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50 years of GGB Heilbronn GmbH

July 1, 2024


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Heilbronn, July 01, 2024 - GGB Heilbronn GmbH celebrates its 50th anniversary and looks back on half a century of innovation, growth and commitment. Since its foundation in 1974 as ihg Gleitlager GmbH (Industrie-Hochleistungs-Gleitlager), the company has developed into a leading supplier of high-performance plain bearings and tribology solutions.

A milestone in the company's history was the cooperation agreement with Glacier UK, which significantly boosted the company's internationalization and growth. The growing demand for the reliable and durable sliding materials meant that the company had to expand its production capacities.

In order to meet the increasing requirements, IHG invested in the development of a special parts production facility and the expansion of the production facilities. In 1991, the company finally relocated to the Böllinger Höfe in order to meet the increasing space requirements and to further optimize the production process. 

50 years GGB Heilbronn

GGB has production plants worldwide and supplies tribological plain bearings and coatings to a wide variety of markets. These products are produced to customer specifications in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and are specially designed to reduce friction and wear and thus increase service life. From polymer coatings and metal-polymer plain bearings to fiber composite plain bearings and engineering plastic plain bearings, as well as metallic and bi-metallic plain bearings, GGB offers a wide range of products that enable a world of motion.

"Our strength lies in our ability to constantly evolve and respond to the changing needs of our customers," said Thomas Beyer, Managing Director of GGB Heilbronn GmbH. "We are proud to be rooted in Heilbronn and look forward to continuing our success story." 

Since its foundation, GGB Heilbronn GmbH has achieved numerous technological breakthroughs and is an important part of the global GGB Group. With a focus on customers and quality, GGB Heilbronn GmbH has contributed significantly to the development of modern and more efficient plain bearing solutions.

Since the end of 2022, GGB has been part of Timken and benefits from an international network and state-of-the-art research and development. The outlook for the future is optimistic: GGB Heilbronn GmbH plans to further expand its innovation leadership and work even more closely with its customers.  

"We would like to thank all our employees, customers and partners for their loyalty and support over the past 50 years," concluded Thomas Beyer. "Together, we will shape the next decades just as successfully."

GGB Heilbronn GmbH continues to stand for outstanding quality, technological innovation and strong regional ties - a success story that is far from over.