19th century . Transport, a family business
The Friderici family has been active in the field of transport since the end of the 19th century. Starting at local level with the transport of timber, the business extended its activities to include first regional and then national operations.
1946 . Friderici launches international transport operations
At the end of the Second World War, Friderici transports Red Cross packages into France. This marks the start of the company’s international operations, which will form the basis of a reputation extending throughout Europe and as far as the Middle East.
1961. First beginnings in the field of lifting
Friderici acquires its first crane, marking its debut on the lifting market. With activities including handling and the transport of persons as well, this business unit continues to develop up to the end of the 20th century. Its growth is indicated by the increasing number of branches – from its first base in Morges, to seven branches in 2002. From this time on, Friderici is represented throughout the territory of Switzerland. In 2003 the company has almost 400 HGVs and 25 cranes, with more than 900 employees on its payroll.
Start of the 21st century . The years of transition
The start of the 21st century finds the company embroiled in financial difficulties which threaten its survival. The family is obliged to sell off real estate and the greater part of the business activities of the group. It seeks financial support to redress the situation. Several companies are given up, and some fields of activity are abandoned. The companies Friderici Spécial and Friderici Services are created. They are bought back by the family in 2005.
Today: strategic alliances
As of now, five representatives of the Friderici family work for the company – two of them (Jean-Paul and André) being of the fourth generation, flanked by three of their sons (Clément, Stéphane and Blaise). The family business is now entering into cooperative arrangements with European partners in the aerospace and energy industries. It has been involved in the Solar Impulse project, for instance.