Gema History

Detailed information about Gema and its development to a leading manufacturer of powder coating equipment.

1897

1897

Gema was founded in 1897 by Viktor Gehrig and Gottlieb Mannhart in Walenstadt as a metalworking company. Before the first world war they had about 100 employees.

1955

1955

Gema moved to St. Gallen where they started to work with electrostatic liquid coating of ceiling panels.

1964

1964

Manual spray unit by Gema.

1967

1967

First units for powder coating with external electrostatic technology.

1971

1971

Gema's research department was the first to successfully integrate the generation of high voltages into a spraying gun. The first model was the manual coating unit type 720.

1972

1972

High performance unit for automatic powder coating type 730.

1973

1973

First gun with integrated high voltage cascade.

1975

1975

Powder coating booth MFR with filter belt recovery system.

1976

1976

The powder coating unit type 721 won the IF Design Award.

1982

1982

In 1982 the division powder coating and ceiling panel were separated. The powder coating came to the Ransburg Group (new name Ransburg-Gema AG).

1982

1982

Compact units for manual powder coating of the serial 701/702/705.

1984

1984

In 1984 a new building with 6'000 m2 was built in St. Gallen Winklen, which is still the location of Gema today.

1985

1985

In 1985 Gema sets a milestone: the development of the flat jet nozzle gun.

1988

1988

The powder coating guns PG1 / PG1-A with exchangeable cascades.

1989

1989

US company ITW bought Ransburg Group.

1990

1990

ITW bought Devilbiss Group where Volstatic belongs to. As a consequence of the acquisition of Volstatic Ltd by ITW the company name was changed to Gema-Volstatic AG.

1990

1990

New MPS units for manual powder coating were presented at the Hannover exhibition.

1995

1995

MagicCylinder booth with color change in 15 minutes.

1995

1995

First color change gun SuperCorona for less orange peel effect.

1996

1996

Fast color change gun PG2-A.

1998

1998

The Volstatic products were continuously removed from the market that's why in 1998 the company name was changed to ITW Gema AG.

2001

2001

EasySelect manual coating gun with integrated control unit.

2001

2001

The patented DVC Technology (Digital Valve Control) ensures precise and reproducible powder output regulations and improves the film thickness consistency.

2002

2002

OptiGun GA02 automatic powder coating gun and OptiTronic control unit.

2002

2002

New extension of the Gema building.

2003

2003

First vertical reciprocator ZA02.

2005

2005

Manual powder coating units generation OptiFlex.

2005

2005

Manual Gun OptiSelect GM02 and Control Unit OptiStar.

2006

2006

OptiStar control unit for automatic guns with DVC Technology (Digital Valve Control).

2006

2006

IF Design Award for manual powder application unit.

2007

2007

OptiFeed PP05 Dense Phase Pump.

2008

2008

Ultrasonic sieve system for improved powder characteristics with high powder flow rate.

2008

2008

MagicCenter for automatic color change.

27 February 2008

27 February 2008

Change of the form of organization to ITW Gema GmbH.

2010

2010

OptiCenter OC02 for quick color change.

2010

2010

ClassicLine manual booth - efficient and space-saving solutions, easy to integrate into any production line.

2011

2011

OptiFlex®2 series for manual powder coating.

2011

2011

With the PowerClean cleaning function the injector, the powder hose and the gun can be rinsed thoroughly.

2011

2011

PCC Technology (Precise Charge Control) - for exact powder settings under 10 μA in steps of 0,5 μA. 

2011

2011

OptiSelect GM03 manual gun with PowerClean cleaning function.

2011

2011

OptiStar second generation with DVC and PCC technology.

2011

2011

MagicControl for control of all the system components, manage warning and error messages, store application programs, assign passwords and permissions.

2012

2012

MagicCompact booth with EquiFlow technology for quick color change.

11 April 2012

11 April 2012

Graco bought the Finishing Group of ITW where Gema is part of. Change of the name to Gema Switzerland GmbH.

