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Retrospective 2020

It is time for us to look back at 2020 which is coming to an end. A year unlike any other. This was the year where we should have celebrated our company’s 75 year anniversary with our first International Pruning Contest in Switzerland. Unfortunately it was the year of social distancing, wearing masks and the fear of a worldwide pandemic which impacted our  company and everyone’s day-to-day life.

But looking at the positive side, 2020 has been much more than that for FELCO ! The company successfully got through this period by adapting and sometimes reinventing itself.   The merger of our two companies FELCO SA & FELCO Motion enabled us to reinforce our position, identity and recognition, with various award received this year. We were able to launch a new range of personal protection equipment with 3 models of gloves, and a special and limited edition of our iconic FELCO 2 pruning shears decorated with iconic Swiss symbols and manufactured in a limited series of 750 pieces. A collector’s gift to slip under the tree!

The energy and motivation of people who are dedicated to FELCO:  our employees, subsidiaries and worldwide partners, our ambassadors and community of FELCO Lovers. People who carry the brand values ​​dear to our founder Félix Flisch: quality, innovation, know-how and sustainability and who have helped us reach our objectives by sharing these values. 2020 has prepared FELCO for one of our future targets : reinforcing our environmental and sustainable development commitments, which will be key central themes in 2021.

Discover below a recap of this exceptional year.

2020
Januar

AGROVINA – Martigny (CH)

FELCO was present at the trade show Agrovina, in Martigny (Switzerland) , the official international meeting for all professionals in the branches of oenology, viticulture, and arboriculture.

Discover the video of our 3 days there, marked in particular by the two demos given by Marco Simonit, SIMONIT&SIRCH – Vine Master Pruners !

Januar
DIGIVITIS

DIGIVITIS

The digital solution that will revolutionize vineyard management receives the innovation prize with a special mention „Coup de cœur“ from the Agrovina jury.

Februar
CROP TRUST

CROP TRUST

FELCO and Crop Trust get into the field in Costa Rica ! Our partnership with Crop Trust goes beyond an in-depth study to ensure the long-term conservation of the world’s only international coffee tree collection. Our colleague, Michel Ruiz, is training the CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) staff that takes care of the coffee and citrus collections.

Februar
PRESS REVIEW

PRESS REVIEW

Blog Le Temps – Raphael Rollier, passionate about the use of digital technologies to improve the quality of life and enable sustainable economic growth, is interested in our digital solution Digivitis, which is revolutionizing vineyard management.

Februar
INTERNATIONAL PRUNING CONTEST

INTERNATIONAL PRUNING CONTEST

FELCO postpones the first international pruning contest due to the coronavirus propagation.

März
COVID 19

COVID 19

Availability of FELCO tools.

During this difficult period, we want to reassure our customers about the supply of FELCO products and their availability in the market.

April
PRESS REVIEW

PRESS REVIEW

During this year’s pandemic crisis, FELCO gets closer to amateur gardeners.

We all have a lot to learn from this period. I had already seen, and I see it again today with my teams, this ability of human beings, when they are up against the wall, to reinvent themselves. This crisis will be a founding element, common to all.” – Christophe Nicolet Co-CEO of FELCO

April
PRESS REVIEW

PRESS REVIEW

„Digital disruption in the vineyards, an ecosystem story“ – Interview of Stéphane Poggi, Co-CEO of FELCO in the Repères Magazine of the Neuchâtel Chamber of Commerce.

CNCI Magazine Repères n°231 Grand Angle

Mai

PHOTO CONTEST

Instagram Gardening photo contest.

Take a creative gardening picture with your favorite FELCO tool. The prizes to win include 10 pairs of FELCO 2 or a grand prize of a fabulous set containing a FELCO 911 double holster, a pair of FELCO 2 pruning shears and a FELCO 600 folding pull-stroke pruning saw.

