From the fur business to partner to BMW, Rolls Royce and MercedesCarolin Gley, Event and Project Management for the Economic Region of Upper Franconia
Over 40 participants took part in a company tour organized by the Economic Region of Upper Franconia. They had a chance to look behind the scenes of the family-run, independent plastics company, GEALAN Formteile GmbH. What was established as a fur company by Managing Director Thomas Fickenscher’s grandfather in 1921 developed into the plastics processing company GEALAN in the 80s and became GEALAN Formteile GmbH in 1985. Today the company is one of the largest employers in Upper Franconia, currently employing close to 650 people, and is a development partner and supplier to renowned carmakers such as BMW, Rolls Royce and Mercedes. GEALAN develops and manufactures technical injection moulded parts and assemblies. The GEALAN portfolio is complemented by other areas of specialization such as heating and hot water applications and fluid engineering.
Both managing directors are true to their origins: “Upper Franconia, a better Bavaria!”. Fickenscher and Laubmann retained all of their employees during the 2008 financial crisis, despite its impact on GEALAN. Five short years later, the plastics manufacturer made further investments in large-scale machines with up to 2,400 tons of clamping force and expects to achieve revenues of 71.7 million euros in 2017. Moreover, the company was recognized as one of “Bavaria’s Best 50” by the Bavarian State Ministry in 2013.
Caption: The over 40 participants had a chance to look behind the scenes at GEALAN Formteile GmbH during the company tour on 26 June.