Gesellschaft für Gerätebau (GfG) mbH

Gesellschaft für Gerätebau (GfG) mbH

Since the beginning in 1961, GfG has positioned itself as the leading specialist for gas detection and gas warning technology in the market. This position is enhanced by investment in technology and innovation. The knowledge of GfG’s specialists means that detection solutions are possible for the most difficult applications. GfG’s international subsidiaries ensure that our customers receive the very highest levels of product and support wherever they are in the world.

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710 Avenue West, Skyline 120, Great Notley , Braintree , Essex CM77 7AA United Kingdom

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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Air and Climate - Air Monitoring and Testing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1961

GfG is a world leader in gas warning and measurement technology and specialized in the development and manufacturing of high quality, robust and safe gas warning systems and sensors. 
GfG manufactures a wide range of both portable gas monitors and fixed gas measuring systems, which are capable of detecting and measuring a large number of different gases. Our instruments can detect even the smallest gas leaks with highly sensitive and specific sensors to provide early warning for the protection of people and plant.

Custom-made solutions
GfG products are designed for practically all applications where gas detection may be required, including: automotive, chemical and petrochemical, gas transmission and distribution, industry, shipping, power generation, food production, steel manufacture, mining, nuclear energy, construction, landfill operation, water and sewage management, fire-brigades, rescue services, hospitals, research institutes and universities – in fact any area where people and plant need to protected from gas hazards. GfG scientists work in close co-operation with leading research institutes, combining our 50 years of experience in gas detection with the latest technology to offer our customers the best solutions to their gas detection needs.

World-wide Reach
GfG is a truly international company, able to support our customers in any part of the globe. GfG has manufacturing facilities in Germany, Switzerland, South Africa and the USA. Further GfG sales and service centres are located in the UK, Austria, Poland and Singapore together with a world-wide distribution network. GfG has grown strongly in recent years and now employs over 250 people world-wide.

Quality
Safety and quality are GfG’s top priority. GfG is certified to ISO 9001:2008, as well asATEX and IECEx QAR QM . We seek continuous improvement to satisfy and exceed the requirements of our customers world-wide.

GfG is an independent gas detection equipment manufacturer specialising in the development and manufacture of high quality, robust, reliable, gas detection sensors and systems.

GfG manufactures a wide range of portable/personal and fixed point gas detection equipment, capable of detecting and measuring Oxygen, a wide range of toxic, asphyxiant and flammable gases.

Our equipment can detect the smallest gas leaks with highly sensitive and specific sensors to provide early warning for the protection of people and plant.

Custom-made Solutions

GfG products are designed for use in many applications where gas detection is required.

These include: automotive, chemical, petrochemical, gas transmission and distribution, general industry, shipping, power generation, food production, steel manufacturing, mining, nuclear energy, construction, landfill operation, clean and waste water, fire-brigades, rescue services, hospitals, research institutes and universities.

GfG's research and development scientists work in close co-operation with leading research institutes, combining over 50 years of experience in gas detection with the latest technology, enabling us to offer our customers the best solutions for their gas detection requirements.

World-wide reach

GfG is a truly international company, able to support our customers worldwide.

GfG has manufacturing facilities in Germany, Switzerland, South Africa and the USA.

Further GfG sales and service centres are located in the UK, Austria, Poland and Singapore together with a world-wide distribution network.

GfG has grown strongly in recent years and now employs over 250 people world-wide.

Quality

Safety and quality are GfG’s top priority.

1961
On 27 December 1961 Rolf Huebner founded GfG (Gesellschaft für Gerätebau) mbH.
The Dortmund mining authority gave GfG a contract to produce the portable gas warning device 'Methanprüfer K95' – the first electronic gas detector to be successfully used in the arduous environments found in coal mining.

1962
The methane testing set G 61 is added to the product range – coal mine “Minister Stein” orders more than 400 devices.

1964
The legendary gas warning devices “Evameter G70” and “G70P” confirm GfG’s position as the Number 1 supplier of portable gas detectors to the mining industry. Up to 1967 more than 15,000 “Evameter” are supplied to “Deutsche Steinkohle AG” alone.

1966
GfG starts to supply to the USA via NMS (National Mine Service) in Pittsburgh.
In the following 10 years more than 80,000 GfG gas warning devices of the GfG are supplied to the American mining industry.
In Germany, GfG is chosen as the specialist gas detection partner for “Ruhrgas” for the conversion of the Ruhr district network to natural gas.

1967
The GfG supplies portable gas warning devices for the mining industry to Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia, CSSR and the USSR. At the same time the GfG strengthens its contacts to the industry in Germany.

1969
GfG fixed gas detection systems for the mining industry, complete with wind velocity surveying instruments, are supplied to coal mines in Hungary, Yugoslavia and Poland.

1983
Hans-Joerg Huebner becomes Managing Director of GfG.
The Company now diversifies away from its’ core business of mining. Growing demand for higher levels of safety in gas handling and reliable gas detection systems, backed up by new, tougher safety laws and regulations give GfG the opportunity to apply its’ long experience gained in the mining industry to new market sectors.

1984
With a significant investment in R&D, new products are developed for specific market opportunities. GfG grows to over 100 employees.

1991
In Switzerland the subsidiary GfG AG is founded.
The Swiss company develops products for water measurement and, within a short time becomes the market leader for ion-selective survey equipment in refrigeration plants.

1997
In the USA GfG acquires “Dynamation Ltd.” and founds a new US-based GfG subsidiary.
This opens up the large US market to GfG gas detection products. The new company GfG instrumentation markets existing GfG products and also develops products uniquely for the American market.

2000
GfG expands world-wide.
In addition to the subsidiaries in the USA, Singapore, South Africa and Switzerland, a global sales network of distributors is created to provide sales and service support in many new territories.

2003
GfG Polska Sp. z.o.o. is established and GfG intensifies its activities in Eastern Europe.

2006
GfG Europe Ltd. is incorporated in the UK as the central distribution company responsible for sales and support for the non-German speaking countries of Europe. The location of “GfG Europe Ltd.” at Stansted airport means that customers across Europe can be offered next-day delivery for standard products.
GfG launches the revolutionary new G450 4-gas detector, which is the first gas detection instrument to win the distinguished red dot design award, for uniqueness if design and functionality.

2007
The new G460 6-gas detector, a sister product to the G450 is launched and creates huge interest in the market. Many gas detection users, who have suffered poor quality product and service from certain GfG competitors turn to GfG to find the high standards of quality, product features and service that they expect. User confidence in GfG products is underlined by the award of a large contract for supply of Microtector II G460 detectors to “Deutsche Telekom”- the largest multi-gas contract awarded in Europe in 2007.

2008
GfG continues to achieve strong growth, far in excess of the industry average. The number of employees world-wide rises to over 250. Further R&D developments mean that new and innovative products continue to be introduced.