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GIF ActiveVent – Modular Ventilated Ceiling

Since it was founded in 1976 our company has carried out many installations of GIF ventilated ceilings in the most varied catering establishments all over the world. We are ISO 9001:2008 certified and with the successful introduction of the HACCP process in the production we are able to complete our Projects in accordance with all food law requirements. The patented area-active GIF ventilation system satisfies all current VDI‘ guidelines, DIN and EN norms.

As a result we are by means of the manufacturing facilities in our factory in Freiburg, Germany, in a position to offer our clients individually produced systems which have been developed according to top-quality standards. From Inflight Catering kitchens for as many as 120,000 meals a day, through community Catering up to highly individual star-rated kitchens, we are the reliable contacts and partners for technical planners, architects, Investors and users.

Facts and figures

  • Over 40 years on the market
  • Operations in over 41 countries
  • Cooperation a.o. with
    worldwide renowned Companies (BASF, BMW, VW, Mercedes Benz, Nestlé, Unilever, Siemens, ThyssenKrupp, IKEA)
    Hotel chains (Hilton, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Hyatt Regency, Bloom Marriott, Kempinsky, Mövenpick)
    Public catering (Ministry of Health Kuwait, German armed forces, TU Dresden, MH Hannover, KIT Campus Karlsruhe)
    Inflight Catering companies (LSG SkyChefs – Lufthansa, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways)
  • The biggest GIF ventilated ceiling ever installed so far was put into operation in 2013 in Qatar: 2.513 square meters at the New Doha International Airport
  • Since the foundation of the entreprise, over 1 Million square meters of GIF ventilated ceiling have being installed worldwide

Individual ceiling solutions

We believe that a kitchen is much more than just a place where food is prepared. We develop system solutions for exhaust air capture and fresh air supply for all areas of large-scale catering establishments – whether economical systems in kitchens, high-speed capture and design solutions in front cooking, noise abatement in sculleries, or low-priced solutions in food preparation.

Field of application

  • Staff canteens
  • Hospitals
  • Restaurants / Hotels
  • Old People‘s / handicapped persons‘s and children‘s homes
  • Barracks, field kitchens
  • Campus canteens
  • Food industry

A UNIQUE CONCEPT CONQUERS THE WORLD

GIF COMPANY TIMELINE

20.12.1976
Foundation of GIF mbH

FOUNDATION

The company GIF originates from the entrepreneurial spirit of Mr Joseph Hammer. The innovative idea of the ventilated ceiling as an alternative to traditional extraction hoods is born.

February 1988
Move to Opfingen

RELOCATION

The GIF ventilated ceiling conquers the market and the business is booming. Larger new premises ensure the future growth.

01.10.1994
Company takeover
by Frank Hammer

BUSINESS HANDOVER

Mr Frank Hammer takes over property and management of the GIF company from his father, Joseph Hammer. First big contracts are carried out successfully in Europe, Middle East and Asia. The export business and partner network grow rapidly.

01.02.1996
Branch office Gera and Dortmund

NEW BRANCH OFFICE

September 2002
Branch office Centre

NEW BRANCH OFFICE

January 2006
New shareholder
Hidria IMP KLIMA from Slovenia

CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP

The family owned company GIF becomes part of the Slovenian corporation Hidria. Beside the automotive und real estate business, the Holding invests in the air conditioning and ventilation sector.

March 2006
Appointment of Volker Eckmann
as managing director

CHANGE OF MANAGEMENT

After the resignation of Frank Hammer, the managing engineer Volker Eckmann is entrusted with the general management of the GIF company.

December 2006
30th anniversary

30 years of GIF

February 2009
Company name amended,
Hidria GIF GmbH

CHANGE OF NAME

June 2011
New branch office South in Bavaria

NEW BRANCH OFFICE

January 2014
New branch office West in
North Rhine-Westphalia

NEW BRANCH OFFICE

December 2014
Demerger from the Hidria Holding
through MBO

MBO

Volker Eckmann and Steffen Wintergerst, so far managing the entreprise as employed directors, buy the company off ensuring the Job of all 40 employees. The reason for this Management-Buyout is the reorientation of the owner, the Slovenian Hidria Group.

January 2015
Company name amended,
GIF ActiveVent GmbH

GIF ACTIVEVENT

December 2016
40th anniversary

40 years of GIF

FROM OUR BLOG

GIF ActiveVent at INTERNORGA Hamburg 2018

GIF ActiveVent showed presence at the fair INTERNORGA Hamburg 2018. Visitors were met and made welcome, relations with existing clients and partners strengthened.

Technical Product Designer

  For this vacancy we look for a candidate to begin at the earliest time in our head office in Freiburg. Technical Product Designer Applications to Mr Steffen Wintergerst: personal@gif-activevent.com

GIF ActiveVent at INTERNORGA Hamburg 2018

GIF ActiveVent showed presence at the fair INTERNORGA Hamburg 2018. Visitors were met and made welcome, relations with existing clients and partners strengthened.