SBB RABDe 500
Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft
for Swiss Industrial
), or SIG
, is the former name of
SIG Holding AG
, a Swiss company that has been
active in various businesses during its more than 150 years of
operation. Since the year 2000 the Society has undergone strategic
refocus, concentrating on its core compentence in packaging
technology. Today SIG comprises one division: SIG Combibloc,
specializing in aseptic carton.
Since 5 November 2007, SIG Holding AG is a part of Rank Group
Holdings Ltd., the private investment company of the billionaire
businessman Graeme Hart
SIG was founded in Neuhausen am Rheinfall (Canton of Schaffhausen, Switzerland), as a manufacturer of railway cars. In the late 1970s, SIG
was one of two builders of Toronto's latest tram, the CLRV L1.
Only the first
five CLRV cars were made by SIG, the rest by UTDC
tilting system of the SBB RABDe 500
was developed by SIG. The railway branch of SIG was sold in 1995 to
FIAT and in 2000 to Alstom, today
only components are manufactured in the Neuhausen
From 1860 to 2000, SIG produced firearms
The products were imported into the USA under the name SIG Arms
Due to Swiss restrictions on the export of military weapons, SIG
entered into a relationship with the German company J.P. Sauer & Sohn
in order to allow SIG
access to the world firearms
The SIG P210
pistol was developed between
1938 and 1945, and was adopted by the Swiss military in 1949 as the
"Pistole 49". The single-action
semi-automatic P210 brought SIG much acclaim, due to the precision
manufacturing processes employed in its manufacture and its
resultant accuracy and reliability. The P210 frame design
incorporates external rails that fit closely with the slide, thus
eliminating "play" in the mechanism during firing.
The P210 was replaced by the Swiss military in 1975 with the
, dubbed the "Pistole 75". In a 1984
bidding contest to provide more than 300,000 sidearms to the US
military, the SIG-Sauer P226
defeated by the Beretta 92FS
The SIG SG 510
/(Stgw.57) Battle Rifles
were produced by SIG from 1957 to 1983. Its appearance was similar
to the German MG34 and used roller-delayed blowback used on the
The only general purpose
produced by SIG was the SIG
In 2000, the new company Swiss Arms
over the firearms branch of SIG.
The first packaging machines were produced in 1906 on behalf of the
Lausanne based SAPAL
company (Société Anonyme
des Plieuses Automatiques).
Most of SIG's earlier packaging equipment efforts were focused on
small dry food items such as chocolates and candy. In 1989, through the
acquisition of PKL in Linnich, Germany,
SIG entered the field of aseptic liquid packaging.
business grows significantly and is later known as SIG Combibloc
In 2000 SIG concentrated its group focus solely on technology for
packaging of food and beverages. By this time many of their
traditional businesses such as Arms and Rocktools had been
divested. Management used the resulting cash to procure global
businesses including Doboy Packaging in the U.S.; Krupp
Kunstofftechnik (Corpoplast/Blowtec/Kautex brands) and HAMBA in
Germany; Ryka Blow Molds in Canada; and a substantial portion of
the Italian conglomerate SASIB. The food-related (dry) businesses
were organized under the SIG Pack division, while the
beverage-related (wet) businesses formed SIG Beverages. Aseptic
liquid packaging remained separate under SIG Combibloc.
This strategy, while intended to provide common customer bases with
turnkey solutions for entire bottling or packaging lines, never
gained enough momentum to be of any durable competitive advantage.
Difficulties integrating vastly different businesses and employee
cultures resulted in operational execution issues. In particular,
high-profile commissioning and installation failures at SIG
Beverages in 2003 and 2004 ultimately resulted in erosion of
goodwill serious enough to be recorded on financial statements. A
refocusing towards primarily aseptics and PET blow-molding resulted
in a high number of divestitures and plant closures. The former
SASIB wet businesses Simonazzi, Alfa and Meyer/Mojonnier were sold
to Tetra Laval in 2005, while HAMBA and Kautex/Blowtec went into
the hands of separate private investor groups. The food packaging
businesses were sold to Robert Bosch Verpackungstechnik in 2004.
The former SASIB dry unit Stewart Systems (bread and bun bakery
production lines) was sold to UCA Group in 2004 and subsequently
merged with AMF Bakery Systems in 2008. Laser guided vehicle
manufacturer Elettric 80, part of the 1999 SASIB acquisition, was
sold back to its original Italian owners in 2004.
considerably slimmed-down SIG Beverages unit, focused on machines
for PET bottle blow-molding machinery, was sold off to the German
concern Salzgitter AG in March 2008.
This sale encompassed the
subsidiaries Corpoplast, Asbofill, Plasmax and Moldtec.
is the last remaining
business unit of SIG, its sole focus being machinery/materials for