An increase in sales of 17% means that the company achieves its best results in its history. With the newly introduced profit-sharing scheme, all staff can share in this.
Ueli Hostetter becomes a member of the Board of Directors. Christian Rüegger takes over management of the finance department from Edwin Baumgartner-Brütsch, who remains as president of the Board of Directors. A profit-sharing scheme is introduced for all staff.
Ueli Hostetter becomes president and chief executive officer. The tools division launches its own "FUTURO" brand and the virtual "Toolshop" store on the Internet. After 9 years of committed work, Jürg Dellagiacomo retires from his position on the Board of Directors.
Brütsch Rüegger’s 120th anniversary Peter Dietze takes over management of the steel tubes division from Werner Fischer. Julius Rüegger resigns as a member of the Board of Directors and takes up a position in the Advisory Board. Werner Fischer and Dr Felix Egli are elected to the Board of Directors. The tools division makes an acquisition to add standardised parts for tools construction to its portfolio, creating a fourth product group.
Roger Klee-Baumgartner, son-in-law of Edwin Baumgartner-Brütsch is elected to the Board of Management. Christian Rüegger, a son of Julius Rüegger, joins the firm.
The office complex in Regensdorf is occupied by the employees of the steel tubes division. Staff in the financial department move into offices in the Tools Centre and the company's headquarters are moved from Zurich to Urdorf. With delivery of 2477 metric tons of steel tubes for the Pont de Lully trunk-road bridge, the steel tubes division celebrates the biggest ever single order.
First cut in the earth at the Regensdorf office complex. Felix Rüegger retires from the Board of Management after 47 years of committed work. His son-in-law Hanspeter Kunz-Rüegger is elected to the Board of Management in his place.
On 1 January, Ueli Hofstetter takes over the management of the tools division from Kurt Brunschweiler. Ernst Brütsch dies on 26 June. In this third year of recession, turnover falls back to levels of 1984, and unemployment in Switzerland is over 5%.
The global recession resulting from the Gulf War continues. The enormous insecurity in the steel market, and large-scale reorganisation by producers as well as mergers and closures are all cause for concern. After 62 years of committed work for the company, Ernst Brütsch retires from his position on the Board of Management.
Werner Fischer becomes a Director and takes over management of the steel tubes division from Bruno Eichholzer. Julius Rüegger hands over vice-presidency of the Board of Directors to Kurt Brunschweiler, who is new to the Board. Kurt Brunschweiler also becomes president and chief executive officer of the company.
The tools division moves from its Rautistrasse home in Albisrieden, Zurich, to the newly built Tools Centre in Urdorf.