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We are GC-heat

Since 1947 the specialist for heating elements

We are GC-heat

Since 1947 the specialist for heating elements


Medium-sized, globally successful and already in the third generation – that’s who we are.

We are GC-heat.

At our headquarters in Waldbröl, Germany, we’ve been developing and manufacturing innovative and high quality products for our customers for more than 70 years. Of course our employees are playing the key role in this. Every day, they strive to provide you with the best solution possible.

The highest degree. That’s what we have committed ourselves to. That’s the way we have become one of the leading manufacturers of industrial electric heating elements in Europe.

Carsten Pies and Sven Gebhard
Managing Directors

The highest degree

Outstanding performance in every respect


As one of Europe’s leading specialists in the production of electric heating elements we proudly look back on a long history of over seven decades as an owner-managed medium-sized business.

With our broad range of products from delicate tool and mould heating systems to powerful heating elements for liquid and gaseous heating we are highly familiar with most use cases for industrial heating.

In search of the perfect heating solutions for our customers we put 100% of the expertise, experience and development skills built up by the knowledgeable staff at our Waldbröl site into the manufacturing of high-quality heating products to suit individual requirements. For the highest degree of quality – made in Germany.

If you would like to learn more about how we apply our value culture in our daily work and our interactions with customers, suppliers and employees, we will be happy to explain by means of our partnership continuum.

The GC-heat partnership continuum

Attributes that set us apart


The GC-heat management team has developed the partnership continuum framework in order to visualise the guiding principles we aspire to follow in our interactions with people within and outside our company. We held numerous workshops with our entire staff to define these attributes for ourselves, filling them with life.

Partnership was and remains our most important pillar. We aim to achieve long-term success by interacting fairly, openly and collaboratively.

PARTNERSHIP

We interact openly and fairly.


Our partners are customers, suppliers and colleagues. We strive to establish long-term and sustainable partnerships, and want to meet others as equals and communicate openly. Partnerships benefit everyone involved; they foster trust, provide stability and promote growth.

CONTINUITY

We work constantly on our success and keep our eye unwaveringly on the ball.


What continuity means for us is consistency, sustainability and clear focus. Only if we continuously pursue our interests, question our actions and meet our challenges can we be successful.

EXCELLENCE

We strive to improve every day.


We want to do outstanding work in order to be among the best. To permanently follow the path to excellence is our goal. Excellence is never “done”. We value the mindset of aspiring to perform exceptionally even in the face of difficulty and thereby set ourselves apart.

We want to offer the best solutions in terms of products, services and processes.

TEAM EFFORT

We pull together and work towards a common goal.


We are a community. Each of us understands their role and their duties. Each of us lives up to their responsibilities. We help and support each other. Each of us contributes their strengths. We work together and for each other, never against each other. We do not think in terms of individual remits, but instead focus on the common goal. As a whole we are stronger than the sum of our parts.

INDIVIDUALITY

We see diversity in our team and in the requirements of our customers as an opportunity.


Individuality demands flexibility of us and enriches us, it brings us a range of strengths, opportunities and challenges. One of our distinctive abilities lies in fulfilling special customer requests.

INNOVATION

We question the status quo, think ahead and seek new, creative solutions.


We find these by making room for new and different ideas. We seek ways to improve, and view challenges as opportunities to deliver unprecedented solutions, to innovate. We want to be at the forefront of development.

FLEXIBILITY

We adapt in an agile manner to changing circumstances.


Facing new challenges and situations every day, we respond quickly and straightforwardly.

PASSION

We love what we do and are passionate about our work.


We want to energise others. Our passion engenders an ambition to sustainably pursue our goals, to seek out competition. Our passion is the answer to the question “why” and provides meaning. It creates commonality, makes us stronger as a team and allows us to achieve our intended goals.

TRUST

We understand our strengths and keep our promises. For us, trust represents the foundation of any collaboration or relationship.


We live up to the trust placed in us and thereby create a basis for delegating or taking on responsibility. Delegating creates efficiency. Trust makes monitoring expendable.

RESPONSIBILITY

We understand our duties and meet the expectations placed on us.


Each of us works independently. When we transfer responsibility, we provide leeway to make independent decisions and live up to that responsibility. This latitude builds confidence and makes us stronger collaborators, but it is also an obligation.

We see mistakes as opportunities to improve and learn. If something goes wrong, we admit to our mistakes, learn from them and do what we can to limit the damage.

