30 Years of GÖPEL electronic

1991 and 2021 - two years with uncertainty and open questions, hope and a spirit of optimism.

In between are three decades in which GÖPEL electronic GmbH has grown from a handful of courageous engineers to a globally operating and technologically leading company. 

This 30-year success story could only be shaped so positively by hard-working employees, loyal customers and numerous other reliable partners, who have their say here on the occasion of our anniversary:

  • Holger Göpel, former CEO GÖPEL electronic

    "It's been 30 years now, dear Göpel people, who would have thought this.

    I look back with pleasure to 27 years in which I was able to accompany the development and success of our company. It was my best time. Nothing succeeded by chance. Everything reached is the result of courage, commitment and diligent work of the entire team.

    From the very beginning, we relied on our innovative strength to create solutions in the high tech sector. Many "out there" recognized this and were willing to pay our salaries. It fills me with joy and satisfaction that the course we have taken will be maintained even after my departure.

    I wish you all continued success and - especially important today - good health!

    Keep up the good work, and the next 30 years will also be a success!"
     

    Holger Göpel
    former CEO GÖPEL electronic

  • Manfred Schneider, former Managing Director

    "May everyone just once briefly remember what he did exactly 30 years ago? I myself remember this day very well: Holger, Thomas and I (for the sake of historical correctness, it should be mentioned that there was a fourth person in the group at that time) were sitting in front of the bulky, swanky desk of a law firm in Jena, full of energy, but also with a certain tingling in our stomachs, in order to tackle the formalities necessary for founding a company. Back then, we didn't dare look ahead for 30 years.

    Today, I sometimes reflect what had been the decisive factors for the success of our company? Whatever you might regard as a milestone in our development – and there have been plenty of them in thirty years - I come to the conclusion that, on the one hand, it was entrepreneurial courage to face up to the challenges of the market, to recognize opportunities and to break new ground. But what is the use of courage only if there were no committed employees who mastered these demanding tasks with enthusiasm and professional competence? In the 25 years that I have been able to accompany our company on its way, I have felt every day the joint forward momentum, the togetherness that results from pursuing common goals. I am convinced that this spirit that prevails in our company has always been, is actually and will continue to be a significant factor in our success and I wish that this spirit will always remain with us.

    However, a company would be nothing without its customers. For me, customers are partners who entrust us with the solution of a task or a problem. For this trust we have to be grateful and should justify this. My experience tells me without exception that our best references were created where solutions were created and tasks were mastered in close cooperation with our customers. Therefore, our thirtieth anniversary is also an occasion for me to express my gratitude to our loyal customers who have accompanied our company along the way and thus contributed significantly to our success.

    So: enjoy the moment, look with pride at what we have achieved and go into the next 30 years with the same enthusiasm!"


    Manfred Schneider
    former Managing Director

  • Lars Kongsted-Jensen, Director, EP-TeQ

    “Dear GÖPEL Team, big congratulations with your already 30 years of age!

    At EP-TeQ we are proud to be your business partner and take part in your journey with constant exciting and visionary developments and impressive growth. We are looking forward to continue this fantastic journey since 1994 and celebrate many more anniversaries with you!

    Very warm regards and wishes from your long-term partner team in the North”!

    Lars Kongsted-Jensen
    Director, EP-TeQ

  • Luc De Bus, Accelonix BV

    “Congratulations to all employees and the management at GÖPEL electronic for an amazing 30 years of success in the electronics test- and inspection market.

    As a longtime distributor, Accelonix BV are happy to have been part of your amazing growth and the increasing market recognition of the GÖPEL electronic brand. The continued effort from your company to provide the best possible solutions and products for Embedded JTAG/Boundary Scan and Optical/X-Ray Inspection keeps us inspired and motivated. The excellent quality of the support and services to our mutual customers, really reflect the enthusiasm and dedication of the people in the GÖPEL team.

    Visiting your company HQ in Jena for meetings and customer presentations is always a nice experience and every time we feel very welcome.
    Meanwhile the GÖPEL electronic organization has grown too large to know everybody personally.
    However, because of our longtime kind, open and trustful cooperation and almost daily contacts, we consider many people of your team as longtime close colleagues rather than as distant business relations.

    For all of us at ACCELONIX BV, it’s our pleasure to be working with GÖPEL electronic for more than 20 years and we look forward to continuing our journey together for many successful years to come.

    We wish you all the best for the future.”

    Luc De Bus
    Accelonix BV

Managing Director Thomas Wenzel talks in an interview about the growth of GÖPEL electronic as well as the electronics industry and what connects the company with porcelain plates.

Facts and numbers from 30 years of company history

The age in years, the turnover in millions of euros or the number of our employees: we like to express in figures what we have achieved. But there are also many other aspects that can be quantified. Here are a few examples from our everyday life at GÖPEL electronic.

 

A brief summary of 30 years of GÖPEL electronic

The years 1990/91 were times of change and new beginnings in Germany, especially in the eastern regions. In this phase, courageous engineers from Jena decided to do what they were refused in the GDR: they founded their own company - today's GÖPEL electronic GmbH. Emerging from the measuring and testing technology…