Zund - 11/2/2009
For Zünd’s 25th Anniversary - Switzerland’s first Minergie-P Industrial
From local company to global enterprise with a recipe for sustained success: Zünd Systemtechnik AG in
Altstätten celebrates 25 years. With the help of, by now, 125 employees and numerous technical innovations,
Karl Zünd has successfully evolved the company from a small business to a worldwide leading manufacturer of
digital cutting systems. The crowning event of the company’s 25-year festivities: the inauguration of the latest
expansion of its headquarters, the first Minergie-P industrial building in Switzerland.
In 1984, the company’s early days, Karl Zünd began distributing Wild flatbed cutters. Within two years, he had
recruited a number of engineers to help develop new tool heads and other add-ons, such as an automatic
advance mechanism for rolled materials. Five years later, he brought the first Zünd plotter, the P-1200, to market.
Multifunctional tool heads and a systematic pursuit of modularity formed the basis of Zünd’s diversification
strategy and, to this day, continue to provide the gateway to many new opportunities.
Today Zünd is the leading supplier of flatbed cutters to the graphics industry worldwide and a close second in
packaging. In the leather and textile industries as well, Zünd is among the principal providers of digital cutting
systems. "These days," as Mr. Zünd sums it up, "we are virtually surrounded by products that come off our cutters-
products that at some stage have been cut, routed, or scored with Zünd equipment."
With its innovative products, Zünd continues to set milestones in cutting technology. A little more than a year
ago, the company launched G3, the third and most advanced generation of Zünd digital cutters/routers.
Just in time for the anniversary, Zünd Systemtechnik AG moved into the third expansion of its headquarters in
Altstätten, Switzerland. The new addition is bound to attract nationwide attention since it is the country’s first
industrial building certified as Minergie-P. It utilizes 5 times less energy than newly constructed conventional
buildings and produces 5 times less CO2. Approximately 12% of total building costs went toward meeting
Minergie-P standards. The building’s future-oriented architecture is a reflection of Zünd’s corporate culture of
responsibility toward man and nature. It combines economic efficiency with sustainability and harmony with nature.
Together with 125 employees and their families, business associates, local community and political leaders,
Karl Zünd celebrated his company’s 25th anniversary and inaugurated the new Minergie-P building. He also
took this opportunity to announce that, at the beginning of 2010, he would formally turn over Zünd
Systemtechnik AG’s day-to-day operations to his sons, Mike and Oliver Zünd. Karl Zünd will maintain his
leadership role in strategic planning, ensuring Zünd‘s continuity in maintaining local roots while exerting global
influence. He will continue to actively participate in management and preside over the company’s board of