Our company began life in 1961 as a one-man operation housed in the garage of founding entrepreneur Jakob Gilgen Senior’s  parents, where he put together his first automatic drive systems for doors and gates; assembling them on each customer’s premises. The company, with its workforce of more than 1'000 employees, now enjoys a worldwide presence.


  • 1961: Company founded in Schwarzenburg (BE/Schweiz)
  • 1969: First subsidiary in Switzerland
  • 1979: Setting-up of the first foreign subsidiary
  • 1993: Launch of the KIT system
  • 1996: Integration into Kaba Holding AG
  • 2004: Launch of SLX sliding-door drive unit
  • 2011: Anniversary celebrations: Fifty Years of Tradition and Innovation
  • 2011: Integration into the Nabtesco Group of Companies headquartered in Japan
  • 2016: New construction
  • 2016: Three acquisitions conducted abroad
  • 2017: Launch of the new SL Products range