GPS, an international supplier of IS machines, spare parts and services, is to become independent from Saint-Gobain, effective January 1st, 2016.

Rolf Themann, General Manager of GPS, is taking over responsibility for the medium-sized company via a management-buy-out.

He was able to convince high performance and long-term-oriented private investors with business backgrounds to come on board.

“We would like to take the opportunity as medium-sized German engineering company to respond independently to the challenges of the market“, explains Rolf Themann.

This implies both change and continuity.

The name GPS, the ‘Made in Germany’ aspect, and the location in Essen will remain unchanged.

The strategic business areas established in 2013 remain stable, focused on IS machines, spare parts and services.

GPS management believes the switch from the Saint-Gobain group to a medium-sized, owner-managed engineering company will allow it to build its future in a way that is more intensively focused on its core strengths.

It is also looking forward to being able to act with more flexibility, develop innovations, and extend its business with the aim of being closer to customers.

GPS will therefore remain a strong partner of the container glass industry, with over 90 years’ experience in IS machines and the services sector.

Its experts understand the specific market requirements, and the company aims to provide user-friendly innovations relating to the container glass production.