History

At your service since 1947


2010er

2018

GC-heat is repeatedly awarded for Outstanding Performance in Vocational Training

2017

Opening of our Chinese subsidiary GC-heat Technology (Kunshan) Co. Ltd.

70th GC-heat anniversary

2016

Launch of GC-flange EX

2015

Launch of GC-cart EX

Opening of the new production hall

2014

Carsten Pies becomes Technical Director

2013

New marketing approach (web, catalogues, fairs)

Product launches at K 2013

2012

Implementation of LEAN management Opening of a sales office in China

Chinaplas 2012

2011

Apprenticeship at GC-heat: the apprentice team 2011

2010

GC-flex-D shape, the best GC-flex for rounded grooves is introduced.
Expansion into China: For the first time in its corporate history, GC-heat is an exhibitor at the Chinaplas in Shanghai and the Asiamold in Guongzhou.
GC-heat is honoured as vocational training company of the month from the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and as a top-level educator by the German Federal Employment Agency.

District Administrator Hagen Jobi, District Director Jochen Hagt, Prof. Dr. Simone Bölinger and Wilfried Holberg at GC-heat

2000er

2009

GC-tube hermetic, the hermetic technology for customers in the field of gas and liquid heating is introduced.
With GC-coil hermetic safe + GC-heat is the first manufacturer to offer a three-year warranty for a coil heater.
GC-heat makes it to the TOP5-finals of the “Educator of the Year” competition from the Chamber of Commerce, Cologne.

Bodo Löttgen and Peter Biesenbach (both MdL - Members of the State Assembly) at GC-heat during the K 2009

2008

Expansion: The Waldbröl facility is expanded by a two-story administration and production building.

Foundation stone ceremony - Sven Gebhard Architect with Rolf-Dieter Klein and Mayor Peter Köster

2007

Giacinto Castiglia leaves the Management Board and hands over his seat to the shareholder Sven Gebhard (grad. Industrial Engineer, MBA).

2006

Mr Martin Gebhard (grad. Engineer) leaves the Management Board after three decades.
The GC-coil 1.8 x 3.2 with an optionally integratable FeCuNi thermocouple is presented.

2005

GC-coil fix, the self-clamping nozzle heater is presented to the public.

GC-coil

2003

The GC-coil, which is protected against moisture is optimized and with the GC-jacket GC-heat developed a lean, maintenance-free clamping mechanism for nozzle heaters.

Corporate restructuring - Gebhard Elektrowärme is transformed into GC-heat

2002

Mr Giacinto Castiglia becomes the Managing Partner of the company. The brand GC-heat is established.
Development and market launch of the patented flexible tubular heating element GC-flex.

Gebhard plus Castiglia equals GC-heat
GC-flex

1990er

1997

Expansion of the production floor space. Setting up of a production line for high density tubular heating element.

Liquid and gaseous heating

1996

50-years company anniversary.

Wolf Gebhard mit einer Jubilarin

1992

Team Gebhard electric heat

1990

Production facility Waldbröl and the heater cartridges catalog

1980er

1983

Sven Gebhard during the supervision of new building construction in Waldbröl

1981

Start of production for high density heating elements. For this, a facility consolidation of the entire production with an expanded production floor space was performed at the current location in Waldbröl.

Martin und Wolf Gebhard mit Betriebsleiter und einer Jubilarin
Bezug der neuen Räumlichkeiten in Waldbröl 1981

1970er

1976

Mr Martin Gebhard (grad. Engineer) joins the company as a Managing Partner.

1973

Production of heater cartridges

1960er

1968

Production of electric heating flanges

1965

Gebhard Elektrowärme expands. An additional production facility for the series production of heating cartridges for absorption refrigerators is set up in Nümbrecht.

1960

The production is expanded. Expansion of product range through the manufacturing of electric heating flanges.

1950er

1956

Wolf Gebhard with authorized officer Ludwig Schäfer

Company founder Wolf Gebhard at a Christmas party

1951

The second production facility in Nümbrecht

Company Foundation

1947

Mr Wolf Gebhard (grad. Engineer) lays the foundation for today's GC-heat with the founding of Gebhard Elektrowärme in Waldbröl. Core business at that time: the manufacture of cartridges for tool heating and radiators.

2010er

2018

GC-heat is repeatedly awarded for Outstanding Performance in Vocational Training

2017

Opening of our Chinese subsidiary GC-heat Technology (Kunshan) Co. Ltd.

