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12-02-2011

GN Thermoforming: 30th Anniversary

GN Thermoforming Equipment is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a leading global manufacturer of Servo-Driven, Roll-Fed thermoforming machines for the production of food packaging. Today, the company has remained true to its original business philosophy of developing innovative machinery and seeking out export markets for its unique products.

From the beginning, GN Thermoforming Equipment has been an export-driven company, recognizing quickly that more stable sales growth could be achieved by selling into various markets, thus minimizing the impact of regional economic slowdowns. At the outset, GN focused on the U.S., Mexico, U.K., and Russia and today it derives more than 90% of its business from exports all over the world.

It all started in Vienna where Georg Nemeskéri, still in his teens, began experimenting with form and structure and the early stages of building thermoforming machinery in his father’s factory. After pursuing his interest and studying in mechanical engineering, Georg immigrated to Chester, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada to start a new venture, Chester Plastics, and process thermoformed packaging products. In 1981, Georg started another company, GN, in order to provide high-quality pressure forming machinery for the plastics industry. The company, whose workforce has grown from six employees to over 100 today, has enjoyed significant and steady growth over the last 30 years. Besides the headquarters located in Chester, GN established GN Europe in 2004, a sales and service division which operates from the Czech Republic. An extensive network of 22 manufacturers’ representatives is also strategically located throughout the world.

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