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Goebel Celebrates 160 Years of Mechanical Engineering

Darmstadt, Germany--Founded in 1851, by Johann G. Goebel, Goebel has used its 160 years in business to become the leading supplier of slitter rewinders. The first products the company offered were presses, pumps and weighing machines, and ever since those early days, the company has been  creating engineering history.

"Over  many decades, and through the upheavals of two world wars, our company has developed into a global player for the slitter rewinders industry," says Dr. Ralf Enderle, managing directorl." From the very beginning, our work  evolved around paper and, after the advent of plastic, also film. “One key to our success over the last 160 years is that we are always anticipating the needs of tomorrow."

In 1856, Goebel produced the first machine for paper. In 1883, Johan Goebel developed  a machine that was the first to allow for the production of a genuinely smooth roll face - a unique technology that Goebel remains the master of today. This development led to certificates of distinction and gold medals at world exhibitions,  attracting the attention of the international market and expanding the company's business. Patents were filed over the next few years for key innovations,  including the Goebel slitting system.

Expansion continued into the 20th century. In 1938, Goebel developed the Rapid-d slitter rewinder. In addition to printing presses, slitter rewinders for paper, board, metals and plastic films were now also being manufactured. In 1976, the paper industry was developing special kinds of paper, and Goebel was right there with  the Optislit, a center winder with  the ability to set contact pressure and winding tension with extreme precision. Today, the Optislit continues to be a top-of-the range model for converting sensitive paper types.  The Monoslit, a real coup for Goebel, was introduced in 1986, and it remains one of the premium systems of choice used by film manufacturers to this day.

In 2001, The company made the decision to focus solely on the construction of slitter rewinders for paper manufacturers and converters, the plastic film and metal foil industry,  as well as the packaging industry. The company name also  changed to Goebel  Schneid-und Wickelsyteme GmbH. In 2005, it took over Senntech AG, allowing expansion of the product range to include machines for the manufacture of small and short-length rolls.  Continuing to evolve this year, Goebel broke the width barrier with the 11 meter wide Monoslit, supplied to the Chinese film industry.

"The end result of innovations like these is high-performance machines for the future," says Enderle. “This helps create jobs and ensure that Goebel remains popular all over the world. The manufacture of 9,000 slitter rewinders speaks for itself."