• Glutz history
  • Glutz history
  • Glutz history
  • Glutz history
  • Glutz history
1850
  • Viktor Glutz-Blotzheim and Ludwig Scherer run a freight business
1857
  • Assumption of trade with cement, coal and fruit
1858
  • Founding of a high-performance mechanical carpenter's shop
1858/59
  • Construction of a parquet factory at the first train station of Solothurn and assumption of parquet production
1861
  • Viktor Glutz-Blotzheim acquires the company shares of his partner
1863
  • Founding of the lock factory
1865/66
  • Commencement of the production of gilt cornices and the mounting with mirror glass
1866/70
  • Construction of additional production facilities
1867
  • Major success at the world exhibition in Paris with tracks
1867/68
  • Affiliation of a metal foundry
1877
  • Introduction of an 11-hour day (Industrial legislation) in the lock factory, workforce of 40 employees
1878
  • Major success of the lock factory at the World Exhibition in Paris with the gilt cornice production
  • Death of the founder of VGB, Viktor Glutz Blotzheim, after a serious illness
1879
  • Cessation of parquet production
  • Establishment of a general partnership
1885/91
  • Construction of additional production facilities and an office building
1890
  • Founding of a company in AG form, share capital sFr. 250 000.–
1891
  • Commencement of counter-flap hinge production
  • Printing of the first balance sheet
1893/94
  • Opening of the electroplating establishment
1896
  • As a generally well known lock and fittings factory, VGB took part in the 3rd Swiss National Exhibition in Geneva and was awarded a gold medal
1897
  • New factory hall (first shed roofed construction in Switzerland)
  • Important orders for the Central Rail Network
1898
  • Cessation of gilt cornice construction
1900
  • Approval of the shop rules by the Cantonal Government
1905
  • Installation of electric motor drive, acetylene gas lighting is replaced by electric light
1913
  • Ernst Glutz Blotzheim dies from a heart attack; he is succeeded by Alfons Glutz Blotzheim, son of the firm founder
1914
  • The VGB participates non-competitively in the National Exhibition in Bern because Büttikofer the director was a member of the jury
  • Wages at VGB were not lowered in spite of the First World War
    1920
    • Staff contingency foundation (welfare foundation)
      1928/29
      • A Peugeot tourer was purchased for a sum of sFr. 6 445.– on the decision of the board of directors
      • Fire in the bronze foundry shop
      • Extension of the production programme; manufacture of fanlight closures and refrigerator fittings
      1936
      • The third generation starts work. Charles Glutz Blotzheim, the grandchild of the founder and son of the president of the board of directors since 1913 is appointed the new delegate and president of the board of directors and management of VGB
      1939
      • The VGB takes part in the "Landi" display as group leader in the locks and fittings division
      1940
      • VGB is the first company in Switzerland to introduce a 5-day week; the staff themselves were able to vote on this
      1946
      • Collective labour agreement
      1947
      • On 18th January the immigration authorities granted permission to 6 workers of Italian nationality to work at VGB
      1949
      • Introduction of monthly payment for workers
      1954
      • Introduction of the time piece-work payment system
      • VGB introduces an appliance production department and commences the manufacture of domestic appliances
      • On 1st April Ernst Gerber, Ing. takes over as director of the lock factory
      • VGB introduce the technically advanced, robust, rust-resistant and extremely reliable Solo French casement bolt. The lock is a complete success bringing orders from Europe and also from abroad
      1955
      • Dictation equipment is introduced
      • A ‘Workers' Suggestions' scheme (with premiums) is introduced
      1956
      • Waged and salaried staff of the VGB establish a Sports Club. The club consists of a soccer team, a ladies basketball team and a rifle club
      • Detailed budgeting is introduced
      • The publication ‘VGB and Toby Information' is created (gives details of new features)
      1957
      • Expo Brussels, all the doors of the Switzerland Pavilion at the International Exhibition are fitted exclusively with VGB locks
      • Introduction of Sporting Club football with success-based participation
      • Staff insurance fund for all members of staff
      1958
      • The market launch of the Toby oil regulator
      • VGB is the first Swiss company to introduce the nylon safety catch mortise lock (principal advantage 40 % less noise)
