The story began in 1992, when the electrical engineering students Manfred Garz and Matthias Fricke founded the company while they were still studying in Braunschweig, Germany. Their first office had just 86 square metres of floorspace, and together with the manufacturing area, it was situated in the hit-Technopark in Hamburg.
Over the last 25 years, this two-person business has grown into a medium-sized business for microelectronics. Ganz & Fricke undertakes its development and manufacturing exclusively at its own site in Hamburg, and employs more than 100 staff in premises of around 3,000 square metres.
Garz & Fricke’s clients are OEMs and systems integrators predominantly from the automation, vending machine, gastronomy electronics, mobile computing, security technology, medicine technology and measurement and control technology sectors, as well as the fields of traffic engineering, aeronautical engineering and marine technology, and who all appreciate the company’s depth of production. For Garz & Fricke, ‘Made in Germany’ does not just mean the local integration of end products, but the company’s own development and production of entire electronics systems under one roof – from initial idea right up to industrial serial production.
It started with an alarm system for cigarette vending machines
From this initial product, the two business areas vending and telemetry and embedded systems developed, both of which share the same resources:
Vending and telemetry
In this sector, Garz & Fricke is the market leader for electronics in cigarette vending machines in the German-speaking countries. The clients are demanding manufacturers and installers of all manner of vending machines, whom we supply with ready to use vending machine control units, payment systems, solar charging technology and telemetry solutions.
In this area, our range spans typical single components and modules to ARM-based microcomputer systems and right up to seamlessly integrated HMI systems. The complete solutions, comprising functional and operating electronics, software and housing are developed by Garz & Fricke either economically on the basis of customised standard solutions or, where required, completely from scratch.
“A good product must be a pleasure for both parties: the manufacturer and the customer.” (Manfred Garz, company founder)
Our anniversary celebration can also be seen in this regard. It was attended by over 400 clients, suppliers and employees. Directly on the Elbe in the Altonaer Kaispeicher, guests were able to enjoy a really special buffet, lots of lovely drinks and cool live music.
The next 25 years
In order to be prepared for the next 25 years, last year we began planning a move into a new building of our very own. The planned building comprises our own manufacturing and logistics hall plus an administration and development building. The production hall has approximately 4,000m² at ground level plus a 700m² gallery level for locker rooms, break rooms etc. The administration and development building offers around 4,200m² of floorspace, and is therefore on its own nearly double the size of the three storeys of our current main building.
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