Facts and Figures of the FOERSTER Group High-Tech made in Germany
High-Tech made in Germany

Facts and Figures of the FOERSTER Group

We are FOERSTER

With corporate committment.
Close to our customer. Since 1948.

Head Office

Reutlingen, Germany

International

10 subsidiaries and
sales representatives in more than 50 countries

  • approx. 500 employees worldwide
  • approx. 100 Mio. Euro group sales per year

1937

1937 during the examination of magnetic properties of metals, Friedrich Förster discovered the influence of the earth's magnetic field on the detection coil of the test equipment. Based on this result he developed a most sensitive magnetometer, the fluxgate magnetometer, also named after him as Förster-Probe.

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1948

1948 the visionary founded his own company and looked for opportunities for the implementation of his results from the scientific work. His objective was the development of industry-compatible measurement and test procedures including the appropriate apparatus.

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1953

1953 the first FEREX is the basis for all portable vertical gradient magnetometers for field operation under all climatic conditions.

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1963

1963 the first FOERSTER space magnetometer was installed in a satellite. Mariner II is researching, amongst other things, the magnetic field of the planet Venus with this. Further measuring equipment for multiple space missions followed later, e.g. for the precise alignment of the ROSAT satellite.

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1970s

From the 1970s Martin Förster further expanded the success of the family company. He recognized the opportunities of globalization early and ensured a worldwide presence close to the customers with the founding of subsidiaries.

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1990

From 1990 all portable magnetometers were equipped with digital data acquisition. Probe networks allow precise data recording, in spatial arrangements over long time periods for large area geophysical survey and long term observations.

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1999

In 1999 at the head offices in Reutlingen-Germany a large geophysical experimental- and test-site goes into operation.

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2006

Since 2006 the company is managed by the third generation, Dipl.-Kaufmann Felix Förster.The expansion of the international group and the progressive consolidation of the headquarters in Reutlingen are consequently promoted.

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Today

Today, based on magnetometer technology, FOERSTER develops and produces equipment for highly precise measurement in research and development, the determination of material properties, quality inspection in industrial metal processing and geophysical data acquisition.

In addition the FOERSTER Group provides automated non-destructive testing of semi-finished metal products and components using electromagnetic methods, thermography and ultrasonic.