We marked our 10-year anniversary with our first ever open day – a big event celebrated with partner firms, customers, government agencies and friends.


With a staff of 96 employees, what was originally a one-man operation was converted into Gilgen AG on 1 January 1973. The first automatic sliding door was built.


The first sole representation agreement was signed for Germany in 1976 with the company Schüco. The company’s well-developed sales structure meant we were able to gain a foothold on the German market straight away.


In 1979, we established Gilgen GmbH in Darmstadt to better serve the German market. With our high-quality drive systems for folding shutters and large gates, we were able to penetrate the corners of the market and establish our reputation with German door and gate manufacturers – with hangar doors at Frankfurt airport, for instance.