      • Erection of a modern test laboratory, expansion of the toolmaking and mechanical testing areas
      1959
      • Mechanisation and automation
      1960
      • Introduction of an automatic accounting system
      • Installation of automatic grocery vending machines
      • VGB organise the first small-scale oil-fired boiler conference
      • Founding of Toby GmbH in Germany
      1962
      • Introduction of the coffee break
      • 1962 Sports club for ladies basketball
      • Telephone system with radio paging
      • Founding of the Disigard Institute (marketing company) in Vaduz
      1962/63
      • Expansion of the production hall from 1901 with an additional floor for offices
      1963
      • VGB's centenary; slogan for the second century "Old-fashioned and conservative in our attitude to work, for this is the true source of happiness, but open and modern in technology, organisation and equipment "
      • New works hall construction for appliance production
      1966
      • Monthly salary for all trained staff
      1969
      • Glutz introduces the SWISS lock, a light mortise lock for room doors
      1970
      • First computer, cashless payment of wages
      • Individual working hours system introduced (Flexi-time)
        1971
        • Founding of Heso AG (production of pressure diecast components)
        1972
        • All employees have salaried staff status
        • Founding of Toby-Schaum GmbH
        1974
        • Firm designation now Glutz AG, was previously VGB (Viktor Glutz-Blotzheim)
        1977
        • Issue of staff share scheme
        1978
        • New construction of an assembly hall with civil defence installation
        1982
        • Takeover of Ruf AG
        1983
        • EDP aided production planning and control
        1984
        • Staff share participation for salaried staff
        1985
        • Integrated data processing across all enterprise fields of activity
        1986
        • Demolition of the historical shed building and new construction of the hall
        1989
        • The drill machine assembly is discontinued
        1991
        • Glutz Holding AG, new structure
        1994
        • Process oriented production
        1995
        • Founding of Glutz Deutschland GmbH
        1996
        • Opening of a sales office in Thailand
        1997
        • Certification according to ISO 9001
        1999
        • Founding of Glutz UK Ltd.
        • Opening of a sales office in Shanghai
        • Technology partnerships with Imonta GmbH, Stoschek GmbH, Kaba Group
        • SecurSol (high security technology)
        • Sensotec AG (mechatronic locking systems)
        2000
        • Founding of Glutz GmbH, Austria
        2001
        • Stoschek Bandtechnik GmbH, Germany becomes a subsidiary
        • Founding of Glutz Singapore Ltd.
        2002
        • Merging of Glutz AG and Ruf AG with business fields
        • - Glutz – Locking technology/fittings
        • - Ruf – Industrial components
        2003
        • Takeover of Stoschek Bandtechnik GmbH
        • Certification according to ISO/TS 16949
        2004
        • Founding of Glutz Middle East
        • Award of the Solothurn Enterprise Prize
        2005
        • Glutz brings the first mechatronic locking system from its own production to market
        2007
        • Merging of Glutz AG and Acter AG with business fields
        • - Glutz - Mechatronic
        • - Acter - Biometry
        2008
        • Takeover
        • - Secursol AG, Gossau
        • - Giessereiaktivitäten Kohler AG, Riedtwil
        • Inauguration of rest area with a kitchen; smoking banned throughout the premises; help with giving up smoking
        2009
        • Acquisition of a laser cutting machine
        2010
        • Conversion and extension of the machinery installed to make industrial components
        • Connecting structure between Buildings 5 and 6; dispatch and rating plate unit transferred to the connecting structure
        2011
        • Glutz becomes a system supplier with access engineering
        • eAccess radio-controlled access system launched
        • Integration of Toby AG into Glutz AG
        2012
        • HZ-lock production and mechatronics transferred to Obach
        • Toby moves to Segetzstrasse
        2013
        • 150th anniversary – time to celebrate!
        • Refurbishment of parts of buildings for the future manufacturing facility
        • The foundry moves from Riedtwil to Solothurn and joins the special lock making unit to form the new manufacturing facility
        • Creation of the new customer center with Experience World