A long story
Founded in 1889, the Fabrique Nationale (abbreviated to FN) was set up to provide 150,000 rifles to the Belgium government.
In 1898, the FN began a long collaboration with a brilliant inventor, the American John Moses Browning.
From 1900, the FN decided to use its high level of mechanical skill in other areas such as motorbikes, cars and aeroplane engines.
Today, it has re-focussed on its historic activity through its three world-renowned brands: FN Herstal, Browning and Winchester, united under the Herstal Group.
The Herstal Group
Built on its dual activities (Civil and Defence), the Herstal Group has developed extensive expertise across its businesses, from conception (R&D) through to after-sales service by integrating, naturally, the manufacture and sale of its different products.
To do this, it has put in place a extensive international sales network and production units in Belgium, Finland, Japan, Portugal, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Its global approach, the quality of its products as well as their high level of innovation have made the Herstal Group a world leader in its different business domains.
The group employs approximately 2,500 people across the world, including 1,300 in Belgium (not including sub-contractors and partners) and in 2014 achieved a turnover of €675m.