About us

Highly specialized mechanical engineering since 1962

Developing top technology from Lübeck for the international market – that was the target set by Prof. Ulrich GABLER, owner of the former Ingenieurkontor Lübeck (IKL,) when he founded the GABLER Maschinenbau GmbH in 1962. In close cooperation with IKL engineers, technical ideas for the submarine area were to be realized in a workshop. Hence, prototypes, components, test methods and special machines of highest quality were put to test and manufactured here.

Very quickly the company has developed successfully and is held in high esteem all over the world, also thanks to its pioneering work in this sector. In addition to the production of submarine components, GABLER has over the decades specialized in the manufacturing of automatic thermoforming machines for the packaging industry and has gained an excellent reputation in this field, as well.

Since 2013 the GABLER Group is a member of the Possehl Group based in Lübeck. Founded in 1847, this Group today consists of more than 150 companies, and is intentionally divided into eight independently working business sectors with more than 12,000 employees worldwide, half of which work in Germany. This affiliation provides safety, yet also gives us all entrepreneurial freedom.


Ready for the future with the latest in production technology and innovative capacity

During the past years the GABLER Group has expanded with great innovative capacity. Assuming the leadership in the global technological market in the areas of marine and thermoforming technology is the declared corporate goal of the GABLER Group. Together with its management, a staff of more than 250, of which more than 70 are engineers and technicians, has committed itself to reach for this target. This shared commitment serves yet another goal of highest priority: securing our workplaces and training opportunities.

Guarantor for the company's success is not only our qualified team but also the high-quality technical equipment / facilities. This allows a high level of vertical integration and quick implementation of varying development and design requirements. Moreover, we possess an enormous variety of development capacities and hence the necessary innovativeness so deeply appreciated by our technically ambitious clients.

GABLER to the power of two: Marine Technology and Thermoform

The close cooperation between GABLER's Innovation Forum and technical colleges and universities ensures our active contribution towards shaping newest trends and developments.

Always remain innovative and in search for the latest technical opportunities – this ambition shapes thinking and acting under the roof of the GABLER Group, of which both companies GABLER Marinetechnik and GABLER Thermoform benefit equally.

This provides the basis for the outstanding market positions for each company – and the excellent reputation all our company's products enjoy.

Consistently secure and expand potentials

Globalization moves on, markets continue to grow together. We are ready. At the same time we consider ourselves to be an independent company and safeguard our interests to the benefit of all our staff members.

The company policy of the GABLER Group is developed within an organized procedure and is updated annually. Taking our present position in the markets and  a corresponding competitive analysis as point of departure, we deliberately set goals aimed at further improving our companies' position on the global market. These targets are broken down into actions and necessary investments in human resources and machinery and are then consistently pursued.  With the help of a sophisticated training system, our staff members, as one of our most valued success factors, are permanently kept up-to-date with the latest standard  of knowledge.

As part of the GABLER Campus we are in close contact to technical colleges and universities. We systematically support trainee, seminar and bachelor/master thesis work – including possible accommodation on our company grounds. With this commitment we have the chance of winning over junior employees as well as extending our own knowledge.

In addition, we back upper secondary schools, regional and comprehensive schools with school sponsorships, thus arousing early technical interest.

Lübeck – much more than merely our location

With their location in Lübeck, both GABLER companies have an optimum infrastructure for manufacturing their products. The company premises are located just outside the gates of Lübeck in immediate vicinity of the loading port Lübeck-Travemünde and with good connections to the freeways A20 and the A1 leading to the Port of Hamburg and Hamburg Airport, both about 70km away.

Moreover, Lübeck is much more than that for us – it is a jewel of the Baltic Sea, declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site, the "Queen of the Hanseatic League". We are proud of our city – and are accordingly active.

Above and beyond our own needs, we provide vocational training work for Lübeck and its region, we are engaged in association work and in the "Kaufmannschaft zu Lübeck" (the merchant's guild of Lübeck). We act as sponsor for social institutions and support our youth as well as creative projects.

We consider ourselves to be ambassadors of Lübeck for our clients. During business calls we are pleased to show them the beauties of our unique city and provide insight into the 850‑year old "lübsche" history of Lübeck.