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Milestones

  • 2000 - Today
  • 1950 - 1999
  • 1900 - 1949
  • 1892 - 1899
Today

The story of innovative and high-quality Gietz machines continues.

2019

New management under CEO Hansjörg Gietz in the 5th family generation. (f.l.t.r.) Marcel Gerber (Technical Director), Hansjörg Gietz (Owner and CEO), Daniel Sund (Head of Manufacturing), Michael Grau (Sales Director).

2018

Separation of Gietz AG in Gossau, under the lead of Hansjörg Gietz, from the Gietz & Co. AG in Dietlikon, under the lead of Patrick Gietz.

2017

Gietz celebrates its 125th anniversary with valued customers and partners coming from all over the world.

2016

Gietz AG signs an agreement with Newmec s.r.l. Italy to establish worldwide sale and service activities for the OEM Product Gietz “Secur 20 and 50”. The machine aired the first time at Drupa that year.

2015

At Label Expo in Brussels, Gietz presents the “ROFO 450”.

2014

Gietz celebrates 50-years at the location in Gossau and the 50th sold FSA 1060 Foil Commander to Gräfe Druck GmbH.

2012

The Gietz “HTF 940” tray forming and gluing machine is shown for the first time at drupa.

2010

The first “FSA 1060 Foil Commander NOTA” is supplied to a banknote printer in Russia. With this, Gietz offers a machine to cover the larger banknote sheet sizes, having many important capabilities for the banknote printing industry.

2008

At the drupa, Gietz presents the new electronic register system “SMART Register” for the FSA 1060 Foil Commander. Also featured is the newly designed web fed Gietz “ROFO 910” with a web width of 910 mm and a web speed up to 100 m/min.

2007

Foundation of Gietz Holding AG based in Gossau. The complete group then employed over 80 people.

2006

Patrick Gietz, son of Heinrich Gietz, joins Gietz & Co AG in Dietlikon.

2004

The first high performance platen hot foil stamping press Gietz “FSA 1060 Foil Commander", featuring a sheet size of 1060 x 760 mm, is launched at drupa 2004 - later installed at Gräfe Druck & Veredelung GmbH in Bielefeld, Germany.

2003

Hansjörg Gietz, son of Hanspeter Gietz, joins Gietz AG in Gossau.

2002

For the first time, Gietz presents the prototype of its first B1/40’’ size platen hot foil stamping press “FSA 1050” to the public.

2000

Gietz inaugurates the new 4-floor office building in Gossau.

1999

A ROFO 870 at Unique Images, Great Britain, is retrofitted with the first high performance foil transportation system Gietz “VACUFOIL”.

1998

Gietz installs the first web-fed, flat-flat hot foil stamping machine in the United States, bearing the name “ROFO 870”.

1998

Claudia Gietz, daughter of Hanspeter Gietz and the first to represent the 5th generation, joins the company.

1996

The Gietz machine for the gluing and forming of conical trays, named “HTF 940”, is brought on to the market.

1994

The first Gietz “FSA 870-PTP”, featuring a foil registering device to align to printed marks as well as sheet edges, ships to IPC&L, USA.

1993

Gietz delivers the first platen hot foil stamping press Gietz “FSA 870”, with a sheet size of 870 x 560 mm, to Japan.

1992

100 years company Gietz: The Gietz family celebrates this historical event together with 300 employees and business friends from all over the world.

1991

Gietz maintains long-term relationships such as the 99 years of cooperation with Johannisberg-Miller - with more than 500 jointly sold machines. This confirmed successful cooperation concluded with the takeover of Johannisberg-Miller in 1991 by MAN Roland.

1990

The Gietz “FSA 790-NOTA”; the first machine, dedicated to the transfer of OVDs on banknotes, goes to the Austrian National Bank.

1990

The site of Gietz AG in Gossau is enlarged by 2’000 square metres.

1989

The “FSA 790” presents itself with a larger stamping/sheet size. Toshima, Japan receives the first of its kind.

1986

Gietz installs the first “FSA 720” with electronic foil feeds and special equipment for the application of holograms on to banknotes at the Reserve Bank of Australia.

1986

Drupa 1986: Gietz launches the first automatic forming machine for paper plates – the “Variformer 640”.

1977

The first platen hot foil stamping press Gietz “FSA 720”, sheet size 720 x 520 mm, is installed at Thomas Waide, GB.

1974

First series of the Gietz “FSA 720” in assembly.

1972

At Drupa 1972, Gietz presents the “FSA 660”, the first automatic platen machine specifically designed for hot foil stamping in half sheet size.

1972

A platen hot foil stamping press Gietz “FE-N-BS”, featuring positioning devices for multicolour transfer foils, is delivered to Toin, Japan.

1968

The first Gietz “KK” machine for the gluing and forming of conical trays is added to the sales programme.

1968

Heinrich Gietz, the youngest son of Johann Gietz, joins the company.

1964

First platen hot foil stamping press Gietz “FE”, featuring adjustable dwell time, is installed at Eilerswerke, Germany.

1964

The production moved from Zurich-Oerlikon to Gossau near St. Gallen. The administration, sales and service department continued to be located in Dietlikon, near Zurich.

1962

The first platen hot foil stamping press Gietz “F-N”, is delivered. It featured a non-stop hopper feeder for easy and time saving handling of thick materials such as book covers.

1959

Hanspeter Gietz, son of Johann Gietz, is the first of the 4th generation to join the company.

1957

Gietz launches the first automated hot foil stamping machine in the world, the Gietz „F”. With a stamping size of 320 x 460 mm, the press processed paper and cardboard.

1949

The first paper plate machine Gietz „Z” is built, based on the platen press and equipped with heating and forming dies.

1942

The 3rd generation, with Johann and Werner Gietz, joins the company.

1925

Reference letter of 1925 from the company Buchdruckerei Grob & Zürcher.

1922

Due to its outstanding price performance ratio, Druckindustrie trade news press stated in 1992: “The Gietz Presto machine was known in the printing industry as the VW Beetle of the car market”.

1918

The company, then employing about 30 people, starts building its own book platen presses called “PRESTO”.

1917

Johann and Bernhard Gietz, the sons of Johann Friedrich Gietz, join the company as the 2nd Generation.

1894

Joh. Gietz & Co, Baumackerstrasse, Zürich-Oerlikon

1892

Johann Friedrich Gietz founds a company in Zurich-Oerlikon with the goal to sell and repair letterpress and lithographic printing machines from Klein, Forst & Bohn (later Johannisberg) in Switzerland.

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