1976 production of pressed ondulated panels started as a world novelty. This meant a massive improvement of quality.
For the 75 year anniversary of the business in 1978, Stefan Schmidheiny became president of the board of directors of Eternit AG and announced breaking news: Eternit AG would renounce the production of asbestos containing goods.
Within only 4 years new fibre mixtures were developed in the laboratories in such a good quality, that they were fit to be used for manufacturing. In 1984 already half of the production was asbestos free.
In 1986 the former Eternit AG was transformed into Eternit Holding AG. Simultaneously a new company named Eternit AG was established, comprising the factories in Niederurnen and Payerne, and the participations in Phonex AG, Wettswil and Montana Stahl AG, Würenlingen.
1987 - first time that the Eternit Award was granted. From that time on the award was set out every 2 years for all students of Swiss architecture universities and the prize attracted great attention. One year after being established, Eternit AG was transformed into Eternova Holding AG, which transferred the factories Niederurnen and Payerne to a newly established Eternit AG.
1989 Thomas Schmidheiny took over from his brother Stefan all shares of Eternit AG and the presidency at the board of directors. Eternit AG with the two factories Niederurnen and Payerne was integrated into a building material group of companies, that was later named Cemroc. With this, Eternit AG is no longer a part of the former Swiss Eternit Group of Stephan Schmidheiny.
1990 Anders Holte became the CEO of Eternit AG.
1993 sustainable manufacturing had been implemented. Material and energy flows have been integrated in ecological and produced goods are recycleable.
1994 the asbestos era comes to an end. The last tube containing asbestos leaves manufacturing.
1996 Eternit AG becomes one of the companies of the Holderbank Group.
Sales had been continuously dropping since the seventies, so that production of tubes was stopped in 1997. A new daughter company of Eternit AG named Etertub AG is founded, to distribute fiber cement and plastic tubing from Germany.
1998 Ondulated panels are now also manufactured in the new daughter company ESAL in Slovenia.
1999 establisment of new guiding principles that are still in force today. New industrial evolution and growth concepts are developed.