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History

Biral milestones

Bieri Pumpenbau AG was established in 1919. The company gained a leading market position in Switzerland making pumps for building services, public amenities and industry.

From the early 1960s to the mid 1980s, the business went through a phase of major expansion. New company premises were built, several subsidiaries established and export business through agents was substantially expanded. The high quality of the pumps and the expertise of its workforce are instrumental in its achieving a position of market leadership.

In 1993, Bieri Pumpenbau AG was bought by the Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos in a move to secure the large market share in Switzerland. Initially, Bieri Pumpenbau AG was pared down to the core business of making pumps for building services.

From 1997 a corporate culture based on the principles of TQM was introduced. Two years later, the turnaround was achieved and the key ratios started to show a positive trend. In the year 2000, Biral became one of the first Swiss firms to be ISO 9001:2000 certified, and a year later the company was awarded the Prix Eta 2000 and the Wuppertaler Energie- und Umweltpreis for the ground-breaking invention of the MC 10. In 2009, Biral received the Esprix 2009 award for its achievements in the area of TQM.

With the renovation of the two company buildings in Münsingen in 2011, Biral was able to reduce the company's heating oil consumption by 75%. A year later, Switzerland's leading pump manufacturer officially opened the Biral Campus, a training and information centre serving the entire industry as a venue for education and the exchange of ideas. In 2013, the introduction of the ModulA series marked the completion of Biral's range of modern heating circulation pumps. In 2015 the company joined the southern heat network of the Münsingen district and since then Biral's Münsingen operation has been carbon-neutral. At the end of 2015, the company employed 165 people and in 2019 Biral is due to celebrate its centenary.