Chronicle of GEA

The new GEA
Year Milestones
2015 Implementation of a new integrated group structure embracing the two business areas “Equipment” and “Solutions” as well as uniform country organizations. Expansion of the technology portfolio by acquiring CMT, Comas and Hilge
2014 Divestiture of the Heat Exchangers Segment and decision to restructure the group 
2011 Acquisition of the Dutch-based Convenience Food Systems (CFS) company followed by its integration as a segment 
2010 Streamlining of GEA’s group structure, amalgamation of all heat exchanger activities with nine divisions being merged into five segments 
2008 "GEA" evolves into the group’s umbrella brand 
2007 Divestiture of the Plant Engineering Segment
2005 Company name change from mg technologies ag to GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft. Sale of the Dynamit Nobel Plastics business unit
Reconstruction and Globalization
Year Milestones
2004 Divestment of the chemicals division: sale of four out of five business units of Dynamit Nobel AG 
2003 Strategic reorientation of the group towards the manufacture of special purpose machinery with a focus on process engineering and components as well as plant engineering 
2000 Metallgesellschaft AG turns into mg technologies ag
1999 Metallgesellschaft acquires GEA AG
1996 Divestment of around 300 group companies. Focus on engineering and chemicals
1994 Start of a fundamental realignment of the MG Group marking the transition to an innovative technology group
1993 Loss-making oil business in the USA plunges MG into a crisis 
1992 MG enters the special chemicals sector by acquiring Dynamit Nobel AG
1991-1995 GEA intensifies acquisition activity (including Grasso, Niro, Westfalia Separator and Tuchenhagen) 
1989 GEA goes public.
Roots
Year  Milestones 
1945-1980 Following reconstruction, numerous product innovations ensure increasing commercial success
1939-1945 Extensive destruction of MG´s and GEA´s production facilities.
1920 Foundation of Gesellschaft für Entstaubungsanlagen (GEA)
1928 Loss of a large proportion of foreign investments during World War I. Start of chemicals trading
1882-1914 Being a global player, MG is represented on all continents. Investments in mines and metallurgical plants
1881 Metallgesellschaft AG (MG) established as a metal trading company.