Juni
WEBINAR

WEBINAR

First Webinar hosted by FELCO with subsidiaries and key partners from 30 countries ! We are happy to share with our audience how FELCO is building its future while celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Juni
Swiss eShop

Swiss eShop

FELCO fans in Switzerland, professionals and amateurs, can now buy our products, their spare parts and our various accessories directly online on our Swiss eShop.

Juni
PARTNERSHIP – FELCO & GardenAnswer

PARTNERSHIP – FELCO & GardenAnswer

We are happy to welcome Garden Answer into the FELCO family and to celebrate our 75th anniversary together!

FELCO relies on its grassroots network of fans, professionals, hobbyists, and passionate retailers to advocate and distribute the FELCO brand DNA. That is why FELCO has chosen to partner with Laura LeBoutillier and her husband Aaron who are managing Garden Answer and have been able to harness a subscription base of over eight hundred thousand people and millions of views of their gardening tutorials.

Juli
FELCO & FELCO Motion merge

FELCO & FELCO Motion merge

FELCO joins forces to build the future.

FELCO SA merges with FELCO Motion SA, a spin-off entity founded in 2010 specializing in electric pruning tools and digital solutions. From July 1st 2020, the new FELCO SA entity will be managed by two Co-CEOs to strengthen industrial operations and customer development. As for the Board of Directors of this new entity, it will now be chaired by a woman for the first time.

September

AWARD Industrie 4.0 The Shapers

The Industry 4.0 Think Tank Manufacture Thinking associated with the Latin Chambers of Commerce and Industry awarded the Industry 4.0 The Shapers prizes.
One of the winners is Stephane Poggi, Co-CEO of FELCO who won a prize with the digital solution Digivitis.

Read the news

September

PARTNERSHIP – FELCO & GardenAnswer

How to Clean & Sharpen Your Pruners! Check out this interesting tutorial proposed by our partner Garden Answer.

Oktober

AWARD – AIP 2020

The Neuchâtel Industrial and Employers Association awards the 3rd AIP 2020 prize to FELCO which has trained several hundred apprentices and which promotes apprenticeships for the good of the regional and national economy.

Oktober

FPBS – New FELCO XPRO® blades

The FELCO Power Blade Series® range features FELCO’s latest cutting innovation, the FELCO XPRO® blades:

  • High Speed Steel (HSS)
  • Superior cutting performance
  • Longer blade life than conventional steel blades
  • Precision and efficiency in pruning to ensure a clean cut
Oktober

PRODUCT LAUNCH – New Gloves

FELCO launches a new line of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and a first range of pruning gloves, FELCO 701, FELCO 702 & FELCO 703.
Developed to protect hands against the risks of minor physical injuries while pruning, this new range of gloves is a natural addition to FELCO’s product range.

Read the news

Oktober
CROP TRUST

CROP TRUST

FELCO is proud to have supported and contributed to the implementation of an in-depth audit that suggests a sustainable way to harvest key international coffee, in partnership with The Crop Trust.

According to to this study, the 1,895 accessions in the 70 year old collection of #coffee at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), located at Turrialba in Costa Rica, are at risk.

November
NEW WEBSITE – 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary

NEW WEBSITE – 75th anniversary

A new website with multiple news and social wall dedicated to FELCO 75th anniversary and it’s FELCO 2 Special Edition.

November

PRODUCT LAUNCH – FELCO 2 Special Edition 75th anniversary

To celebrate our 75th anniversary, we have developed a special edition of our iconic pruning shears.

The “FELCO 2 Special Edition 75th anniversary” model, decorated with iconic Swiss symbols, which also reflect values of our brand, is manufactured in a limited series of 750 pieces.

Read the news

November

FELCO History & Future

Today FELCO is synonymous with quality and durability among pruning professionals. The FELCO brand is the culmination of 75 years of technological innovation at the service of pruning professionals.

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November

FELCO : a story of women and men

FELCO would not be what it is today without its people. Each and every employee is directly involved in our permanent quest for perfection throughout the manufacturing process.

