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History

For over 60 years the name Fronius has stood for intensive research and the constant search for new, innovative solutions. The perfect efficiency of every product has repeatedly been awarded both national and international prizes.

Limit selection

10th June 1945

Company

The firm is established by Günter Fronius in Pettenbach, Austria, and commences production of battery chargers and welding transformers.
Rankleiten

around 1950

Welding Technology

Market launch of Fronius' first welding transformer with magnetic yoke-type regulation, permitting continuous adjustment of the welding current.
Schweißboy

around 1955

Welding Technology

Semiconductors are used in Fronius welding rectifiers for the first time - making convenient DC welding a reality.

around 1958

Battery Charging Systems

First battery chargers, based on 50 Hz technology.

1972

Company

The company's 2nd facility is opened in Wels-Thalheim, Austria.
Facility Wels-Thalheim

1980

Company

Handover of company management to Klaus Fronius and Brigitte Strauß
Klaus Fronius, Günter Fronius, Brigitte Strauß

1981

Welding Technology

Unveiling of the world's first-ever primary transistor-switched power source (TransArc 500). The inverter technology used not only brings such advantages as low weight and volume, but also - and even more importantly - opens up hitherto unheard-of new possibilities in terms of welding technology.
TransArc 500

1986

Company

A Fronius sales and production facility opens for business in Istanbul, Turkey.
Sales and production facility Istanbul

1988

Company

Buying of the location in Wels: Buxbaumstraße 2 (Austria)
Wels, Buxbaumstraße

around 1988

Battery Charging Systems

Launch of the second product category - chargers for traction batteries based on 50Hz technology.
EL 90

1990

Welding Technology

Launch of a revolutionary high-performance MAG welding process known as the T.I.M.E. Process, which - for the first time in welding history - makes very high welding speeds possible.
T.I.M.E. 540

1991

Company

Opening of a sales and production facility at Kiev in the Ukraine.
Sales and production facility Kiev

1992

Company

A sales and production facility is opened at Ceský Krumlov in the Czech Republic.
Sales and production facility Ceský Krumlow

1993

Battery Charging Systems

In another "first", inverter-technology know-how is used for transistor-switched chargers for vehicle starter batteries (ACCTIVA Series). The result: Precision charging is now possible with a small and - above all - lightweight unit.
ACCTIVA

1993

Welding Technology

Fuzzy technology is used for the first time in the field of welding-process control (MagicWave 2000).
MagicWave 2000

1993

Company

Sales organisations are set up in Germany, Switzerland, France and Norway.

 

Certification to ISO 9001.

Sales organisation in Talkau, Germany

1994

Battery Charging Systems

Market launch of transistor-switched chargers for traction batteries (SELECTIVA Series).
SELECTIVA

1994

Welding Technology

The Innovation Prize of the Province of Upper Austria is awarded to Fronius for its use of fuzzy technology in the field of welding-process control (MagicWave 2000).
MagicWave 2000

1995

Battery Charging Systems

Establishment of the Energy & Environment Division, with business units for photovoltaics and battery charging systems.

1995

Welding Technology

The world's lightest portable MMA welding unit is launched, weighing a mere 4.2 kg (TransPocket 1400).

 

Innovation Prize of the Province of Upper Austria for product design (MagicWave 2600).

TransPocket 1400

1995

Solar Electronics

Establishment of the Energy & Environment Division, with business units for photovoltaics and battery charging systems.

 

Launch of the "Sunrise" grid-connected solar inverter for generating electricity from solar energy and feeding it into the power grid.

Sunrise

1997

Battery Charging Systems

Market launch of what is, to date, the smallest transistor-switched charging unit for traction batteries in its power class (SELECTIVA PLUS Series).
SELECTIVA PLUS

1997

Solar Electronics

Innovation Prize of the Province of Upper Austria for the "Sunrise" solar inverter.
solar inverter "Sunrise"

1998

Welding Technology

Unveiling of the world's first-ever completely digitally controlled MIG/MAG welding power sources (TransSynergic 4000 / 5000; TransPuls Synergic 2700 / 4000 / 5000). From now on, quality is 100% reproducible.

 

Innovation Prize of the Province of Upper Austria for "Virtual Welding".

TransPuls Synergic

1998

Solar Electronics

Launch of the "Solarix", a sine-wave solar inverter for stand-alone operation. The first such unit - anywhere - in which the inverter and charge controller really do work together smoothly.
Solarix

1999

Solar Electronics

Innovation Prize of the Province of Upper Austria for the sine-wave solar inverter "Solarix".
Solarix

2000

Company

For tighter focus of the various fields of the company's business, 4 Divisions are established: "Welding Technology", "Battery Charging Systems and Car Repair Equipment", "Solar Electronics" and "Plasma Technology".

 

"Success through Research" award from the Austrian Industrial Research Promotion Fund (FFF) in recognition of the enduring successes achieved by Fronius though its innovation strategy.

Success through Research

2001

Battery Charging Systems

Launch of the mini-size transistor-switched plug-in charger "ACCTIVA easy". As well as having a very gentle charging characteristic, the unit also features a unique design approach and makes it possible to both test and charge the battery with one and the same unit.
ACCTIVA Easy

2001

Welding Technology

Unveiling of the world's first-ever genuinely industrial-grade LaserHybrid welding system, with welding speeds of up to 9 m/min.

 

Innovation Prize of the Province of Upper Austria for "LaserHybrid".

 

Market launch of a series of MMA welding units (TransPocket 1100 / 1500 / 1500 RC / 1500 TIG) with resonant intelligence, which permits an almost perfect approximation to the principle of the ideal characteristic.

LaserHybrid

2001

Solar Electronics

The "Fronius IG" grid-connected inverter is launched. With features such as data communication via plug-in cards, low weight and its compatibility with all common makes of photovoltaic module, the "Fronius IG" achieves the utmost in flexibility for the client.

 

Award of the Environment Prize of the Province of Upper Austria for the "Fronius IG" solar inverter.

Fronius IG

2001

Company

A brand-new production facility is opened in Pettenbach, Austria.
Production facility Pettenbach

2001

Company

Extension of the management team to 6 persons: Elisabeth Engelbrechtsmüller-Strauß, Klaus Fronius, Heinz Hackl, Herbert Mühlböck, Volker Lenzeder, Brigitte Strauß
Herbert Mühlböck, Klaus Fronius, Brigitte Strauß, Volker Lenzeder, Elisabeth Engelbrechtsmüller-Strauß, Heinz Hackl

2002

Welding Technology

The strong, silent type. The new Fronius systems, MagicWave 1700, MagicWave 2200, and TransTig 2200, offer a higher power density, lower noise levels, more stable arcs, and greater ease of operation than conventional welding systems.

 

Market launch of the VarioSynergic and VarioStar product ranges. These step-controlled welding systems are synonymous with low operating costs, easy handling, long life, and flawless welding quality.

MagicWave 1700/2200, TransTig 2200

2002

Company

Fronius goes USA! April 2002 saw the launch of a Fronius sales and service subsidiary in Detroit, focusing on the local automobile industry as its initial target market.
Sales and service subsidiary, USA

2002

Solar Electronics

Start of the project „Fronius Energy Cell“. The vision: a photovoltaic system delivers the energy. The Fronius Energy Cell transforms the surplus power into hydrogen and stores it. If the pv-system produces insufficient power, the fuel cell transforms the hydrogen back to power.

 

Fronius Energy cell

2003

Welding Technology

Premiere for the “TimeTwin Digital” process. In this process, two independently controlled power sources with two insulated wire electrodes work together in a single gas nozzle and a shared welding pool. These innovative systems achieve maximum economy and efficiency in automatic welding of low and high-alloy steel and aluminium materials.

 

The TransPuls Synergic 7200 and 9000 are launched on the market. These systems consist of two linked TransPuls Synergic 4000 or 5000 systems and produce a current of 720 and 900 amperes respectively. This procedure is designed to deliver the kind of high performance that is required in automatic and robot welding.

 

The remote control unit RCU 5000i with full text display. This RCU features logical user prompting and is easy to use. To standardise procedures for backing up, exchanging, and documenting welding data, a Smart Media Card is used. Another new feature is the Windows-compatible USB interface for easy data transfer.

RCU 5000i

2003

Solar Electronics

Market launch of the Fronius IG 40 / 60 with MIX concept. The MIX concept achieves a marked increase in energy yield under part load and also enables more efficient utilisation of the inverter.  
Fronius IG 40 / 60

2004

Battery Charging Systems

First deliveries of Acctiva easy charging systems that communicate with motorcycle wiring systems.
ACCTIVA easy charging systems for motorcycle wiring systems

2004

Welding Technology

TIG product range extended with the addition of the MagicWave 4000/5000 and TransTig 4000/5000: these robust and powerful welding systems are available in Standard and Job versions. Active Wave provides a highly stable arc with minimum noise emission.

 

All high-performance Fronius welding systems are now fully digital, including the TIME 5000. Extended stick-out means up to 30 % improved wire feeding speeds or burn-off rate.

TIME 5000

2004

Solar Electronics

Fronius Solar Energy triples its production capacity from 70 MW to 200 MW! Additionally, inverters are UL certified for the USA, and the first sales partner for the Far East is won.
US-Inverter Fronius IG

2005

Battery Charging Systems

World premiere for the new SELECTIVA platform charging device with Active Inverter Technology for battery-friendly and constant charging.
SELECTIVA

2005

Battery Charging Systems

Market launch of new Acctiva Professional Flash chargers for supplying power whilst performing diagnosis on vehicles with in-car electronics.
Acctiva Professional Flash

2005

Welding Technology

CMT (Cold Metal Transfer) market launch. This new MIG/MAG welding process enables thermal joining of steel and aluminium and shows convincing performance with spatter free soldering of coated sheet metal and ultra-thin bonds.

 

The 100 percent digitally controlled welding system range is extended to include Resonant Intelligence with the TransPocket 2500/3500 – extremely robust, small, light, but powerful.

CMT

2005

Solar Electronics

Market launch of the first central inverter with Fronius MIX™ technology, the Fronius IG 500, in Europe and Korea. Multiple small power components in an inverter boost efficiency under partial load.
Fronius IG central inverter

2006

Welding Technology

“Welding Technology of the Year 2006 Award” for the welding processes Cold Metal Transfer and DeltaSpot.

Welding Technology of the Year 2006 Award

2006

Welding Technology

Fronius is bringing out its first plasma-cutting device. On the TransCut 300, a fluid serves as the cutting medium. This portable cutting system also sets up a brand-new benchmark for “green cutting”.

Market launch of DeltaSpot. The “world first” of this resistance spot-welding system is its spooling process tapes which protect both the electrodes and the workpiece, revolutionising the weld quality.
TransCut 300

2007

Solar Electronics

Market launch of the new grid-connected PV-inverters "Fronius IG Plus": New power classes expand the proven Fronius IG series. These high-tech devices include many advantages and grant maximum earnings security – in any weather!
Fronius IG Plus

2007

Company

Opening of the new production and logistics centre at Sattledt, Austria

 

Opening of the sales and service centre at Santa Catarina/Monterrey, Mexico and Missisauga, Canada


Production and logistic location Sattledt

2007

Solar Electronics

HyLOG presents a CO²-free internal logistics system in Sattledt with photovoltaic, electrolysis and hydrogen power. The project was honored by the Austrian Solar Award and the Energy Globe Award.
HyLOG: CO²-free internal logistics system

2008

Company

Fronius joins the WWF Climate Group.
WWF Climate Group

2008

Solar Electronics

Start of the service subsidiary of the Solar Energy division in Verona, Italy

2008

Solar Electronics

Fronius is honoured for the development of the inverter series Fronius IG Plus as well as for its outstanding service with the renowned „Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award 2008“.
Frost&Sullivan Gala

2008

Company

Groundbreaking of a research and development centre in Thalheim, Austria.

 

Expansion of the sales and production facility in Kiev, Ukraine.

Groundbreaking Thalheim

2009

Solar Electronics

Fronius and Frauscher present the worldwide first electric boat powered by hydrogen fuel cell.
Project boat

2009

Battery Charging Systems

Introduction of the professional power supply in the showroom. The Acctiva Seller is the ideal solution to drained vehicle batteries in showroom presentations.
Acctiva Seller

2009

Solar Electronics

The Fronius Energy Cell is the world's first TÜV Süd certified hydrogen-powered fuel cell system that generates electricity without any emissions whatsoever.

 

TÜV-Süd signet

2009

Solar Electronics

Premiere of the first transformerless PV inverter “Fronius IG TL” with standard system monitoring. It also has a unique feature in which a commercially-available USB stick can be used for easy system monitoring as well as simple inverter updating.
Fronius IG TL

2009

Solar Electronics

The Solar Energy Division is present in the subsidiaries in France and Czech Republic and launches a new subsidiary in Spain.
Expansion of the previous support- and service branch in Italy to a sales subsidiary.
Fronius subsidiary Verona (IT)

2009

Welding Technology

Fronius saw what was needed and developed a comprehensive solution about efficiently steel welding, whether in mechanical engineering, constructional steelwork, pipeline, crane, rolling stock and container construction, shipyards or other steel-processing industries:
Steel Transfer Technology. The long service life of the TransSteel devices is impressive, especially when they're being used all the time. What's more, they're even equipped to take advantage of future technological developments.
TransSteel

2009

Welding Technology

Fronius has developed a world first in welding torch technology that greatly increases the availability of the complete welding system for the user and delivers a much higher level of cost effectiveness through improved process stability, Contec. Compared with conventional contact tips, the user sees greater process reliability and a much extended service life for the contact tip. Contec contact tips have a service life up to seven times longer than that of their rivals.
Contec

2009

Company

Opening of the sales and service centre in Prague, Czech Republic.

Prague

2010

Solar Electronics

The Fronius Energy Cell is now in the 2 kW and 4 kW power categories in full-scale production. The first stage involves the fuel cell.
Fronius Energy Cell

2010

Battery Charging Systems

Market launch of the intelligent battery charging system for the workshop. The professional tool with animated display guarantees process reliability during diagnosis, software updates and service.
Acctiva Professional 35A

2010

Welding Technology

Fronius recognised the demand for a learning solution that is both efficient and environmentally friendly and developed a new alternative - Virtual Welding. The welder training tool consists of a simulated torch and workpiece, a PC and a screen. Even the arc and the weld seam, which is produced with all the right sound effects, are virtual creations. As a result, the amount of normal practice using real welding equipment is reduced considerably.
Virtual Welding

2010

Solar Electronics

Launch of the new „Fronius CL“ central inverter series. These inverters provide maximum earnings along with the highest system stability due to the combination of high-yield power electronics with a unique modular system design using the Fronius MIX™ technology. The Fronius CL with power classes 36, 48 and 60 kW is perfectly suited for PV systems of up to several hundred kilowatts.
Fronius CL

2011

Battery Charging Systems

Presentation of the Fronius whitepaper: “Decision-making tool for Intralogistics” at the CeMAT, the world's leading fair for Intralogistics in Hannover.
Fronius Whitepaper

2011

Company

Relaunch of the Fronius brand with “Shifting the limits”. The new corporate image was unveiled at the Cemat fair (Battery Charging Systems Division) in Hanover, at the ISSM (Welding Technology Division) and at the Intersolar fair in Munich (Solar Electronics Division).
New corporate brand

2011

Company

Completion and opening of the new Fronius R&D site in Thalheim, Austria.
R&D site Thalheim