70th GC-heat anniversary

2016

Launch of GC-flange EX

2015

Launch of GC-cart EX

Opening of the new production hall

2014

Carsten Pies becomes Technical Director

2013

New marketing approach (web, catalogues, fairs)

Product launches at K 2013

2012

Implementation of LEAN management Opening of a sales office in China

Chinaplas 2012

2011

Apprenticeship at GC-heat: the apprentice team 2011

2010

GC-flex-D shape, the best GC-flex for rounded grooves is introduced.
Expansion into China: For the first time in its corporate history, GC-heat is an exhibitor at the Chinaplas in Shanghai and the Asiamold in Guongzhou.
GC-heat is honoured as vocational training company of the month from the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and as a top-level educator by the German Federal Employment Agency.

District Administrator Hagen Jobi, District Director Jochen Hagt, Prof. Dr. Simone Bölinger and Wilfried Holberg at GC-heat

2000er

2009

GC-tube hermetic, the hermetic technology for customers in the field of gas and liquid heating is introduced.
With GC-coil hermetic safe + GC-heat is the first manufacturer to offer a three-year warranty for a coil heater.
GC-heat makes it to the TOP5-finals of the “Educator of the Year” competition from the Chamber of Commerce, Cologne.

Bodo Löttgen and Peter Biesenbach (both MdL - Members of the State Assembly) at GC-heat during the K 2009

2008

Expansion: The Waldbröl facility is expanded by a two-story administration and production building.

Foundation stone ceremony - Sven Gebhard Architect with Rolf-Dieter Klein and Mayor Peter Köster

2007

Giacinto Castiglia leaves the Management Board and hands over his seat to the shareholder Sven Gebhard (grad. Industrial Engineer, MBA).

2006

Mr Martin Gebhard (grad. Engineer) leaves the Management Board after three decades.
The GC-coil 1.8 x 3.2 with an optionally integratable FeCuNi thermocouple is presented.

2005

GC-coil fix, the self-clamping nozzle heater is presented to the public.

GC-coil

2003

The GC-coil, which is protected against moisture is optimized and with the GC-jacket GC-heat developed a lean, maintenance-free clamping mechanism for nozzle heaters.

Corporate restructuring - Gebhard Elektrowärme is transformed into GC-heat

2002

Mr Giacinto Castiglia becomes the Managing Partner of the company. The brand GC-heat is established.
Development and market launch of the patented flexible tubular heating element GC-flex.

Gebhard plus Castiglia equals GC-heat
GC-flex

1990er

1997

Expansion of the production floor space. Setting up of a production line for high density tubular heating element.

Liquid and gaseous heating

1996

50-years company anniversary.

Wolf Gebhard mit einer Jubilarin

1992

Team Gebhard electric heat

1990

Production facility Waldbröl and the heater cartridges catalog

1980er

1983

Sven Gebhard during the supervision of new building construction in Waldbröl

1981

Start of production for high density heating elements. For this, a facility consolidation of the entire production with an expanded production floor space was performed at the current location in Waldbröl.

Martin und Wolf Gebhard mit Betriebsleiter und einer Jubilarin
Bezug der neuen Räumlichkeiten in Waldbröl 1981

1970er

1976

Mr Martin Gebhard (grad. Engineer) joins the company as a Managing Partner.

1973

Production of heater cartridges

1960er

1968

Production of electric heating flanges

1965

Gebhard Elektrowärme expands. An additional production facility for the series production of heating cartridges for absorption refrigerators is set up in Nümbrecht.

1960

The production is expanded. Expansion of product range through the manufacturing of electric heating flanges.

1950er

1956

Wolf Gebhard with authorized officer Ludwig Schäfer

Company founder Wolf Gebhard at a Christmas party

1951

The second production facility in Nümbrecht

Company Foundation

1947

Mr Wolf Gebhard (grad. Engineer) lays the foundation for today's GC-heat with the founding of Gebhard Elektrowärme in Waldbröl. Core business at that time: the manufacture of cartridges for tool heating and radiators.

GC-heat Technology (Kunshan) Co. Ltd.

Chinese subsidiary


GC-heat opened a subsidiary in Kunshan, China in 2017.

70 Years GC-heat

1947-2017


We have been devolping and producing innovative high quality products for our customers for more than 70 years.

Hidden Champions

Unknown world market leaders


There are supposed to be more than 1000 "hidden champions" in Germany. GC-heat is one of them.

 

Honour of the Best

Award-winning training quality


We have received multiple awards from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for the outstanding quality of our training.