November

FELCO knowhow

When designing and manufacturing tools at FELCO, we always keep in mind values such as reliability, durability, ergonomics and interchangeability of parts. These principles flow directly from the founder’s spirit, and can still be found today within our internal processes.

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November

Sustainbility

Respecting the environment and producing for and with nature, is a basic principle at FELCO. A leader in pruning shears and cutting tools integrated sustainable development long before the concept became fashionable everywhere. A discussion with Christophe Nicolet, Co-CEO of the company.

November
75 years of history while looking to the future

75 years of history while looking to the future

FELCO is the sum total of its 75 years of adapting to the market and constantly seeking innovation. The experience acquired and company’s strong values enable it to look to the future with confidence. FELCO’s Co-CEOs, Christophe Nicolet and Stéphane Poggi, explain this.

November

PHOTO CONTEST

Instagram Grape Harvest photo contest.

Take a creative grape harvest picture with your favorite FELCO tool. The prizes to win include 10 pairs of FELCO 2 or a grand prize of a fabulous set containing a FELCO 911 double holster, a pair of FELCO 2 pruning shears and a FELCO 600 folding pull-stroke pruning saw.

November

Sponsorship – Loanne Duvoisin

Loanne Duvoisin is passionate about cross-triathlon. This sport combines 1.5km swimming, 30 to 40km mountain biking and 10km running. She discovered the sport when she was 15 and it is still her passion today. She has been a member of the Swiss cross-triathlon team since 2018 and has been training from the beginning of the 2020 season with Team ATLET (Association Team Léman Espoirs Triathlon) based in Vevey. Today, at the age of 22, she is sponsored by FELCO.

Read the news

November
SOCIAL WALL

SOCIAL WALL

Share your experience with your favorite FELCO tool and use the hashtag #FELCO75years in order to celebrate with us our anniversary.
A selection of your posts, pictures, and videos will be published on our FELCO Social Wall.
Thanks to our FELCO Lovers who are our inspiration every day.

November
FELCO Power Blade Series – Videos

FELCO Power Blade Series – Videos

Learn more about our FELCO Power Blade Series® products and check out this Youtube playlist to discover our latest videos.

Dezember
FELCO 2 & FELCO 903

FELCO 2 & FELCO 903

The FELCO 903 Sharpener Keeps FELCO 2 Blades Sharp & Ready to Prune!

The FELCO 903 diamond coated sharpener is loved by professionals and non professionals to keep their pruning tools razor sharp and ready to cut. This sharpener is made 100% in Switzerland by FELCO and our local partner Atela.

Dezember
Dezember

Counterfeit products destroyed in Hungary

Hundreds of counterfeit FELCO 2 secateurs were destroyed in Cegléd, Hungary on December 3rd by the customs authorities. The counterfeit products, which were seized at the Hungarian border, were in a container filled with 1260 counterfeit secateurs and various other goods coming from China.

Dezember

PHOTO CONTEST

Instagram Holiday Season photo contest.

If you have worked hard to make your own Seasonal decorations, or have your FELCO tool in a festive setting share your pictures with us and the FELCO Lovers community
The grand prize winner will receive the FELCO 2 Special Edition 75th anniversary and the consolation prizes will include a fabulous set containing a pair of our new gloves FELCO 701, a FELCO 2 and it’s diamond coated sharpener FELCO 903.

Dezember
COVID 19

COVID 19

Wie hat das Unternehmen FELCO die Corona-Pandemie gemeistert?
Produktionsleiter Sébastien Nussbaum und Pierre-Olivier Matile, Verantwortlicher Sicherheit und Umwelt, halten Rückschau auf dieses Jahr mit seinen besonderen Herausforderungen.

Dezember
Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings

At this festive time of year, we would like to thank you for your precious support and trust.

We wish you special moments with your loved ones and wish you health and happiness. In light of the current global health and economic context, we sincerely hope that 2021 will be a year of good health and prosperity for all.