business areas and history
The owner-managed company FOGTEC was founded in 1997. FOGTEC develops, produces and markets fixed and mobile systems for fire detection and firefighting. Our employees come from 16 countries and are based at six sites. We are active in the following business sectors: rolling stock (Rail Systems), Fixed and mobile systems, Tunnel Systems, ships and oil platforms. Of our products, 80% are produced for export. Our team consists, among others, of engineers in the specialist areas of fire protection, mechanical engineering, hydraulics, electronics, software and chemistry.
Dirk K. Sprakel
Managing Director - Rail Systems
General Manager - Fixed Systems
Founding of F.E. Myers Bro. Co., Ashland / Ohio, USA
Founding of Lechler GmbH, Metzingen, Germany
The company F.E. Myers Bro. Co. experiments for the first time with nozzles, which produce a type of water mist, while at the same time working on various high pressure pumps. The goal of this application is fire protection.
Lechler is one of the first companies to produce special nozzles for water mist and registers these for patents. This design principle forms the basis for most water mist nozzles still today.
F.E. Myers Bro. Co. founds Myers-Europe GmbH (later KAMAT GmbH) in Essen as its production site for Europe.
The German company Herzog is the first company to start selling low pressure water mist systems.
The Norwegian captain Omar Vestli is the first to experiment with a high pressure pump in order to generate a particularly fine water mist for fighting fires in machine rooms. Subsequently, various companies in Scandinavia and Germany start to develop water mist systems.
Lechler and KAMAT jointly develop the first FOGTEC nozzles. Registrations for the first patents follow.
Construction of a facility for large scale fire tests using FOGTEC systems. First fire tests for tunnels start.
First fire tests for rolling stock.
Founding of FOGTEC Brandschutz GmbH & Co. KG and opening of the first representative office in Asia and the Middle East.
Representative office opens in China.
Representative office opens in India.
FOGTEC wins the UITP-Award for the most innovative product.
FOGTEC is the first fire protection company worldwide to be certified according to IRIS.
Founding of FOGTEC S.A.R.L. in France.
Conclusion of research project SOLIT2.
Founding of FOGTEC Fire Protection Pvt. Ltd. in India.
Company´s 20th anniversary.
Start of research project SUVEREN, sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Here you can find out more about the history of modern water mist fire protection.