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History

1983

Foundation of the firm of HEROS Hot Runner Technology with two employees in Allendorf-Rennertehausen. A short time later the company’s name is changed to GÜNTHER Heisskanaltechnik GmbH.

1983 - Foundation of HEROS Heisskanaltechnik
1984

March: order for the first nozzle. April: order for the first hot runner system.

1984 - Order for the first nozzle
1985

Start of the co-operation with the WESCHU agency in Nuremberg. By now the company has 10 employees and at the end of the year moves to Frankenberg, into the premises of the former PC Neumann weaving mill. In addition to the growing business in Germany, we start exporting abroad.

1985 - Start of the co-operation with the WESCHU agency in Nürnberg
1986

For the first time GÜNTHER Heisskanaltechnik exhibits at the world's largest plastics fair. Agencies are set up in Austria (Dipl.-Ing. H. Günther Ges.m.H.) and in the Benelux states (TB-Bäcker).

1986 -For the first time GÜNTHER Heißkanaltechnik exhibits at the world's largest plastics fair
1988

Agencies are set up in England (GÜNTHER U.K. LTD.) and Italy.

1988 - Vertretungen in England (GÜNTHER U.K. LTD.) und Italien werden aufgebaut.
1990

The demand for GÜNTHER Hot Runner Systems rises rapidly and accordingly the number of employees increases to 40.

1990 - The demand for GÜNTHER Hot Runner Systems rises rapidly and accordingly the number of employees increases to 40.
1991

Agencies are added in France (GÜNTHER France S.A.) and Finland and the 50th employee is hired.

1991 - Agencies in France and Finnland
1992

GÜNTHER conquers the market in America. Foundation of the GUNTHER Hot Runner Systems Inc. subsidiary in Chicago. In addition to the 5-V technology a 230-V system is developed in order to be able to serve broader market segments.

1992 - GÜNTHER conquers the market in America.
1993

The Römhild industrial agency serves the customers in the east of Germany.

1993 - The Römhild industrial agency serves the customers in the east of Germany.
1995

The number of employees reaches 88 and the first 24-V system is produced. By designing hot-runner systems in three operating voltages, the company creates a unique position for itself throughout the world. Günther is represented in the Czech Republic now too.

1995 - Günther is represented in the Czech Republic now too
1996

The international presence is expanded further with the addition of agencies in Switzerland, Portugal and Brazil.

1996 - The international presence is expanded further with the addition of agencies in Switzerland, Portugal and Brazil.
1997

Co-operation starts with an agency in Israel.

1997 - Co-operation starts with an agency in Israel.
1998

The export business is accelerated by presentations at trade fairs in USA, Brazil, Scandinavia, Italy and France and the number of employees rises to 113. An agency is set up in Poland (GÜNTHER Poland).

1998 - The export business is accelerated by presentations at trade fairs in USA, Brazil, Scandinavia, Italy and France and the number of employees rises to 113. An agency is set up in Poland (GÜNTHER Poland).
1999

In addition to agencies in Spain, Slovenia and Denmark, GÜNTHER is also active in Asia and agencies are set up in Taiwan and Hong Kong. The number of employees increases to 120 and the premises are no longer large enough. In July therefore the sod is turned for a new building on a 15,000 sq. m site not far from the old company base. Already at the end of the year the 3,000 sq. m factory hall is ready and production moves into the new building at the turn of the year. April sees the completion of the second phase of the construction of the new administration building and administration moves into the 1,500 sq. m building. With this new company building extending over a total area of 4,500 sq. m, we now have the right conditions for further expansion.

1999 - April sees the completion of the second phase of the construction of the new administration building and administration moves into the 1,500 sq. m building.
2000

In addition to the new construction, investments are made in machinery to the value of a good 1 million Mark: two cylindrical grinding machines, a 5-axis CNC milling machine, a measuring machine and two lathes are purchased. In this year alone 20 people are hired and the total number of employees rises to 140.

2000 - In this year alone 20 people are hired and the total number of employees rises to 140.
2001

GÜNTHER Hot Runner Technology is now represented in 19 countries and even with a manufacturing plant in Chicago (USA). Exports amount to 45%.

2001 - GÜNTHER Hot Runner Technology is now represented in 19 countries and even with a manufacturing plant in Chicago (USA)
2002

Commencement of the L.I.F.E. project with B. Braun, Melsungen. GÜNTHER Hot Runner Technology is part of the advisory team. July: The 100,000th nozzle is handed over to Mr Auer from Megaplast. GÜNTHER is represented in India by the firm of Nitoo Sales.

July 2002: The 100,000th nozzle is handed over to Mr Auer from Megaplast.
2003

By now the company has 180 employees and GÜNTHER Hot Runner Systems are in use in almost all areas of plastics processing. GÜNTHER celebrates its 20th jubilee in style. Our modern machinery is expanded by a milling centre from the firm of Deckel Maho, a TBT deep hole drilling centre, 2 Spinner CNC lathes and a Kellenberger grinding machine. An agency in Hungary is added.

2003 - GÜNTHER celebrates its 20th jubilee in style
2004

GÜNTHER Hot Runner Technology participates in the K fair (for the first time the stand is over 90 m² in area) and presents the new PM needle guide in the LA and VA versions. Management is expanded with the appointment of Ms S. Sommer as a member of the directorate as part of Mr Günther’s plan to facilitate a “gentle” transition to the further management of the company. L.I.F.E. project by B. Braun, Melsungen. In February 2004 the first bottles are filled. GÜNTHER Italian is founded and in Korea co-operation is started with the firm of IMTS.

