Some milestones of Ramseyer

Registration by KITO‑KARE as a certified service Partner for Switzerland

2007 / 09 / 15
Extension / enlargement of the operation building

Beginning of the co-operation with the company Mankenberg from Lübeck (D) in the range of pressure reducing valves, backpressure regulators and pressure and vacuum relief valves

Beginning of the co-operation with the company Gestra Ltd from Bremen (D) in the range of steam traps, control devices and industrial electronics

Certification according to ISO 9000 by the SQS, Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems

Beginning of the co-operation with the company PROTEGO (Braunschweiger Flammenfilter GmbH) from Braunschweig (D) in the range of safety devices

Removal from Berne to Flamatt into an own operation building

Authority transmission of the SVTI (in former times SVDB) for the attitude, designation and lead-sealing of safety devices

Transformation of the private firm into a corporation and move-in at the Sandrainstrasse in Berne

Beginning with the supply of high-quality safety and stop valves for all nuclear power stations and the most important district heating plants in Switzerland

Beginning of the successful co-operation with the company LESER in Hamburg in the range of industrial valves

Establishment of the company André Ramseyer Ltd in Berne (28.08.1944)

The company history

In August 1944, André Ramseyer registered the sole proprietorship "André Ramseyer" in the commercial register in Berne with the purpose of trading in chemical and technical products. Following the takeover of a bankrupt fittings business just a few years later, the company focussed from then on on the Swiss fittings business. At the same time, co-operation with the Hamburg-based company LESER began. This partnership turned out to be strategically very important, as this company was to become the European market leader in the field of safety valves three decades later and Ramseyer in turn was to become the Swiss market leader.

From the very beginning, André Ramseyer was committed to high quality and the best possible safety, which proved to be absolutely right. Business was booming and demand grew steadily. By the 1960s, the company was already supplying all nuclear power stations and the most important district heating plants in Switzerland.

In order to meet the increasing demand, the sole proprietorship was dissolved in 1965 and the business was transferred to the public limited company "André Ramseyer AG, Industriearmaturen", known as Ramseyer. On the other hand, the company moved to larger premises in Bern.

Business continued to develop favourably in the years that followed. In the 1980s, when Ramseyer was officially authorised by the SVDB (later known as SVTI) as a Swiss specialist centre for the inspection of safety valves, the available space, particularly in the workshop, was no longer sufficient. The company moved with its entire workforce, now numbering 18, to a purpose-built premises in Flamatt, 15 kilometres west of Bern.

The company continued to expand. In the course of time, partnerships with PROTEGO (Braunschweiger Flammenfilter), Gestra, Mankenberg and numerous other companies in the field of industrial safety fittings, mainly from Germany, followed.

Gradually, the premises in the new building also became too small. In the 1990s, the company building was extended by one floor and most of the offices were moved to the upper floor. In the new millennium, the warehouse was expanded and two high storage towers were erected in order to be able to deliver products and replacement lines as quickly as possible.

The quality of the goods sold and the underlying processes were always emphasised, which was officially certified over 25 years ago with the ISO 9000 certification and has been renewed annually since then. Ramseyer was even the very first fittings company in Switzerland to be certified to ISO 9001:2015 and to fulfil its pioneering role.

Ramseyer has now been successful in the Swiss market for safety and industrial valves for 80 years and has grown from a one-man business to a workforce of over 30.