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We are humbly looking back on a history time span of more than 160 years of continuous innovation during successful periods and challenging episodes.

1851 Peter Gandenberger founded the Gandenberger’sche Maschinen-Fabrik in Darmstadt, which was renamed in 1864 into Gandenberger’sche Maschinen-Fabrik Georg Goebel, when Peter Gandenberger retired, after Johann Georg Goebel married his eldest daughter and became his son-inlaw.

1856 Johann Georg Goebel developed the first machines for the production of card board railway tickets, based on his own patents. This development was the beginning of Goebel’s security printing activities.

1885 The first universal printing machine for different sizes of paper railway tickets, “Goebel Panta”, was developed. Tickets with multi colours, numbered, perforated and deliverd in bages could be produced with this machine, which has been delivered to many railway companies all over the world in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Russia, North and South America, Africa and Indonesia. GOEBEL won many certificates of distinction and gold medals at world exhibitions in Brussels in 1888 and in Antwerp in 1894, and many patent applications have been filed over the following years.

1890 Johann Peter Michael (Jean) Goebel, eldest son of Johann Georg Goebel, followed in his father’s footsteps. He established a new manufacturing division within his company developing slitter rewinders for the paper industry. His lifetime achievement as an industry innovator, engineer and businessman was admirable. Jean Goebel became “councillor of commerce”, which was an honourable title at this time.

1911 Another main pillar of Goebel has been developed: The first web-fed postal stamp printing machine with in line perforation and sheet delivery has been built for the state printing works in Germany. Many more machines to varrious customers followed and nearly all postal stamp printers worldwide purchased Goebel stamp printing machines.

1955 The first web-fed banknote printing machine from Goebel has been delivered to Bank of England in 1955. And other countries followed since that time, like Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France and Algeria.

Goebel was build by his founders and their successors on three main pillars: engineering of machines for high security printing, manufacturing of printing machines for business applications and slitter rewinders for the converting industry.

Goebel through all times developed machines for more efficiency and higher productivity. Goebel machines are web-fed designed for contineous operation, and Goebel engineering is customer-oriented.

With changing industry materials, which have been processed by Goebel machines, became very divers. Goebel machines were able to print and process all kind of papers and film from below 10µm (polymer film) up to 700g/m2 (card board).

Goebel printing machines apply all kind of printing technologies. Beside Goebel's know-how in very specialised printing in high security printing, i.e. intaglio printing, simultaneous offset printing, silk screen printing, flexo printing and letter press numbering, Goebel has a worldwide reputation in gravure printing and offset printing. Additionally all kind of processing technologies have been developed over the years, like hot foil stamping, perforating, die cutting and sheeting.

Recent Goebel developments made within past 10 years are in deed “revolutions in printing” and changing the industry:

2000 At DRUPA 2000 Goebel launched the worldwide fastest and most productive UV printing machine “Goebel novaprint” for high performance UV offset printing.

2004 Goebel delivered the most productive, latest-state-of-the-art and custom-made web-fed banknote production line to Hôtel des Monnaies de la Banque d’Algerie in Algeria, capable to produce up to 1.7 billion banknotes per year.

2005 (Drent) Goebel pioneered “variable sleeve offset printing” (VSOP), using size variable light weight sleeves instead of heavy metal size cassettes to realize unlimited size variability in web-fed printing and also quick job change possibilities. This development was dedicated for the packaging printing industry.

2011 Goebel delivered a 1250mm wide VSOP press with circumferential size range up to 1700mm for card board printing like preprint liner to Italy. It is the first VSOP machine of its kind worldwide.

2012 Goebel launched a new variable sleeve printing press for tax labels, visa stickers and all kind of security documents. This machine is capable to combine all kind of printing technologies, including intaglio printing (Orlof), offset printing (rainbow technique), flexo printing, silk screen printing, ink jet printing, as well as different technologies in processing and finishing.

Until today following persons took over responsibility for Goebel during past decades: Peter Gandenberger, Johann Georg Goebel and “Jean” Goebel were followed by Wilhelm Goebel, his youngest son. While he became a doctor of medicine, Dr. Wilhelm Köhler, a physician, committed to engineering and became managing director of Goebel. He was followed by Willy Säuberlich, Dr. Kurt Werner, Hermann Thomas, Dr. Florian Klimsch, Dr. Klaus Dreher, Robertus Johannes Teunissen und Dr. Felix Berg.

                        peter gandenberger
Peter Gandenberger

johann georg goebel
Johann Georg Goebel

jean goebel
"Jean" Goebel

railway ticket press
railway ticket press

banknote printing line
banknote printing line

variable sleeve offset press
variable sleeve offset press


hybrid security printing press

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