2004 - GÜNTHER Hot Runner Technology participates in the K fair
2005

Hot runner forum in Frankenberg on 21. April with the theme of the advantages of modern hot runner technology in connection with challenging materials. Over 100 participants find this event excellent. Mid-2005: GÜNTHER USA moves into new company premises in West Chicago. Project L.I.F.E. B. Braun, Melsungen: the system has been running under full load since the beginning of the year. GÜNTHER Hot Runner Technology presents at the Chinaplas in the People’s Republic of China for the first time. May 2005: GÜNTHER Hot Runner Technology is now represented in Portugal by Newserve Ltd., based in Gandara dos Olivais, Leiria.

2005 - Hot runner forum in Frankenberg on 21. April with the theme of the advantages of modern hot runner technology in connection with challenging materials.
2006

In March GUENTHER Hot Runner Systems (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is founded as a subsidiary in the People’s Republic of China. In May 2006 the GÜNTHER CADHOC System Designer is presented to the relevant trade world. The first configurator to make a hot-runner system incl. negative volumes and price information (PDF) available online within a very short time. CADHOC road show with events in England, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Portugal. Investments in modern machinery come to over 1,700,000.– EURO.

2006 - In March GUENTHER Hot Runner Systems (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is founded as a subsidiary in the People’s Republic of China.
2007

2-C mould 64 + 64-cavity delivered to England for clean room production. More investments in modern machinery 1,500,000.- EURO. Installation of clean room production. Exhibitor at the K 2007 in Düsseldorf.

2007 - 2-C mould 64 + 64-cavity delivered to England for clean room production.
2008

GÜNTHER Hot Runner Technology celebrates its 25-year jubilee. In conjunction with the jubilee, symposia are held in Jena, Graz, Nuremberg, Porta Westfalica, Karlsruhe and in Frankenberg. Ground-breaking ceremony on 14 May for the construction of the hall extension. GÜNTHER now has a further 1,800 square metres of production area. Investment volume 2.2 mn EURO. A further 1.5 mn EURO is invested in highly modern machinery and 15 to 20 new workplaces are created. Completion scheduled for October 2008. Celebration in the new hall on 2 October. Employees: GÜNTHER now has about 200 employees. GÜNTHER Hot Runner Systems are in use in almost all areas of plastics processing. The precision of GÜNTHER Hot Runner nozzles is appreciated in the automobile industry, electrical industry, in electronics and information technology as well as in medical and laboratory technology.

2008 - GÜNTHER Hot Runner Technology celebrates its 25-year jubilee.
2009

Continuous investment in our own products and manufacturing technology has enabled our company to come through the difficult year of 2009 in a much better position than the industry average. We used the time of crisis to consolidate internal procedures and make them more effective. We also pressed ahead with numerous developments.

2009 - Continuous investment in our own products and manufacturing technology has enabled our company to come through the difficult year of 2009 in a much better position than the industry average.
2010

Launch of the “BlueFlow® hot-runner nozzle” product at the K2010. Ten years of research and development including practical trials with pilot users have made the new BlueFlow® hot-runner technology possible. The “blue nozzle” became very well known on the market after its presentation at the K2010. Quality assurance system: recertification in August 2010 on the basis of DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 by TÜV Hessen (the Technical Control Association in the federal state of Hessen).

2010 - BlueFlow
2011

Employees: over 200. Apprentices: 20. One-year work experience placements: 3. Student at a Berufsakademie (University of Co-Operative Education): 1 employee. Studium-Plus (work&study programme): 4 employees.

2011 - Over 200 employees
2012

A one-day symposium was held in March for materials suppliers and a two-day symposium with the theme of “An Efficient Interaction of Mould and Hot-Runner Technology for an Optimum Injection Moulding Process!“ was held in June for our customers. Modernisation and expansion of our machinery. December 2012: the first after-work (4 – 6 p.m.) hot-runner meeting will be held in Dinklage. Employees: more than 200. Apprentices: 20 and One-year work experience placements: 4 . Student at a Berufsakademie (University of Co-Operative Education): 1 employee. Studium-Plus (work&study programme): 2 employees.

2012 - Fast Flow
2013

30 years of GÜNTHER Hot-Runner Technology. Exhibitor at the K2013 in Düsseldorf. Agents’ Meeting in Düsseldorf. Apprentices: 15 and 1 trainee from an upper secondary specialised school and 2 students. Günther Hot-Runner Technology can look back on a long tradition in training young people, in which since 1987 it has enabled 57 young people to successfully acquire vocational qualifications.

30 Jahre GÜNTHER Heisskanaltechnik
2014

2014 was a successful year for us. The future looks set for growth and expanding market shares. This will be accompanied by further substantial investment in the Frankenberg location. Employees: 17 apprentices, 1 student and 2 interns from a vocationally-oriented upper-secondary school have received training in the ongoing training year.

2014 was a successful year for us.

Contact

+49 (0) 6451 / 5008 - 0
info[at]guenther-heisskanal.de

Trade fair dates

Interplas, Birmingham, UK

26. - 28.09.2017

26. September 2017