Values, quality, and innovation
Walter Büchi grew up in rural eastern Switzerland as the second oldest of seven children. His father, a cheesemaker and farm laborer, died young as a result of pneumonia. The family lived on the poverty line, but Walter Büchi took every opportunity to learn as much as he could. He gained knowledge in electrical engineering, and became interested in glassblowing. He practiced this demanding craft in secret. Shortly before the Second World War, he went into business for himself.