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"We need a machine that is ahead of our times"


Film crews were to be found quite regularly at Fill in Gurten in recent months. They have produced short films about the milestones in the company’s history. In one of the videos, company founder Josef Fill explains how the first order for a ski production machine came about in 1970 from ski manufacturer FISCHER SKI, likewise based in the Innviertel.


By then, Fill had already developed a reputation for finding individual solutions for particular challenges. So it was that the young Josef Fill one day received a call from the local “ski czar” Josef “Pepi” Fischer. The assignment was clear: “Mister Fill, we need a ski production machine which is far ahead of the techniques and technology of our time.” This was the beginning of a successful partnership between the two companies, which has lasted until today. The ski machine developed and produced by 


Josef Fill brought about a revolution in ski production at the time. Meanwhile, every skier in the world – from amateurs to professional racers – uses skis made on Fill systems. The roots of this tremendous development therefore lie in a telephone conversation between two Innviertel entrepreneurs 51 years ago.