starting signal is given for an FFT charity run for a good cause. Every employee can take part and we donate 0.50€ to charitable organizations for every kilometer run.


Fulda mobil erleben
20.04.2024 21.04.2024

Fulda mobil erleben

Once again this year, the whole of fulda will be set in motion. Under the motto „Mobility in the City“, various companies from the region will be presenting their contribution to mobility. Also FFT, because we lay the foundation for mobility.


Photo competition

Photo competition

Under the motto „Take a photo with your FFT merch in your free time“, the photo competition for all FFT employees to present the new clothing starts today.


Challenge Run Fulda
04.05.2024

Challenge Run Fulda

The challenge run in Fulda has been a firm fixture in our annual calendar for years. This year, as part of the anniversary, we had a particularly motivated team of runners.


[Translate to Englisch:] Lebendkicker Turnier
14.05.2024 16.05.2024

Human table football

Attention sports fans! We will be holding a Human Table Football at all locations. 6 players form a team, fun is guaranted.


Health days
28.05.2024 29.05.2024

Health days in Schmalkalden

In order to strengthen the health and well-being of our employees in Schmalkalden, health days are being held again this year.


[Translate to Englisch:] Fußballturnier der Ewald-Vollmer-Stiftung
29.05.2024

Ewald-Vollmer-Foundation soccer tournament

After successfully winning last year, our aim this year is to defend our victory. We are once again taking part in the Ewald-Vollmer-Foundation soccer tournament with a team.


Start European Championship Prediction Game
01.06.2024

Start European Championship Prediction Game

The European soccer Championship is just around the corner. From June 14 to July 14, everything will once again revolve around soccer. As with the World Cup, we are once again offering our employees a betting game. Everyone can submit their tips from June 1. At the end, the best can look forward to great prizes.


[Translate to Englisch:] Sommerfest in Schmalkalden
07.06.2024

Summer party in Schmalkalden

Our location in Schmalkalden celebrates the company's anniversary with brass band music and barbecue delicacies at its annual summer party.


[Translate to Englisch:] Fahrradtour in Fulda
15.06.2024

Fahrradtour in Fulda

On June 15, we are offering our employees a bike tour in Fulda. The tour covers a distance of 50 km and is suitable for all bike types and fitness levels.


[Translate to Englisch:] Familienfest
21.06.2024

Family Festival

Our annual family festival takes place in June this year. In addition to fun and games for the children, the final of the Human Table Football and the prize-giving ceremony for the school competition will take place.


24.06.2024 25.06.2024

Health days in Fulda

As every year, we offer a health program at our headquarters in Fulda. In addition to various tests, we also offer courses on healthy eating. Every employee can take part in the program.


[Translate to Englisch:] After Work Party

After Work Party

We round off the afternoon together with snacks and drinks. The summer months are particularly suitable for this because you can linger outside in the sun.


[Translate to Englisch:] Überraschung für Mitarbeiter

Surprise for employees

In July we will surprise our employees with a refreshing campaign.


[Translate to Englisch:] After Work Party

After Work Party

As in July, we want to ring in the end of the day in August with snacks and drinks. A casual and relaxed atmosphere provides the basis for good conversations among colleagues.


[Translate to Englisch:] Fahrradtour in Mücke
31.08.2024

Fahrradtour in Mücke

On August 31, we are offering our employees a bike tour in Mücke. The tour covers a distance of 50 km and is suitable for all bike types and fitness levels.


[Translate to Englisch:] Chinesischer Abend
02.09.2024

Chinese Evening

Our holding company EASUN will organize an evening to introduce itself to the employees. Places will be limited. More information will follow.


[Translate to Englisch:] Jubiläumskongress
17.09.2024 18.09.2024

Anniversary congress

An anniversary congress for customers, suppliers and partners will held at FFT in Fulda on September 17 & 18. In addition to keynote speakers, there will be various exhibitions and presentations as well as evening program. Further information will follow.


[Translate to Englisch:] After Work Party

After Work Party

Weather permitting, we also want to offer one last After Work Party for our employees in September.


[Translate to Englisch:] Bäume pflanzen
26.10.2024

We plant trees

In order to give the topic of sustainability the importance it deserves, our management will participate in a reforestation project together with our apprentices.


[Translate to Englisch:] Jubiläumsfeier
08.11.2024

Anniversary celebration

We say THANK YOU to our employees. We celebrate 50 years of FFT together with all our employees at a big anniversary party.


[Translate to Englisch:] Weihnachten im Schuhkarton

Christmas in a shoe box

We would like to participate as a company in the „Christmas in a shoe box“ campaign and offer a drop-off point for packages.


[Translate to Englisch:] Weihnachtsfeier
20.12.2024

Christmas Party

We will bring the anniversary year to a fitting close with Christmas parties in the individual departments.

Your greetings to FFT

We have already received many words of greeting for our anniversary. Many thanks for all the congratulations!
Would you also like to send us a greeting?
Send us an e-mail to marketing(at)fft.de  – gladly we include your congratulations in the gallery.

Your greetings

We have already received many words of greeting for our anniversary. Many thanks for all the congratulations!
Would you also like to send us a greeting?
Send us an e-mail to marketing(at)fft.de  – gladly we include your congratulations in the gallery.