The engineering office G&G Beschläge GmbH is founded by the two partners Gerhard Koch & Gerd Freiberger in Gerhard Koch’s home in Vollmaringen, a suburb of Nagold. The company focuses on the development of fittings, essentially for connecting furniture, made of zinc, plastic and steel. The first letters of the founder’s names are used to form the company’s name.
Start of production of cam fittings made of zinc die-cast following the purchase of 2 die-casting machines from Frech and the opening of the pressure foundry in a production hall measuring 200 m² in Vollmaringen.
Expansion of the article assortment by the construction of an own tool moulding. A CNC milling machine and a CNC eroding machine are procured. The majority of the needed pressure moulds are now made in the company’s own Mould Construction department.
Production must be further expanded. Three-shift operation for production is introduced. The impressive growth in volume makes it necessary to purchase further die-casting machines from Frech. The majority of the needed pressure moulds are now made in the company’s own Mould Construction department.
The enormous growth requires relocation to the industrial area in Nagold. Following the move the production area is increased to 1,000 m². This increase in floor spaces enables investment in further machines. Ten machines and a central mechanical reworking facility are already in operation.
Change of management. Gerhard Koch leaves the company as is replaced by Ralf Nesch as the operational manager. First contacts with European contacts are made. The production systems are converted. The manufacturing structure is reorganised.
Increase in mould construction capacity with the launch of an extended two-shift model. Most of the moulds and equipment required are produced in-house. Expansion of the offering of the Engineering department with the introduction of a 3D CAD and a 3D CAM system. International sales activities are intensified. The first customer outside of Europe is supplied with standard fittings.
Creation of an independent service department is finalised. The company’s offering is extended with FEM calculation, rapid prototyping and rapid tooling. The reorganisation of Production is completed. Production is essentially automated. The first significant increases in production are achieved by means of corresponding developments on the machines.
All commercial and technical data are essentially available digitally. Communication in the company is guaranteed by universal networking of all PC workplaces. The business field is extended to include special mechanical engineering and special equipment construction. Production is boosted by 2 more machines to a total of 15. For the first time more than 200 million standard and special parts are produced and delivered internationally per year.
Service is enhanced with an outdoor store with a storage space of 1,000 m². The article assortment is completed by articles made of steel, wood and plastic. For the first time, complete fitting sets can be delivered to industry customers. First steps for digitally supporting production planning are taken with the integration of an initial PPS module in the existing ERP system. The first plastic parts to round off our service spectrum are developed. These are produced via an extended workbench in Eastern Europe.
The product pallet is increased by merchandise which cannot be assigned to the traditional production spectrum of furniture connection parts and which is primarily procured in the Far East. Production is expanded to a total of 16 machines. A new cooperation enables the labour-intensive working steps to be relocated to nearby Eastern Europe.
2,100 tonnes are processed annually by a total of 40 employees. We are listed as an A-supplier by all our customers. The storage space is increased to 1,700 m². The first customers outside of the furniture industry are supplied with customised products.
Connection of the logistics centre to central data processing. Expansion of logistical expertise and doubling of storage capacity. Further development of the peripheral machine park and increase in packaging capacity. Focus on sales activities beyond the furniture industry. Major increase in the number of special parts.
Packaging and dispatch are relocated to the logistics centre. Introduction of a new 5-axle CAM system. Extension of the mould construction to include a new 5-axle precision HSC milling centre and two modular spark erosion centres with changers for 28 tools. Expansion of Production to a total of 17 die-casting machines and a capacity of 4,000 tonnes per year.
IT upgrade and development of the intranet. Several networks are set up in all areas of the company. The focus is increasingly on the issue of software. The first projects for the special programming of companyspecific software modules are initiated.
Addition of 4 further automated casting cells to bring the total to 21 with a capacity of more than 5,000 tonnes per year. The major growth in volume must be reflected by an increase and expansion in machine and personnel capacities.
Conversion of intralogistics in production and further optimisation of the material flow. Inspection at the central reworking facility is replaced by a partially automated system which was developed in-house. The material flow is now adapted to the expanded capacities and is designed to be unmanned.
Increase in storage capacities together with the introduction of automated large-volume special packaging. The first work processes in the store are now based on scanners. Random warehousing is introduced.
Full integration of the PPS in our ERP together with the use of scanners for intralogistics in production. The first production machines are fed by a decentralised, automated material supply.
Purchase of an ultrasonic cleaning system for gentle cleaning and conservation of our moulds. Development and implementation of the third generation of standard moulds in connection with further developed casting cells result in a major hike in productivity.
Relocation of all administration and development departments to the new administrative building in Ferdinand-Porsche-Straße 46 in Nagold. The new and far larger premises allow further recruitment in design, development and sales.
Relocation of the logistics centre from Nagold to Eutingen, providing 1,000 additional pallet storage positions in the high-bay warehouse. With these 2,400 storage positions over an area of 1,600 m², we can guarantee a considerable increase in turnover together with a exceptional service quality. Connection of the production machines to our ERP system to enable digital real-time machine monitoring.
We celebrate our 25th anniversary and continue to improve our performance by consistently and continuously developing our moulds and machines. Our annual capacity for zinc die cast articles is now more than 6,000 tons. Successful initial certification in accordance with the quality standard DIN EN ISO 9001. We work in line with the standards of the environmental certification DIN EN ISO 14001.
Significant reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill by investing in improving the recyclability of our waste in combination with a corresponding management system. Introduction of a new automatic small load carrier and cardboard packaging system.
A new logo / corporate design is introduced as a basis for a new market presence. The company’s expanded expertise is to be communicated more clearly externally. Changeover of first processes from scanners to tablets. Commissioning of components for external module assembly is now ERP-assisted and takes place completely in a dedicated commissioning warehouse.
Expansion of the logistics centre to 3,000 m² and further integration of the logistics in the central planning process. The new high-bay warehouse with two narrow aisle devices offers a capacity for 2,400 pallet spaces. In total, we have a total storage capacity of 3,200 pallets.
Development and project-planning of the new production concept at the Nagold site. Initial experience in the field of AI for optimising production processes. Expansion of the maintenance department; a storage tower with ERP connection is added to maintenance.
To mark the company’s 30th anniversary, we achieved another record by delivering more than 1.5 billion single parts and assemblies. A focus on qualitative growth results in an excellent market position. The development of automated intralogistics in Production, including the integration of all subsequent process steps at the site in Maybachstraße 3, marks another milestone on our journey to unmanned production. As such, the handling of materials following the production of parts is fully automated and unmanned. The introduction of laptops in Mould Construction means all employees and workstations connected to the intranet.
Commissioning of automated material supply our casting cells aresupplied flexibly with the corresponding materials without any manual intervention Employee/machine communication is switched over to tablets in Production. The project to achieve unmanned production is realised. We can produce 20 t of finished goods with 2 employees per shift with a 3-shift system.
Changeover of tool and mould logistics from the pick-up to the delivery principle. The moulds and mould components are provided automatically to staff after being called up digitally via the ERP system. All process steps involved in mould construction and production are mapped and supported digitally. Order management and production planning are automated and optimised thanks to AI. Mechanical reworking is transformed so that all settings come directly
from the ERP system.
We are both happy and proud to announce that we have received the “Top Innovator 2021” award in the “Top100” competition. In this competition, particularly innovative medium-sized companies from all over Germany are judged by an independent jury consisting of recognized experts. When we entered the competition for the first time, we managed to place among the 100 most innovative companies in our company size classification within Germany.