What does GEKE stand for or what does it mean?
The four letters “GEKE” are the initials of the company founder Dr Gerd Kellner. He used the name GEKE for the first time when he ventured into self-employment with his GEKE engineering office in 1988.
In retrospect, this marked the beginning of a period that was characterised by a large number of different projects and studies that focused on technologies and processes from the field of vehicle protection and ammunition development (PELE; ALP). The valuable know-how built up during these years forms the basis for the success of the GEKE Group today.
In 1999, GEKE Technologie GmbH was founded with its headquarters in Freiburg. In 2001, a branch office for sample production was moved to the premises of IABG in Lichtenau (Protection Competence Centre).
After 30 successful years of active activities in the field of high-quality ballistic protection technologies for military objects, GEKE Schutztechnik GmbH was founded in 2008 as a subsidiary of GEKE Technologie GmbH. RUAG Land Systems AG initially held a 26% stake in this company and acquired a 51% majority stake on 1 January 2009. The main task of the new company was the research and development as well as the testing and production of protection technologies with the focus on the SPz PUMA.
For the series production of the roof and mine protection of the IFV PUMA (1st batch), a new production facility was built in 2012 in the “Leihbühl” industrial park in Lichtenau, which was only a few kilometres away from the old place of work.
In 2020, RUAG AG sold its 51% share in GEKE Schutztechnik GmbH to FFG Flensburg, which is now a new shareholder and a strong partner for sophisticated protection concepts.