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Manufacturing

High ratio of internal production

The extremely high ratio of internal production of its plants at Waidhofen an der Ybbs and St. Peter in der Au is a typical feature of the Forster Group. From planning to design to tool-making to industrial production to on-site commissioning – we endeavour to give more than our best to meet our customers’ high expectations.

The result is excellent product quality – as confirmed by numerous awards and quality seals!

Planning and development

It takes a whole bunch of good ideas to produce something truly innovative. The needs and suggestions of our customers provide the impetus and momentum for our R&D department. Our engineers identify the technical framework and specify the production process, drawing on the versatility of Forster to obtain the perfect solution to mechanical and electronic challenges. 

We translate ideas into reality.

Metal engineering

Our in-house equipment – NC-punching and bending machines, laser cutters, engraving and milling plotters, welding robots for large series, steel and aluminium processing machines, etc. – allows us to handle a multitude of processes to work with metal. 

The care we devote to processing metal parts is a key factor for the smooth assembly on site, because proper preparations are essential to achieve extreme precision. Our well-established capacities for development, design and the construction of tools, jigs and fixtures have made us an ideal partner to supply metal parts made of aluminium or steel.

Electric engineering

Of the several segments in which our electric engineering department is active, LED technology, prism technology and illuminated signs are the most important. Its brief is: 

  • design, construction and wiring of control systems in control cabinets and variable message signs
  • manufacturing of LED circuit boards and device control systems, 
  • assembly and installation of electric components (motors, limit switches, illumination), 
  • installation of illuminated signs (e.g. internally lit signs and monument signs),
  • cabling and testing of gantries

Plastics engineering

Plastics processing is an essential step in the manufacturing chain, especially when it comes to orders for advertising applications. Vacuum-moulded elements made of synthetic materials find widespread uses in merchandising displays. Baskets for loose goods, moulded decorative elements and trays can have highlights added by way of smoked plastic elements. 

  • Deep-drawing
  • Contour-milling
  • Laser cutting
  • CNC milling

Finishing

Thanks to state-of-the-art powder-coating plants and preparatory processes such as chromate-coating and phosphating, superior results are what we expect as our house standard. Forster also handles sand-blasting (sweep-blasting) and lacquering on its in-house equipment.

Printing/Signage

Screen printing, digital printing and flexo printing are the three mainstays at Forster when it comes to applying colours, signage and pictures onto a diversity of materials. The choice of method depends on the product properties required by the customer (e.g. UV stability, format, fidelity of colour reproduction) as well as on the quantity ordered. 

More options available at Forster for printing and signage: relief printing, rub-off printing, film signage, engraving, security printing, continuous stationary printing, hologram printing, lenticular printing etc.

Ready-made products/finishing

Each production chain ends with the finishing stage which may consist of several steps: 

  • bonding of lengths, 
  • fitting of ears, 
  • laminating of film on a substrate, 
  • cutting (milling) of contours
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