History of GIS AG

GIS AG was founded by the brothers Alex and Beda Iseli (GIS = Gebrüder Iseli Schötz - German for brothers Iseli Schötz). Electric chain hoists and complete crane systems have been manufactured and developed in Schötz since 1963. Worldwide distribution is carried out by more than 50 distribution partners and our subsidiary in Germany. Approximately 100 employees, 18 of them are apprentices, are very committed for innovative and high-quality products and system solutions day to day. We set great value upon apprenticeship training and the personal development of each individual employee.

  • 2019
    Vulcan Hoist partners with GIS and becomes exclusive distributor for the Canadian market for GIS GP and GPM industrial hoists.
  • 2018
    GIS AG is taking over the company Lift Turn Move (LTM) , one of its biggest customers and thus has its own subsidiary in the United Kingdom. With this step, GIS will be able to strengthen its position in the entertainment market.
  • 2017
    After the successful introduction of the light and very handy electric chain hoist GPM with a portfolio expansion downwards, the complete series GCH is now step by step replaced by the GP series. By now, the fourth generation of the electric chain hoists of the Swiss crane manufacturer convinces with up to 60% more lifting capacity or 60% better classification compared to the previous model. From the beginning of 2017, the construction size GCH250/500 is replaced by the new generation GP250/500. The model GP1000 with an increased lifting capacity of up to 2’500 kg will follow by the middle of the year. The 60th company anniversary has been celebrated with an open house day and a meeting with its worldwide distribution partners.
  • 2015
    Investments of more than half a million Swiss franc in a more efficient fleet of vehicles help to compensate that the Swiss franc has become significantly stronger than other currencies. A horizontal lathe, processing centres for our apprentices and a milling machine are investments for the future.
  • 2014
    With the GP series the development of the fourth generation of electric chain hoists reached market maturity. In May, the smallest and very light chain hoist with a net weight of only 14 kg is presented to a global expert audience at the trade fairs Prolight & Sound in Frankfurt and CeMat in Hanover. Despite its very compact design, it is able to lift 250 kg providing a chain safety factor of 8. Due to a 3-stage gear box, the electric chain hoist GPM runs very quietly and is designed for durability and use under tough conditions.
    An investment of approx. one million Swiss francs in a fully automated production plant at the end of 2014 particularly designed to meet our special requirements leads to an increase in productivity for the manufacturing of components for the main product, the electric chain hoist.
  • 2013
    At the Swiss trade fair Prodex in Basel, the newly developed vacuum-handling systems are presented to an interested audience for the first time. Vacuum generation as well as all lifting movements and travelling motions can be operated via the centrally controlled control unit. This allows the operator to move large wooden panels, planks, large-format metal sheets or glass panes effortlessly.
  • 2009 - 2012
    In 2009, the crane system GISKB made of steel is complemented by a crane system with hollow profiles made of aluminium, named GISKB Alu. It is lighter and has better running properties when moving loads up to approx. 630 kg. Ivan Muri, who previously was the development manager at GIS, is promoted to the position of CEO on January 1, 2010. His predecessor, Anton Grob, who headed the company successfully for 21 years, is appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors. In summer 2012, on the 50th anniversary of GIS AG, the concept of the fourth generation of electric chain hoists is presented to distribution partners from all over the world.
  • 2005 - 2008
    From mid-2005, the first electric chain hoists of the GCH series is launched. They are quieter in operation and their upper and lower hook end position can be flexibly adjusted to the corresponding application. Moreover, installing the slipping clutch outside of the load thread increases the operational safety. Entering new market segments, such as the entertainment industry and the wind-power industry, is promoted by special versions that are based on standard models. In 2008, the payload for the GISKB crane system is increased to 2,000 kg.
  • 2000 - 2004
    In the year 2000, the GIS system is replaced by the flexible modular system GISKB for small cranes. The new hollow profiles made of steel are lighter and using trolleys with plastic rollers emits significantly less noise.
  • 1992 - 1999
    During an international distributor meeting at the beginning of 1992, the second generation of electric chain hoists is introduced. After nearly thirty years and numerous optimisations, the HZ model is replaced by the Euro Model (EM) series. In the following years larger models with an increased payload up to 5,000 kg are launched. In 1995, GIS attains the ISO 9001, EN 29001 certification. In the following year, the new generation of vacuum lifters is launched. As from the year 1999, travelling cranes are also offered as crane kits internationally in order to avoid transporting heavy crane bridges. Instead, they can be provided on site.
  • 1979 – 1991
    The electric chain hoist HZ 8 complements the range of products in the low payload range up to 80 kg. In 1982, a separate motor-development department is opened. In 1986, a new production hall with an area of 2,232 m² is opened. The electric chain hoist HZ 300 increases the maximum load capacity to 3,000 kg. In 1988, GIS AG is taken over by Grapha Holding AG. On January 1, 1988, Anton Grob is appointed CEO of GIS AG. In the same year, the engineers of GIS develop a standard travelling crane programme. In 1989, the newly-developed high-vacuum system is launched on the market. The system makes it possible to lift metal or plastic plates, but also glass panes. On the open-house day in 1990, the public is provided with access to the spacious showroom and the modernised plant.
  • 1970 - 1978
    In 1970, the electric chain hoist of the series HZ is complemented by types 100/150 and in 1977, by types 200/250, which increases the payload to 1,500 kg and even to 2,500 kg later on. In 1970, a new production hall is opened. In 1974, the metalworking shop and in 1978, the assembly department are enlarged and in the same year, a foundry is built. As a result, the number of employees rose to more than 100 for the first time.
  • 1963 - 1969
    GIS AG becomes a synonym for quality and reliability and in 1963, the company launches the first electric chain hoist developed and manufactured by GIS. Types HZ 25/50 cover a payload range between 125 and 500 kg. An international network of distributors is established and as from the year 1965 already, GIS is represented by the company Hasemer in Australia. In the same year, a separate apprentice department is affiliated and the first eight apprentices start their vocational training. In 1966, the subsidiary GIS GmbH is established in Southern Germany. The global presence is expanded to 50 countries on all continents. In 1967, the first vacuum-handling system is developed and launched for up to 500 kg for goods-sparing handling. Only two years later, the modular light-crane system GIS System for line-bound and all-around goods transport and handling of goods up to 1,500 kg is launched. 
  • 1957 - 1962
    GIS AG is founded by the brothers Alex and Beda Iseli (GIS = Gebrüder Iseli Schötz - German for brothers Iseli Schötz). The company primarily specialises in products in the field of precision mechanics. Among other things, casing pipes for assault rifles are manufactured for the Swiss Armed Forces.