1960 – 1971

With Egon Zimmermann's racing victories Fischer achieves the breakthrough to being taken seriously as a ski manufacturer for Alpine racing. In 1960, well before these important sporting successes, Josef Fischer gets in touch with the architect Hans Aigner in Linz and spreads a preliminary (but well-thought-out) sketch for a new ski factory out in front of him. "At that point Pepi Fischer told me he wanted a new factory with a capacity of 350,000 to 450,000 pairs of skis per year," the architect recalls.

For the new buildings a 33,000 square metre plot on the edge of Ried is purchased for two million schillings from Max Kagerer, a local farmer known as 'Stefflbauer'. The town council agree to provide the necessary water supply and sewage facilities, and to carry the costs incurred up to a limit of 1.3 million schillings. The site in Ried-Angerwaschen, previously agricultural land, is opened up f or industrial development in 1961/62. The first stage of construction starts in 1962 and is completed when the new ski factory is opened on 9 October 1964. 2,500 guests take part in the opening ceremony, ith numerous business associates from all over the world among them. The Fischer agents from the important markets are presented while the appropriate national anthems are played.

With ski sales booming, Josef Fischer plans a second stage (scaled for 800,000 pairs of skis a year) even before stage one has been completed. In 1963/64 the Fischer company achieves a turnover of 100 million schillings for the first time. Work on stage two, in which the floor area of the production facilities is doubled (to 24,000 square metres), starts even before the opening ceremony. The plot originally purchased soon turns out to be too small. Together with Ernest Simharl and the solicitor Dr. Pernegger, Josef Fischer sets off to call on Max Kagerer again.

So in January 1966 Fischer acquires another 40,000 square metres from the Kagerers; expansion can then go ahead without hindrance. All in all Josef Fischer and the architect Aigner implement nine stages of construction; by 1971 50,000 square metres of land have been built on, with investments coming to around 175.5 million schillings within a decade. In the new factory the subsequent peak production volume of nearly one million pairs of skis per year can be manufactured without difficulty, thus finally making Fischer the world's largest ski manufacturer by the beginning of the 1970s.

Further stories 1960-1978