Progress with Tradition – The History of Messerfabrik Alfred Giesser

It’s something special to be able to look back on more than 230 years of company history! Today, the Alfred Giesser Company is regarded as one of the leading companies worldwide when it comes to the design and the production of industrial knives. A wide array of sectors is putting their trust into the quality of Alfred Giesser Products and into the outstanding expertise of Giesser Engineering.


Very outstanding about the history of the Alfred Giesser Messerfabrik are two facts:

  • From its foundation up until to the very day, the fortunes of the company are without cease in the hands of the family Giesser.
  • The fabrication of knives is the core competency – and the company has always remained loyal to it.

Today the groundwork has been laid to be able to fully meet all future challenges, according to the slogan: A Tradition Of Efficiency.

If you want to read the future,
you have to browse in the past.

André Malraux

  • today

    Alfred Giesser Messerfabrik is a system supplier for cutting applications in
    food processing machines, packaging machines and many other sectors
    and is working for world’s leading companies.

  • 1976–79

    Improvement of the corporate building within three steps

  • 1985

    Division into a manufacturing company and a holding company.
    The production is being led by Alfred Giesser Messerfabrik GmbH.
    The holding company operates under the name of Ulrich Giesser KG

  • 1975

    Alfred Giesser hands over the business
    to his son Ulrich Giesser

  • 1969

    The production of knives gets outsourced
    to Alfred Giesser Messerfabrik

  • 1967/68

    Relocation to the new building in the
    Winnenden district Birkmannsweiler

  • 1949

    Transfer of Gottlob Giesser Company to son
    Alfred. He continues to lead the company with
    a retail shop and a repair workshop. The production
    of knives for industrial use is gaining
    increased importance.

  • 1934

    After the death of her husband Adolf,
    Luise Giesser operates the business at
    Gottlob Giesser company – a retail shop
    and one of the first productions for machine
    knives – together with her three sons, including Adolf Giesser Jun.
    The brother of Adolf Giesser Sen....

  • 1909/10

    Demolition of the old and construction of the new
    head office in Winnenden.

  • 1901

    Adolf Giesser Sen. takes over the fortunes
    of Gottlob Giesser company.

  • 1880

    Enlargement with a
    retail shop.

  • 1865

    Entry in the trade register from Gottlob Giesser’s
    cutler workshop: artisan crafting of kitchen-,
    butcher-, pocket- and gardening knives.

  • 1776

    In November, Johannes Gießer applies for admittance
    as a resident and cutler at the Winnenden court.
    Permission was granted on 02 December 1776
    for a fee of 13 Gulden and 5 Kreuzer.



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