GPS Glasproduktions-Service GmbH was founded on real-world experience. It has been and continues to be practice-oriented.


1923: Founded as the service department of Ruhrglas AG in Essen. Responsible for the maintenance and optimisation of IS machines and corresponding components.

1984: GPS established as a separate business division developing mechanisms for IS machines and with responsibility for designing and manufacturing machines.

1988: Ruhrglas AG taken over by Oberland Glas AG, known today as Saint-Gobain Oberland AG.


GPS Geschichte





1992: GPS setup as a subsidiary company of Saint-Gobain Oberland AG.

Manufacture of IS machines modernised.

Development of 3D CAD modelling integrated into the development process.

More than 400 IS machines installed worldwide.

1996: GPS certified with DIN EN ISO 9001.

2004: Introduction of servo technology – developed and implemented into components.

2006: Cooperation with GPS Glasproduktions-Service GmbH America in Marion, Indianapolis, USA. Development of triple gob application.

2010: GPS AMC+ Control System presented at glasstec.




2016: GPS becomes independent and introduce its new developments (Mechanical and Software) at Glasstec.

Rolf Themann, through management buyout, takes over with sole responsibility to bring GPS into the future.

GPS manufactures and delivers technically and ecologically optimised solutions for the container glass industry worldwide.
In Essen, the team comprising technicians, engineers, specialists and consultants are responsible for machines and components over their entire life cycles.



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