Up to the present, GTS has developed into one of the leading manufacturers of industrial ceramics in Germany. The focus of our research and development work lies in, among others, the fields of special ceramics and wear technology. Today, the expansion and further development of the family-owned company GTS is already under the management of the second generation.
The acquisition of market competitors has further consolidated GTS’ well-established position as a market leader in precision casting, jewellery casting, and laboratory and medical technology. Our corporate philosophy thereby continues to exemplify high quality and constant development. Consulting and direct exchange with our customers is central to our work. We are happy to assist or supervise projects that highlight our research and development expertise. In addition, we offer a wide range of standardised product groups at attractive prices in the proven high GTS quality.
More than 100 universities and research institutes in Europe currently collaborate with GTS. Thus, for example, the development of artificial bone substitute, new ceramic grades for platinum casting, as well as of reaction chambers for biogas energy generation has been decisively influenced by our work. So, it is important to us to be an active member of various organisations and research projects for innovations and new developments.
Geschäftsführer GTS KERAMIK
In 1985, Horst Müller founded the company FMCP on behalf of the Belgian stainless-steel foundry Magotteaux S.A. in Düsseldorf, the original production plant for crucibles with an affiliated development laboratory.
The main focus of the research work was on the field of special ceramics and wear technology. As a result, ceramic grinding balls of the highest quality were already developed over 25 years ago. The parent company, Magotteaux S.A., benefited from these technical developments and founded the grinding ball plant Megaceram S.A. in Belgium. Mr Horst Müller was entrusted with the setting up and development of the plant as its technical manager.
A few years later, the production plant in Düsseldorf would be privatised. Horst Müller took over the Belgian branch and founded GTS (Giess-Technische-Sonderkeramik GmbH & Co. KG) in 1991. For another ten years, his path repeatedly led him back to the parent company. As a consultant, he placed his now invaluable knowledge at the disposal of the Magotteaux Group. Meanwhile, he fostered the expansion and technical development of GTS.
Over time, the successful use of GTS products led to an expansion of the company. This positive development ensured that GTS became a well-established manufacturer in the areas of precision casting, jewellery casting, the laboratory and medical technology sectors, and even a market leader in certain fields.
Owing to the steady growth of GTS, Horst Müller appointed his son Andreas Müller to the executive board in 2004. He brought decisive new ideas and momentum to the company, enabling GTS to make a further leap forward in its development. Both generations jointly contribute knowledge, skills and passionate enthusiasm for ceramics.
In 2005, GTS took over the ceramic foundry of Megaceram S.A. and relocated its production from Belgium to Düsseldorf. The result was a further strengthening of GTS on the international market, so that its participation in research and development projects also increased. Meanwhile, over 100 universities and research centres currently benefit from this collaboration.
Research and development
GTS has been conducting research in the fields of special ceramics and wear technology since 1985. GTS sees research and development as the basis for the innovation and the high quality of its products, in accordance with its motto:
ALWAYS BE ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE OTHERS.
One future opportunity for GTS is to engage with long-running, complex research topics all the way to the preliminary research phase. The knowledge gained from this simultaneously provides the basis for developing new products and for optimising existing ones. The result (among others) is their high degree of reusability, not just to the great satisfaction of our customers.
This guarantees the thrifty use of resources, in terms of sustainability. A network of over 100 universities and research institutes cooperate with GTS. This collaboration is proving, more than ever, to be a win-win situation for both sides. Funding programmes of the EU and the Federal Republic of Germany support the joint collaboration.
Areas such as gel casting, isopressing, platinum smelting and the development of synthetic bone substitute, container crucibles for solar technology, reaction chambers for biogas and energy production are examples here. In order to avoid getting lost in unprofitable basic research, GTS always keeps in touch with its customers and always keeps the market in its sights. Here, jewellery foundries and smelting plant manufacturers are particularly promising areas.
The company uses systems to identify potential errors/faults through effective organisational and procedural structures, to analyse their causes, and to prevent the occurrence of errors/faults by taking appropriate preventive measures.
To achieve these aims, all employees are involved in the process of introducing the system and safeguarding its long-term efficiency. To ensure the effectiveness of these and other measures, the education, training and motivation of employees play a decisive role.
The raw materials used at GTS are procured exclusively from certified suppliers, in accordance with stringent, closely monitored acceptance standards. It is extremely important to stock up on critical raw materials in order to guarantee consistent quality in the long term. In particular, GTS stores what are called “rare earths” in large quantities. The resulting, potentially undesirable, capital tie-up has paid off in the past, owing to the constantly rising prices of raw materials.
The close contact with our customers generates new ideas for quality improvements or trend-setting new developments. Through constantly documenting each stage, our carefully perfected, reproducible and traceable manufacturing processes guarantee a consistent product that meets the highest quality standards.