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Company profile

Frei Fördertechnik AG, a traditional family company, has been active in materials handling for over 55 years. Swiss quality, innovation, high productivity and safety are distinguishing features of the Frei brand. Our extensive experience and professional expertise have a direct impact on the success of your project.

With us, you get tailor-made solutions for any type of material to be conveyed. As a general contractor, we create complete systems – from planning to manufacture and commissioning. As an ISO certified company, Frei relies on innovative in-house developments that pass the test with flying colours as quality products in daily operation.

Brochure company portrait (German)

Organization chart of Frei Fördertechnik AG (German)

Substantial advantages

  • Consultancy in field service
  • Planning and design department
  • Separate manufacturing of steel and stainless steel products
  • Sand blasting equipment
  • Paint shop
  • Installation and vulcanisation

Expertise and excellence

  • Responsible consultancy
  • Cost-conscious planning
  • Project consultancy by engineers and designers with longstanding experience
  • Production at our own factory in Rubigen
  • Installation by trained teams Service and maintenance by qualified personnel



Tailor-made solutions, experience, expertise and meticulous planning are the cornerstones for the success of the projects.

An accurate flow chart is drawn up for the planning of each system. In this step, all the customer's specifications are integrated, and machines and components are combined accordingly.

We take on projects as a general contractor and are therefore responsible for all concerns with respect to the client. This has great advantages for both sides. The customer has a single contact partner for everything: we are responsible for ensuring that everything runs smoothly, from project planning to start of production and even after commissioning.

We also transport milestones

Our history


 Handing Over Management on 1 June 2022
 of Collin Frei to Jan Blatter and Patrick Zimmermann


  Opening of the service location Eastern Switzerland in Wetzikon ZH


  50 years jubilee


  Takeover of the stationary  treatment of non-metallic minerals of the
  plant-construction division of Avesco AG 


  Opening of branch offices in West- and Eastern Switzerland


  New construction of West factory hall, 1,035 m2


  Expansion, new offices, 2nd floor, 425 m2


  Expansion, new offices, 2nd floor, 400 m2


  Dedication of new manufacturing building, 1,000 m2 and new office building, 300 m2


  Introduction of quality management in accordance with ISO 9001


  Dedication of new manufacturing building, establishment of "stainless" department


  Building-up of the sole agency for Transnorm for Switzerland


  Construction of the first proprietary premises in Rubigen


  Takeover of the commercial agency for ISENMANN Siebe GmbH, Karlsruhe


  Company founded by Ernst Frei

Legal form
Public limited company

Frei family
(Christian Frei, Collin Frei)

Management Board
Jan Blatter (Co-CEO)
Patrick Zimmermann (Co-CEO)
Fritz Rothenbühler
Marc Geissbühler
Andreas Lauber
Michael Hangartner


VTS Verschleisstechnik AG

Since 1 June 2016, VTS Verschleisstechnik AG has operated as a fully owned subsidiary of Frei Fördertechnik AG. Headquarters remain in Schaffhausen. VTS Verschleisstechnik AG also keeps its tried-and-tested team.

VTS Verschleisstechnik AG is your ideal partner for wear parts of every kind for a wide range of stationary and mobile systems. The large warehouse is tailored to your needs and managed accordingly. You’ll therefore receive your wear parts in no time at all.

As a service and consultancy company, VTS Verschleisstechnik AG stands by you in every situation. The technicians develop special forms for you to increase the efficiency of your machine. We also advise you on problems such as changes in wear behaviour and the acquisition of new machinery.

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mission statement

Our guiding principles
Core values such as appreciation, honesty, innovation and reliability carry us forward to success. Appreciation is the guiding principle for our way of thinking and acting.

Our behaviour
We always act in a customer-focused, reliable, fair and honest way towards customers, suppliers, employees and partners. We stand for the highest level of conscientiousness, flexibility and innovative spirit.

Our employees
We motivate our employees by activating their own spirit of initiative, trusting them, giving them responsibility and acknowledging extraordinary performance. We maintain a good, friendly working environment.

Our promise
We set new quality standards in all our activities. Excellent customer support, a customer-orientated warehouse as well as top-notch in-house production set us apart. Best Swiss quality is our ultimate goal, one that we pursue on every level every day.



Frei Fördertechnik fosters a corporate culture in which striving for excellence, personal responsibility, identification with the company and social awareness can thrive and grow. Collaboration is characterised by a motivating team spirit, openness and fairness. We see suppliers as partners, since they make a significant contribution to our range of offers.

We also assume responsibility for the protection of the environment as well as the health and safety of our employees by acting accordingly. We ensure the development and independence of our family business through appropriate and fair profits, a substantial part of which are reinvested into the company's development.

Committed to the future

Research and development

As a forward-looking company, we invest a great deal in research and development. In the Engineering Department, our employees work on new, improved products and technologies. 

Technically and economically compelling solutions are realised in close cooperation with our customers. A lot of innovative products have evolved over the last few years and stood the test of daily use to the advantage of our clients.

We train

Skilled trades

We present two job profiles here, for which Frei Fördertechnik offers training positions. More information on any currently available training positions can be found in the JOBS section.

Design engineer EFZ

As a design engineer (EFZ, Swiss Federal Certificate), you’ll develop individual parts and components for machines, appliances or everyday products with 3D software. You’ll carry out entire projects or sub-projects. The ordering of purchased parts (e.g. electric motors, valves, gears, etc.), creating parts lists or manuals are also part of a designer's responsibility.

Duration: 4 years

Requirements: A keen interest in technical matters; a passion for mathematics, physics and mechanics; an ability to concentrate; organisational skills; a methodical way of working.

Further education: After you have completed your training as a designer (EFZ), there are various options to build upon it through further education. You can graduate as a technician at a technical college (HF) or as an engineer at a university of applied sciences (FH). In addition, there is an abundance of seminars and courses to choose from.

Plant and equipment engineer

A plant and equipment engineer deals with sheet metal, profiles as well as pipes and tubes mostly made of metallic materials.

Welcome to a profession that is becoming more exciting every day. From constructional drawings or models, a plant and equipment engineer builds equipment, machinery and systems such as conveyors, cable cars, elevators, trains, underground railways, printing presses, medical systems as well as machine tools and also performs the associated installation and commissioning work. In addition, he or she repairs and replaces defective components.

Duration: 4 years

Requirements: Technical skills, technical understanding, good spatial sense, physical agility, robust health, robust constitution and no allergies to metals.

Further education: Various examinations for a Swiss Federal Certificate: Welding specialist, Process specialist, Manufacturing specialist, Maintenance specialist. Higher specialist examination with Federal Diploma as a foreman in machine and equipment engineering, technician (HF) in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, production engineering. Bachelor (FH) in Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering.