Fischer is an Austrian company that produces Nordic skiing, Alpine skiing and Tennis equipment. It is one of the largest manufacturers of equipment in the world cup for both Nordic and Alpine skiing disciplines and manufactures a wide range of skis and ski equipment targeted against both professionals and amateurs. Fischer has achieved innovative success in both Alpine and Nordic in the last three World Championships as well as at the Olympic Games.
The company was founded in 1924 by Josef Fischer, a cartwright, in Ried im Innkreis, northeast of Salzburg, Austria. In addition to making wagons, he made an occasional pair of skis. By 1938, the company had significantly expanded its ski manufacturing, with 30 employees, and selling 2,000 pairs of handmade skis.
In 1949, Fischer developed the first ski press to speed up production, which was still by hand. By 1958, the company employed 137 craftsmen, and was manufacturing 53,000 pairs of skis annually. In that year, Fischer adopted its three-triangle logo. Fischer also introduces metal skis for the first time, on which Egon Zimmerman won the downhill at the 1964 Winter Olympics. The company has devoted considerable research efforts over the years to develop skis for racing, including alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and skis for attempting the world speed record.
In the early 70s, Fischer became the biggest ski manufacturer in the world. The Europa 77, with its fibre-glass technology, was revolutionary. In 2011, Fischer was able to present a world first: the VACUUM FIT. With this technology, it became possible to fully adapt the ski boots, making them more comfortable to wear.
At the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi 39 gold, 36 silver and 35 bronze medals were awarded to Fischer athletes. A total of 108 medals, which were won mainly in the Nordic disciplines.
The Fischer brand is primarily downhill skis, cross country skiing, downhill and cross-country boots, poles, clothing and tennis racquets of the highest quality.