History
Oct. 31, 2016
Sale of Life Science Research operations

Sale of Life Science Research operations

Gerresheimer and Chase Scientific Glass, Inc. sell their joint venture (51/49%) Kimble Chase to Duran Group.

Nov. 2, 2015
Sale of tubing operations to Corning

Sale of tubing operations to Corning

Tubing operations and the two tubing plants in Vineland, USA and Pisa, Italy are sold to Corning.

Dec. 1, 2013
Divisional reorganization

Divisional reorganization

The company regroups its operations into three divisions: Plastics & Devices, Primary Packaging Glass and Life Science Research

Dec. 18, 2012
Majority shareholding in Triveni

Majority shareholding in Triveni

A majority shareholding is acquired in Triveni, a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical plastic packaging products and closures in India.

Dec. 1, 2012
New addition to the Management Board

New addition to the Management Board

Rainer Beaujean is appointed to the Management Board and assumes the function of Chief Financial Officer on Feb. 1, 2013.

Apr. 2, 2012
Majority shareholding in Neutral Glass & Allied Industries Pvt. Ltd

Majority shareholding in Neutral Glass & Allied Industries Pvt. Ltd

Gerresheimer takes over the majority of shares in the Indian company, which manufactures glass pharmaceutical vials.

Feb. 1, 2012
item GmbH take-over

item GmbH take-over

The Medical Plastic Systems Division is further enlarged by the take-over of Münster-based item GmbH.

May 1, 2009
New addition to the Management Board

New addition to the Management Board

Andreas Schütte joins the Management Board.

Dec. 22, 2008
Gerresheimer AG listed on MDAX

Gerresheimer AG listed on MDAX

The Gerresheimer AG share is included in the MDAX index.

Feb. 2008
Take-over of ALLPLAS Embalagens Ltda.

Take-over of ALLPLAS Embalagens Ltda.

The Plastic Systems Division is significantly enlarged by the acquisition of Brazilian company, ALLPLAS Embalagens Ltda.

Dec. 2007
EDP take-over

EDP take-over

Acquisition of the Spanish PET specialist, EDP, with plants in Spain and Argentina.

Jan. 2, 2007
Wilden AG take-over

Wilden AG take-over

The German market and technology leader for medical plastic systems is taken over by Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH.

Jan. 1, 2007
New global organization structure

New global organization structure

From now on there are 4 divisions: Moulded Glass, Tubular Glass, Plastic Systems and Life Science Research.

Jan. 1, 2006
Take-over of Superfos Pharma A/S

Take-over of Superfos Pharma A/S

Danish company Superfos Pharma A/S, leading provider of plastic packaging products in Europe, is taken over by Gerresheimer.

Aug. 2005
Gerresheim glassworks ceases production

Gerresheim glassworks ceases production

After 141 years in operation, but owned by Owen Illinois and not Gerresheimer AG, the glassworks in Gerresheim ceases production.

Feb. 1, 2004
New global organization structure

New global organization structure

Uniform GERRESHEIMER branding. New divisions: Glass Packaging and Pharma Systems.

May 2000
VIAG sold Gerresheimer to a private equity consortium

VIAG sold Gerresheimer to a private equity consortium

Gerresheimer Glas is sold by VIAG to a consortium of private equity companies, which sells the company on to Blackstone in 2002.

1999
A historical turning point

A historical turning point

Sale of 6 companies and strategic reorientation to focus on pharmaceutical, laboratory, cosmetic and small glass products. Regional expansion in the USA, Mexico and China.

1999
Sale of the glassworks in Gerresheim

Sale of the glassworks in Gerresheim

The glassworks in Gerresheim, which is the place where the company was founded, is sold to BSN glasspack, a subsidiary of the French Danone Group. In 2004 Owen Illinois takes over BSN glasspack.

1991
VIAG AG acquires a majority shareholding in Gerresheimer

VIAG AG acquires a majority shareholding in Gerresheimer

VIAG AG acquires the majority of Gerresheimer AG’s shares.

1987
Development of tubing-based pharmaceutical glass product business

Development of tubing-based pharmaceutical glass product business

Business with products made from glass tubing, such as syringes, vials, ampoules and cartridges, is developed through the acquisition of Bünder Glas GmbH and in other ways.

1985
Relocation of headquarters

Relocation of headquarters

The company headquarters moves from the Düsseldorf district of Gerresheim to another location in Düsseldorf.

1972
Renaming of the company

Renaming of the company

From this year onwards the company is called Gerresheimer Glas AG.

1959
Owens Illinois acquired a majority shareholding in Gerresheimer

Owens Illinois acquired a majority shareholding in Gerresheimer

The world’s leading container glass manufacturer acquires a 50.1% stake in Gerresheimer.

1907
Commencement of production with the first Owens machine on the European continent

Commencement of production with the first Owens machine on the European continent

This machine produces 16,000 glass bottles a day, which corresponds to the output of 75 glass blowers.

1888
Transformation into a joint stock company

Transformation into a joint stock company

The company takes on the new legal form of joint stock company and is called “Actien-Gesellschaft der Gerresheimer Glashüttenwerke”.

1886
The biggest bottle maker in the world

The biggest bottle maker in the world

With a production output of 45 million bottles Gerresheimer is the biggest bottle making plant in the world.

1864
The company was founded by Ferdinand Heye

The company was founded by Ferdinand Heye

Production operations with 12 glass blowers in the first year.

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