About BIONTEC

From haute couture to high-tech: Our journey to the automated series production of composite products began with the traditional St Gallen embroidery of the 19th century. Today we develop and produce innovative moulded parts using our unique stitching technology. Bionic. Made of carbon. Efficient lightweight construction, just like you find in nature.

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First deliveries of series production parts for the aviation industry

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  • 10 year anniversary
  • Significant expansion of the development department
  • Development of our own software for the design and optimisation of the fibre layout
  • Investment in additional production machines
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  • Start of production for the 4th generation brake lever
  • Quality management system certified according to ISO 9001 (QM)
  • Further automation of the RTM process
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  • Development of bigger RTM systems to enable the production of larger parts
  • Installation of a second large embroidery machine
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Implementation of a high-performance quality assurance system

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New development of a machine control system (with Pantec)

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  • Further development of the stitching technology and focus on the RTM process
  • Installation and commissioning of several systems and the 5-axis milling machine
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Start of series production for the 1st generation of the carbon brake lever

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  • Founding of BIONTEC – Bionic Composite Technologies AG as a joint venture in St. Gallen
  • Erika and Ueli Forster (embroidery), Martin Böhler (embroidery), Pantec (automation)
Grey arrow pointing downPrevious history
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Caroline and Emanuel Forster take over operational management of the Forster Rohner Group

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Martin Böhler starts the first stitching tests using carbon fibres

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  • Various acquisitions in the textile industry over the years
  • Merger of Forster Willi AG and Jacob Rohner AG to form Forster Rohner AG
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Peter, Ueli and Tobias Forster take over operational management

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Founding of Forster Willi & Co. by Conrad Forster-Willi

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The production of embroidery was the largest export business in theSwiss economy accounting for 18 percent of exports. More than 50 percent of global production came from St. Gallen

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Invention of the shuttle embroidery machine in St. Gallen by Isaak Gröbli