Fortive, The Essential Technology Company
Although Fortive is a new company, our roots run deep. Our portfolio is built with strong brands that are established leaders in the markets they serve. Our operating companies have long histories of solving customers’ critical needs. And our heritage dates back to the earliest days of the globally renowned Danaher Corporation. This singular combination of past success and forward-focused innovation makes Fortive uniquely positioned to create, implement and accelerate progress.
In the early 1980s, Steven and Mitchell Rales envisioned a manufacturing company dedicated to continuous improvement and customer satisfaction, which led to the creation of Danaher. Danaher was one of the first companies in North America to adopt the principles of kaizen, a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement, and its unique and rigorous interpretation of this approach shaped the Danaher Business System (DBS). Fortive’s leaders have deep experience overseeing and implementing DBS, and will continue to guide its evolution as the Fortive Business System (FBS). Our business will evolve, but the guiding principles of FBS—continuous improvement and customer satisfaction—remain steadfast.
One of the keys to Danaher’s success was its creation of strategic platforms, each with sustainable competitive advantages and leadership positions in attractive markets. Over the years, Danaher’s portfolio evolved into an increasingly global, growth-oriented set of scientific and technological businesses, generating over $20B in revenue in 2015. In July 2016, Danaher separated into two independent, publicly traded companies: Danaher and Fortive. Fortive is now a focused industrial growth company driving innovation in the areas of field instrumentation, transportation, sensing, product realization, automation and specialty, and franchise distribution.
Fortive’s 24,000 global employees are united by a shared culture and led by experienced executives with over 100 years of combined Danaher experience. We are agile, inquisitive innovators who draw upon our strong tradition of success.
Everything we do is designed for a world that thrives on speed and rigor, and we are deeply committed to delivering essential technology that makes the world stronger, safer and better. We are passionate about powering progress at a global scale to advance the greater good.
This is our vision for the future—the vision we're aggressively pursuing—as we build a global diversified industrial growth company to drive the world’s essential technologies forward. Fortive is strength in motion.