Sky-Frame success story
A passionate orienteering and hiking enthusiast, Beat Guhl loves challenges. And not only when it comes to sport, but also when it comes to business: striving to achieve his goals with a great deal of motivation and drive, taking ideas for innovative solutions and turning them into reality, and always seeking to beat his personal best. Born in Eastern Switzerland, Guhl is married and a father of three, and manages a staff of 180 employees.
Having grown up on his family’s farm together with his three siblings, Beat Guhl started out his career with an apprenticeship as a metalworker. He went on to study metalworking technology and finished up his study as a certified Swiss Master in metalworking. At the University of St. Gallen, he completed his KMU-HSG post-diploma studies at the Swiss Research Institute of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship.
The international success story of a Swiss SME
His passion for tackling technical challenges and developing innovative products prompted him to construct large, flush-concealed and frameless sliding windows and doors that would create unprecedented opportunities for architectural and spatial concepts. By using large-format glass panels, Guhl breathes life into his vision: the perfect symbiosis of functionality, timeless design and Swiss engineering. In 2002, Guhl patented his Sky-Frame system, and the state-of-the-art solution went on to conquer the market. A major breakthrough came in 2010: Sky-Frame became the first-ever thermally insulated aluminum metal sliding window and sliding door to be certified.
US market commitment
American builders with high-end standards in terms of design and quality love the large sliding windows and doors «made in Switzerland» as they enable window facades and sliding doors up to 20 feet in height. With Sky-Frame even daring corner designs appear delicate; interior and exterior spaces merge into one another without any barriers.
We have experienced many needs for high quality sliding doors from the United States as well as visits to our Headquarters in Switzerland. To meet these requirements we have decided to open our own branch and showroom in Los Angeles back in 2014. “During my travels to the US I was fascinated by the craftmanship of the Getty Museum. I also visited many projects and have seen high quality results. The result of that work comes with the fact that a lot of companies focus on being the best in their field by concentrating on just one product. That opened my eyes, because with that strategy they can play in a very high league.” says Beat Guhl.
Many hurdles had to be overcome
The 180 employees strong company with its modern headquarters located in Switzerland are multiple award-winning master craftsmen and women. Sky-Frame has produced a high-end product which leads the world in terms of technology and now outperforms 30 competitors worldwide. In spite of that, the ten-member strong US team had to literally start from scratch – due to the fact that US regulations did not accept the EU testing process and data. Numerous new certifications had to be obtained for the US market. In Florida, the Sky-Frame system is even hurricane-tested.
Sky-Frame has established itself among developers and architects as the leading international supplier of sliding window systems and has branches in Switzerland, Antwerp, Vienna, London, Milan and Los Angeles. The family-owned company makes tailor-made architectural concepts and living spaces a reality around the world and – true to its brand promise – offers its customers “a view, not a window”. Sky-Frame develops and manufactures its premium products in Switzerland. In this way, Beat Guhl demonstrates his connection to the country itself – his home country, where everything began.
Development of Sky-Frame 3 Plain
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Sky-Frame worked with Stephan Hürlemann to create a unique exhibit for Milan Design Week, entitled “A Piece of Sky”
Development of Sky-Frame Plain and Pivot
Development of Sky-Frame Inline
Introduction of new drive (SI-1000)
Sky-Frame wins the Export Award of Switzerland Global Enterprise, the Prix Acier 2016, and the Architects’ Darling Award for the following categories:
- Gold for Best Website
- Silver for Best Social Media Presence
- Bronze for Best Advertisements
Move to new Sky-Frame headquarters in Frauenfeld, Switzerland
Sky-Frame awarded the Prix SVC Ostschweiz
Sky-Frame Slope and Sun developed
Sky-Frame 3P certified as the first MINERGIE-P-module metal sliding window
Sky-Frame Arc and Fly developed
Sky-Frame 3 achieves a maximum sound-reduction index of 44 dB (IFT Rosenheim)
Designers' Saturday Award in Gold for Sky-Frame
Sky-Frame active on almost every continent
Sky-Frame 3 certified as the first MINERGIE-module metal sliding window
R&G Metallbau AG certified to ISO 9001:2008
Awarded BATIMAT innovation prize in Paris
High-insulation Sky-Frame 3
Sky-Frame awarded Innovation Prize for Architecture and Technology
Network of distribution partners set up
First Sky-Frame system installed
R&G Metallbau AG founded by J. Rüegg and B. Guhl, initially with three employees