2012

Company

Klaus Fronius and Brigitte Strauß become supervisory board members. Brigitte Strauß’s daughter Elisabeth Engelbrechtsmüller-Strauß is chief executive officer. The members of the management board consisting of Heinz Hackl, Thomas Herndler, Volker Lenzeder, Herbert Mühlböck and Otto Schuster are supporting her.
Fronius Management

2012

Company

Relocation of the Fronius USA national headquarters to Portage, Indiana.
Portage

2012

Company

Opening of new national headquarters for Fronius France in Roissy near Paris.
Roissy

2012

Company

Fronius Polska Sp. z o.o. is located in the South of Poland in Gliwice, in the Katowice Special Economic Zone. At this moment Fronius Polska specializes in two areas: Welding technology and Battery charging systems.
Fronius Polen

2012

Company

Since March of 2012, Fronius has a solar energy subsidiary in Shanghai.
Fronius China

2012

Solar Electronics

Product placement of the Fronius Agilo. As the first central inverter in its performance class that can be completely installed and maintained by the installer, the Fronius Agilo sets new standards. With a maximum output power of 75 kVA and 100 kVA the Fronius Agilo is particularly suitable for industrial or commercial systems.
Fronius Agilo

2012

Company

Opening of the new “Active Energy Tower” at the Fronius sales site in Wels, Austria.
Active Energy Tower

2012

Company

Official opening of the Fronius Spain national headquarters in Madrid.
Fronius Spain

2012

Welding Technology

Fronius combines with CMT Twin two independently functioning arc-welding processes in a single process. This novel twin-wire solution lets users exploit two cold-metal-transfer (CMT) processes, or combine a CMT process with a GMA pulsed-arc welding process, all within one single system. Thanks to the special performance attributes, CMT Twin is particularly well suited to welding light-gauge sheets at high speed, and for positional welding with high deposition rates yet without exceeding the optimum thermal input.
CMT Twin

2013

Solar Electronics

For the Solar Energy Division, 2013 is the year of innovation. To increase market, many product innovations are presented to the customers and introdruced to the market in the course of the year. The motto is:
'Why we love a challenge? Because challenges breed innovation.'

2013

Company

The Welding Technology division started cultivating the Chinese market directly with effect from 1st January 2013.
Fronius China

2013

Company

Fronius is proud of its excellent results in supplier assessments – these relate to meeting agreed deadlines and achieving quality objectives across the entire collaborative work process.
Supplier day

2013

Company

Fronius opened a subsidiary in India. Sales of welding technology and solar electronics will be handled directly by the subsidiary from mid-2014 onwards.
Fronius India

2013

Company

Fronius undertakes further projects to effectively reduce CO2 emissions within the context of the WWF CLIMATE GROUP and to increase energy efficiency at Fronius. Measures include switching over to energy-saving LED lighting systems, optimising our building systems controllers and using renewable energy whenever possible. If electricity is purchased, it will come exclusively from renewable energy sources.
WWF projects

2013

Solar Electronics

The future-proof inverter for small self-consumption systems.
With power categories ranging from 1.5 to 3.1 kW, the Fronius Galvo is perfect for households – and is especially suitable for self-consumption systems. The integrated energy management relay allows the self-consumption component to be maximised. A host of other smart features make the Fronius Galvo one of the most future-proof inverters in its class.
Fronius Galvo

2013

Battery Charging Systems

Presentation of the new three-phase Selectiva battery charging systems with the revolutionary Ri charging process during the intralogistics trade fair LogiMAT in Stuttgart.

2013

Welding Technology

With the new MIG/MAG weldingappliance platform TPS/i, Fronius is leading the industry into a new era. With it, users benefit from using individually customisable appliances that can also be subsequently upgraded and that stand out for their high intelligence and extensive communications functions. This makes the appliances easier to operate, multi-functional and able to deliver virtually limitless performance.
TPS/i

2014

Welding Technology

AccuPocket – the world´s first-ever portable, compact MMA welding unit to run on integrated lithium-ion batteries. This marriage of welding technology and rechargeable-battery technology lets users weld anywhere, whether there is a mains supply or not, and without any current cables.
AccuPocket
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