You have always been interested in materials. Our history.


Setting the course

In 1957 Rudi Göbel founded Rudi Göbel GmbH in Oberkotzau. The skilled toolmaker established tool making as core element in the company, metal and plastic processing was added. Göbel became very quickly well-known for its high-quality stamping parts and tools outside the region and it acquired well-known customers in the consumer sector such as for example Loewe and Metz.



Relocation to Helmbrechts

Rudi Göbel expanded and relocated to a bigger production area in the Max-Planck-Straße. Very soon after its foundation Rudi Göbel expanded and relocated to the bigger production facilities in the Max-Planck-Straße 22. Four new production halls were built at the new location; they were tailored to the needs of the company.



Beginning of internal apprenticeship

New prospects for the region and a large step forward on the path to the employer brand. New prospects for the region and a large step forward on the path to the employer brand. At that time as well as today the company supports the empowerment and eduction of local young talents. Starting with a small group of apprentices in 1962, Göbel has generated until now more than 250 qualified employees. 50 years later, some of them still bring in their experience into the company.



Structural and machinery expansion

To be technically up to date, has always been the motto of mister Rudi Göbel and our leitmotiv. The first big expansion took place nine years after the foundation of the company. We expanded in buildings and machinery in order to increase our manufacturing capacities and to introduce plastic processing..



Continuation of the company by Alwine Göbel

After the sudden death of Rudi Göbel, his wife Alwine overtook the management for several years. She was helped by Heinz Wagenknecht and several operation managers.. 20 years after the foundation of the company Rudi Göbel dies suddenly and unexpectedly. His wife Alwine overtook a solid, medium-sized company with a well-known and international customer base. She was helped by Heinz Wagenknecht who was an operation manager; he took the reigns of the technology and the distribution sectors.



Frank Pichler joins the company

1986 is the year of changes, Franz Pichler, skilled lathe operator, succeeds Alwine Göbel and paves the way for the continuation of the company. Armed with experience, pioneering spirit as well as his expert knowledge of plastics and tools, he overtakes the management of the company and its meanwhile 50 employees. As first measure he undertakes a comprehensive restructuring which presents the basis of today's company. He enlarges the existing production area by overbuilding the areas between the halls. Plastic processing is expanded and he invests in machines with higher locking forces. 



New construction of a production hall

Due to an increase in international demand, injection molding, stamping and electroplating capacities are expanded.



A milestone in surface refinement

EMC evaporation is developed, patented and ready for mass production. This was considered to be a "revolution", since at that time it was necessary to build cost-intensive, heavy metal cages in order to ensure electronic shielding. The evaporation of plastic parts coated with aluminum in thick layer process is now possible.



Frank Pichler joins the company

After graduating from the RWTH University of Aachen with an engineering degree, Frank Pichler succeeds his father in managing the company. During his studies, he was significantly influenced by two internationally renowned experts in the field of plastics processing namely, professor Menges and his successor professor Michaelis. Thanks to his expertise he succeeds in implementing innovations and in optimizing processes.



Expanding the production hall

Constant growth requires the expansion of production capacities. The number of employees increases to 160.



Changing the active management

Frank Pichler succeeds his father in the active management. After three years of intensive introduction in all the divisions, Frank Pichler overtakes the active part of the management. His father Franz Pichler continues to work in the "background". In the meantime the company has already over 160 employees.



Expanding the buildings and machinery

One year after Franz Pichler overtook the active management of the company, the new administrative building connected to the tool making and assembly divisions was erected. The building on the opposite side of the street was closed down.



Expanding the manufacturing range

Already in 1994 hybrid manufacturing was part of the range of services offered by the company. It developed into an important pillar of Göbel. One special feature here was the use of modern rotary table injection molding machines using tools with two ejection sides. The injection is made vertically from above in the back side. The finished parts can be removed from the second ejection side and can be fitted with inserts while the machine is in operation. . The result is a very regular cycle and a reduction in cycle times.

1996 - 2000


Certification according to DIN 9001

The first promise of quality which is essential for the internationalization of the company is the certified quality management according to DIN 9001.



Certification according to DIN ISO 16949 and DIN ISO 14001

In order to have an integrated management system, a standardized quality and environmental management system must be introduced.



On growth track with Promotool

Takeover of the Austrian tool and mold making company Promotool GmbH. Thanks to the integration of the Austrian tool and mold making company Promotool GmbH into the family-owned enterprise, we succeeded in expanding our tool making capacities and in responding with even more flexibility to the increased international demand.



Automation and diversification of our manufacturing range

Besides a highly complex automation system, manufacturing of glass plastic composites was implemented.



Founding the PSD Tampondruck (pad printing)

The development and production of pad printings for technical treatment of surfaces is effected for the first time in Helmbrechts.



Doubling production capacities

Rudi Göbel undertakes further investments to expand the site and its machinery. During the same period an invest in the Blewa Metallverarbeitung company located in Schleiz, was acquired.



Building a warehouse and logistics building

Building new warehouses and logistics area on the premises. The external stocking areas are closed down, paths are optimized as needed in order to make logistic processes even more cost-effective and more efficient.



Takeover of GEK GmbH

Expanding mold making and injection molding capacities by purchasing GEK GmbH, a long-standing company in Saxon, located in Oelsnitz. Founded in 1874, its precision injection mold and plastic components stand for German quality, reliability and innovation worldwide.



Expanding production capacities

This year marks the introduction of the manufacturing of silicone and thermoplastic compounds by using a multicomponent technology. At the same time an additional site for the manufacturing of pads and silicone processing is built in Münchberg.



Founding the Rudi Göbel Group

In 2012 the Rudi Göbel Group is founded. The group consists of the following undertakings: PSD, GEK, Blewa, Promotool and is headed by Rudi Göbel. A flexible and performing group of companies with five undertakings specialized in their special field and optimally complementing the portfolio of the group. Knowledge in materials technology multiplied by five in the middle of Europe.



Inaugurating a new apprentice workshop

Rudi Göbel provides optimal spatial and technical conditions on 240 square meters for 24 apprentices.



Always up to date

Since our foundation we continuously rely on the further development of our technologies, materials and employees. This motto is present throughout the company's history and is at the same time a signpost for a successful future.