GEA enjoys a rich history, rooted in the founding of the metals trading company Metallgesellschaft AG (MG) in 1881.
Based initially in Frankfurt with 40 employees, MG later added chemicals trading and the construction of plants for processing ores and the extraction of non-ferrous metals to its portfolio. When domestic mines could no longer satisfy Germany’s metal requirements, the company rapidly developed extensive relations abroad, also entering financing and later the shipping industry in the 1920s. By merging with the rapidly expanding Bochum concern – GEA – in 1999, from which it later took its own name, the company evolved into a global mechanical engineering company with deep process expertise across several industries.
During the last 140 years, our company has lived through many historic chapters, including world wars and economic challenges, phases of restructuring and name changes, punctuated by periods of geographic and portolio expansion. A near-constant feature in this long trajectory is our international reach and commitment to working across borders and cultures on behalf of customers.
Our business has greatly evolved since 1881. By adding companies with specialized competencies to the group, we have bolstered our portfolio and know-how in key sectors. Their histories are our history and over the decades many of these employees have joined GEA – further strengthening our expertise and reputation around the globe. GEA remains a dynamic company, continually evolving to meet changing customer and consumer needs.
This is a story of how a small-town Italian company merged with a German corporation to engineer for a better world.
GEA will invest around EUR 50 million in the modernization of its German centrifuge production facilities in Oelde and Niederahr by the end of 2024.
In 1862, brass foundry owner Peter Hilge set up a machining shop where he invented the world’s first wine pump. And 1962 marks the birth of a new generation of hygienic casted rolled stainless steel pumps, which has become popular today.
In 1931 Otto Tuchenhagen founded a small engineering business to develop dairy technology. His innovations went on to revolutionize hygienic processing in the dairy industry.
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