GESIPA® was established in Walldorf, Germany in 1955, as a company committed to developing better blind riveting technologies. GESIPA® manufactures blind rivets at 5 company factories located in the United Kingdom, Germany and United States. The driving force behind GESIPA®’s international success has been the ongoing development of innovative products that enhance productivity through superior engineering and quality workmanship.

In 1975, GESIPA® revolutionized blind fastening with the introduction of GAV Automatic-Feed Blind Riveting System. GAV systems have set the standard for blind riveting efficiency. GESIPA installation tools are known for their high quality, durability and functional design. From the Flipper low effort manual-riveting tool to the revolutionary AccuBird, PowerBird & FireBird, battery powered portable tools, GESIPA®’s innovation stands clear.

In 2009, GESIPA became a wholly owned subsidiary of SFS intec of Heerbrugg, Switzerland. SFS intec is a global fastening systems manufacturer


Gesipa Blind Riveting Systems Ltd was established as a UK subsidiary for the German Gesipa Group in 1971 setting up its manufacturing base in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

With the initial aim of providing German technology to the UK fastening sector it began its existence as piece part manufacturer but has evolved into a modern industrial production facility able to offer a full process from concept through to design, manufacture and testing in addition to standard off the shelf products. 


1955 – GESIPA Group was incorporated at the time when Blind Riveting was an entirely new concept. But soon, a “method for producing mandrel-break hollow rivet connections” and a “hand tool for carrying out blind-rivet connections” has set a revolution in motion.

 1959 – The first break with the first appearance at Hanover Trade Fair followed by expanded product range and Production capacity with new areas of application opened up.

1965 – Venturing into the Austrian market with a sales unit

1968 – Setting up a new production location in Walldorf, Germany

1971 – Setting up a new production unit in Great Britain.      

1976 – Setting up a new production location in the USA as well.

1990 – Takes over Olympic Fastening Systems, USA and setting up two more production units.

1991-92 – Acquire and rebuild Thüringer Verbindeelemente GmbH in Thal (Thuringia)


o    Acquire Weber + Ochsenfeld in Siegen and move into a new building in Olpe.

o    Establishment of GESIPA in France

o    Completion of the Technical Center in Walldorf.

1997 – Expand its operation at Poland

1999 – Expand its operation at Spain

2001 – Expand its operation at Czech Republic

2002 – GESIPA takes over the firm of Unibolt in Denmark in order to expand the Weber + Ochsenfeld range of “cold forged parts”.

2009 – GESIPA became a part of the successful Swiss SFS intec group while complementing one another in an ideal way.


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