Institut Dr. Foerster GmbH & Co. KG
t +497121 140-0
Electrical and Mechanical engineering
Manufacture of products for
non-destructive material testing,
detection and magnetic field measurement
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From a visionary to a global player - The development of industry-compatible test methods
Everything starts with a vision
In 1937, during the examination of magnetic properties of metals, Friedrich Förster discovered the influence of the Earth's magnetic field on the measurement coil of test equipment. He started with the development of highly sensitive measuring equipment for magnetic fields.
In 1948, the visionary founded his own company and looked for opportunities to implement the results from his scientific work at the Kaiser-Wilhelm Institute. His objective: The development of industry-compatible apparatus.
The scientific basis of the electromagnetic test methods was developed in the 1950s. Dr. Friedrich Förster received the Victor de Forest Award for this in 1957. The method was published by Robert C. McMaster / USA in 1959 in the standard work on non-destructive testing methods.
The Förster probe
In 1963, the first magnetic field measuring equipment from FOERSTER was installed in a satellite. Mariner II used this to research the magnetic field of the planet Venus, among other tasks. Further measuring equipment for space travel followed later in numerous projects, e.g., for the precise alignment of the ROSAT ROentgen SATellite (X-ray observatory). There is even a Förster probe on the moon.
In the following years, the Förster probe has also been used in industrial test systems, including eddy current crack detection using flux leakage methods, and has now become the international standard wherever a high degree of automation is required.
Prof. Friedrich Förster received the highest distinction of NASA in 1992 for his work.
At home around the globe - rooted in Reutlingen
Starting in the 1970s, Martin Förster further expanded the success of the family company. He recognized the opportunities of globalization early and ensured a worldwide presence with the founding of subsidiaries. At the same time, the headquarters in Reutlingen was further expanded and strengthened.
In 1990, a new line of business was added with the development and manufacture of eddy current sensors. These sensors can be adapted to the respective inspection task to improve the inspection results, sometimes considerably.
Realizing synergies - creating growth
In 2021, the former subsidiary Magnetische Pruefanlagen GmbH is integrated into Institut Dr. Foerster GmbH & Co. KG.
As a technology leader and "hidden champion", FOERSTER continuously works on offering its customers individual solutions with new innovations and further product developments. Together with its customers, FOERSTER shapes the future in non-destructive testing.
75 Years of FOERSTER - We make the hidden visible
2023 FOERSTER celebrates its 75th anniversary. Out of a vision a world renowned brand was created that shapes the non destructive testing market like no other company.
At the heart of entrepreneurial activity are the customer needs right from the start. The aim to date is to find the optimal solution for every customer. In order to continue to do so, dedicated employees are required to bring their ideas to the company.
For 75 years, the name FOERSTER has stood for the highest quality, innovative products and professional service. With 10 subsidiaries and 60 representatives worldwide, FOERSTER is always close to its customer. We make the hidden visible. Now and in future.
Strong for the future
Leading with foresight and a sense of social responsibility, Felix Förster is the third generation of his family to run the company - together with Christoph Schanz.
An international network of subsidiaries, long-standing representatives and partners, as well as an excellent service guarantees worldwide proximity to customers.
A true partner to our customers
Our corporate strategy focuses on our customers – together, we work to develop customized, innovative solutions.
Open-minded and internationally focused
Although we are solidly rooted in Reutlingen, our products and solutions are available globally. Our openness to different countries and cultures sets us apart.
Success, thanks to our employees
The expertise, commitment and motivation of our employees are the keys to our success. They will take the company into the future.
Cutting-edge technology and innovation
FOERSTER products are technologically groundbreaking. We solve tomorrow’s technology challenges in close partnership with customers, suppliers and science.
Duty-bound to quality
FOERSTER is devoted to the very highest quality standards. FOERSTER stands for precision, performance, safety and commitment. Proof, period.
- FOERSTER - Our employees
- The satisfaction of our customers and business partners is what motivates us
- We provide information
- We make decisions transparently
- We are successful together
- We are all role models
- We recognize and praise achievements
- We all have responsibility
Since 1948, the name FOERSTER has been synonymous with quality and precision. As a technological leader, we act as a competent and reliable systems partner and solution provider for our customers. Not only our solutions and products are reliable, but so are we. We therefore comply with the applicable legal provisions and commit to the principle of highest ethical and moral integrity.
This Code of Conduct which applies to all of FOERSTER’s employees lays out this commitment in 10 principles. Every employee of FOERSTER shall embody these principles.
The name FOERSTER has always stood for highest quality standards. Daily, each of our employees contributes to fulfilling our quality goals. Below you will find the Quality Statement of FOERSTER.
FOERSTER takes seriously its responsibility for the safety of its employees and their families. We are committed to minimizing impacts on the health and welfare of the staff, and we are continuously working on improvements so that we always meet the latest standards.
Responsible environmental protection is an essential requirement for the continuous success of a company. Therefore, environmental protection is an integral part of the long-term strategy of FOERSTER.