2013

2013

New manual unit OptiFlex 2 Q for color change in 30 seconds.

2013

2013

OptiGun GA03 automatic gun.

2013

2013

Smart Inline Technology with OptiSpray AP01 pumps. The new application technology guarantees a constant and reproducible powder output for high quality coating results over long time periods.

2013

2013

OptiCenter OC03 powder management center with OptiSpray AP01 pumps.

2014

2014

OptiGun GA03 automatic gun wins the RedDot Award 2014.

2014

2014

MagicCylinder EquiFlow booth with unique round design is ideal for quick color change.

2015

2015

OptiCenter OC04 and OC05 - Basic powder center with semi-automatic cleaning.

2015

2015

MultiStar gun control for up to 12 guns simultaneously with just one easy control panel.

2015

2015

Acquisition of Hildebrand Technology. They specialized themselves in the field of extracting dust as well as electrostatic charging and discharging from all different types of moving substrates in web and sheet form. 

2016

2016

OptiFlex 2 F Spray for high powder output.
The usage of OptiSpray AP01 application pumps ensures best coating results for high film builds with a powder output of up to 600 g/min.

2016

2016

OptiFlex 2 FE for manual enamel applications.

2016

2016

MagicCompact EquiFlow BA04-E booth and MRS booth for enamel applications.

2016

2016

EZ04

MagicCompact EquiFlow BA04-E booth and MRS booth for enamel applications.

2016

2016

MultiColor Switch

The innovative MultiColor Switch color change solution from Gema allows a super-fast switching between different powder colors while ensuring constant high-quality coating.

2016

2016

OptiFlex®2 B Spray

Manual unit OptiFlex 2 B Spray with application pump AP01 is the perfect solution for coatings, that require a stable powder output.

2016

2016

ZA13

Vertical reciprocator ZA13 in combination with the gun axis UA04 guarantees perfect coating results for complex application tasks and difficult object geometries.

2016

2016

ZA10

Stand-alone ZA10 reciprocator with slim column design allows space-saving arrangement of up to 6 automatic guns (25 kg capacity).

2017

2017

RobotGun GM03-R

The RobotGun is the efficient solution for high-quality robot applications.

2017

2017

Dynamic contour detection

The new dynamic contour laser scanner by Gema is a sophisticated solution that allows a highly automated level of powder coating. 

2018

2018

OptiFlow IG07

The new Inline Injector OptiFlow IG07 ensures a constant powder flow, optimized color change and low operating costs with the most advanced injector technology.  

2018

2018

OptiStar 4.0

The new OptiStar 4.0 gun control ensures an optimized application with an exceptional coating result. The new generation of OptiStar presents the proven DVC- and PCC-Technologies and the new Electrostatic App. 

2018

2018

MagicControl 4.0

With the new generation of the MagicControl all functions and paramaters for the powder coating system such as guns, reciprocators and booth are fully under control.

2018

2018

Supplier Award

Gema is the winner of the BESSER LACKIEREN Supplier Award 2019 for the product area "Powder Application Equipment". This is the result of a survey conducted by the "IMK Institut für angewandte Marketing- und Kommunikationsforschung GmbH" on behalf of the magazine BESSER LACKIEREN. 

2019

2019

OptiCenter OC06 / OC07 / OC08: New Powder Management Platform

The new models of the successful OptiCenter series are more than just an upgrade of the proven powder supply system. It is the answer to the requirements of the powder coating industry of our time, which demands to achieve the highest possible coating quality with reduced effort.

2019

2019

OptiStar All-in-One

The OptiStar All-in-One is the first control unit in the powder coating industry to combine electrostatics and powder feed via injector in an very compact device.

2019

2019

OptiSelect Pro

The new generation of the OptiSelect manual gun presents itself with the outstanding PowerBoost® high-performance technology for maximum charging capacity.

2019

2019

OptiFlex Pro manual units

Gema brings high performance to manual powder coating! Best application results and maximum industrial suitability with the new generation of OptiFlex Pro manual units from Gema!