- The GVS Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of filters and components for applications in the Healthcare, Life Sciences, Automotive, Appliance, Safety, and Commercial & Industrial Filtration.
- The Group's clear strategy towards internationalization, has led to the opening of 15 production facilities located in Italy, UK, Brazil, the United States, China and Romania, as well as offices in Germany, Russia, Turkey, Argentina, Japan, Korea and India. GVS currently have a workforce of over 2,300 people globally.
- For more than 35 years, GVS has focused on innovation in its products range and production processes, constantly improving its development capacity to provide the best service and support for its clients
Wide range of standard products
GVS produce a wide range of standard filters and components in all the divisions, these standard products support customers by eliminating the need for large investments to develop new products or improve existing processes.
All the GVS product range meet the highest quality standards required, even for very high tech or critical applications. Working at this level guarantees a high quality level for every product manufactured.
GVS has developed a flexible and dynamic structure with advanced technological skills.
For customers who require product development or just process development we offer a complete service. This covers all stages of the project including product and process design, validation, up to the mass production for large quantities.
Ever since it was founded, the GVS Group has demonstrated a strong inclination towards expansion into global markets. Through the GVS Corporate headquarters and subsidiaries worldwide GVS have built a commercial and manufacturing network to support its clients locally offering a more effective and efficient technical support and customer service.
In high technology and safety critical markets GVS has found it vitally important to be able to work at a local level with customers as well as remaining in contact with their head offices globally. With this approach GVS have been able to share innovative solutions to problems across their international network.
GVS currently have sites in the following locations: Italy (3), UK (2), Brazil (1), USA (2), China (2) and Romania (1) as well as offices in Germany, Spain, México, Argentina, China, Japan, Korea, India and Russia.
History - Timeline
GVS was founded in 1979 and initially focused on medical blood filters production. The company later branched out into the production of a wide range of proprietary products, rapidly gaining considerable success and receiving recognition worldwide. The company was founded by Grazia Valentini with the support of her father Renato, one of the first injection mold designers in Italy. Between them they developed the first innovative techniques of automatic co-molding on horizontal presses and these were the foundations on which the present company technologies were based.
The work done in critical and maximum-safety sectors such as the Automotive sector (ABS braking systems) the Medical sector (blood filtering), Life Sciences (diagnostic and biotechnology), Safety and Biohzard (respiratory and antiviral protection), Molecular Filtration (chemical protection) has encouraged GVS's inclination towards constant innovation and improvement. GVS is today considered a group with a fine tradition of quality and high technological innovation in design and materials used, and it is these features which are the key to its international success.
Throughout its history, GVS has always invested in people and benefitted from the skills, energy and enthusiasm they bring to the company. It’s the people within the business that drive the success of the group. GVS recognise this and provide incentives for their creativity whilst and cultivating their professional skills to ensure continuous development and innovation.
GVS established by Ms. Grazia Valentini as GVS Srl producing filters for medical applications
Automotive division is set up and a second production plant opened.
Opening of the third production plant.
Opening of a subsidiary in Belgrade, to cover all the ex-Yugoslavia market.
GVS obtains ISO 9001: 1994 Quality System Management Standard Certification.
A GVS subsidiary is opened in Buenos Aires.
GVS obtains QS 9000 and AVSQ'94 Certifications.
Setting up of GVS do Brasil at Monte Mor, Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Opening of the Group's new head-offices in Bologna.
Change-over to GVS SpA, to best sustain future growth. The B Group private equity fund contributes capital through the purchase of a minority share of GVS.
Opening of a sales office in Shanghai, China.
Startup of a trading partnership in Tokyo, Japan.
Construction and opening of the fourth production plant in Italy, GVS Sud, in Manocalzati (AV).
Opening of the new branch, GVS Filter Technology Inc., in Indianapolis, USA.
Opening of a new branch in Guadalajara, Mexico.
GVS Filter Technology Inc. moves in to a new production facility in the USA.
GVS obtains ISO/TS 16949:2002 certification, and ISO13485 certification for the medical sector. GVS Shareholders buy back shares from the B Group fund.
Started joint venture with a local Chinese medical company.
China: 100% Acquisition of Local Chinese JV (medical).
Brazil: Doubling of production capacity by extending the production plant.
GVS Italian headquarters successfully achieved UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 certification.
Spain: Acquisition of GEMA Medical, Laboratory Filtration.
Acquisition of Fenchurch Environmental Group in the UK.
GVS obtains ISO 9001: 2008 quality system management standard certification revision
Mandarin Capital Partners enters contributing contributing capital through the purchase of a minority share in GVS Group.
Japan: Startup of GVS Japan and Nihon Nypro Acquisition
UK: Acquisition of 100% Remploy Ltd, HEPA filter producer (C&I Filtration Division)
Complete reorganisation of the Chinese Suzhou plant into a world class manufacturing site.
UK: Complete the acquisition of the UK Fenchurch Group
GVS acquired a majority stake in Maine Manufacturing to facilitate the acquisition of the Filter & Membrane business of GE Osmonics and GE Healthcare Lifesciences.
Puerto Rico: Acquisition of IVEX and Nutrivex Filter product line of NP Medical
GVS SpA: Firstbond issuing with a private placement subscriber.
Complete Start up GVS Korea & GVS Russia
100% Acquisition of an Italian bio-hazard equipment manufacturer.
Complete Mandarin Capital Partners buy back.
Group launch of a new supply chain system.
100% Acquisition of a Brazilian disposable mask company for the Safety Division.
Reorganisation of the UK manufacturing site.
New 8.000 sqm manufacturing plant in Romania.
3000-sqm expansion of the Italian manufactoring site.
GVS complete the acquisition of SEGRE AB, swedish manufacturer of disposable masks
Research & Technological Development
Technology at the Heart of the Business
Thanks to pioneering strategic choices and considerable investments in R&D and advanced management systems GVS has obtained considerable success throughout its history and received a number of international awards.
Constantly Committed to Development
In order to offer its clients a wide range of services and high-quality, reliable products, GVS has invested in modern equipment, systems and techniques. These techniques support its programs of research and technological development and also assist in the design of new innovative products. Each manufacturing plant globally shares these innovations to assist the group continue to develop at the forefront of technology.
Customer product developments are followed at every step by the GVS Design Team, from their initial concept through to their industrial production. Proprietary products are developed internally and feature advanced technical innovation compared to existing products in the international market. Where possible the design teams make use of the internally produced GVS membranes and filter media to ensure products perform to the best possible standards.
This design process has resulted in a large number of patents being filed and accepted for the more unique design features within the GVS product range.
Quality & Environment
A Tradition of Quality
GVS Group have operated to the international standard ISO 9001 since 1995. 2 years later GVS attained the QS9000. After a further 8 years of certification according to the QS9000 standard, the automotive division then acquired the new ISO/TS 16949 certification. This is the new world standard for the automotive sector.
The Medical Division has obtained ISO 13485 certification as well as authorisation for CE marking in accordance with the European Directive 93/42/EEC for some of its medical devices.
The majority of GVS plants have successfully achieved UNI EN ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management System (EMS).
All other divisions continue to operate to ISO 9001 and other required certifications for their specific markets.
GVS - a "Quality-Oriented" Group
The GVS quality procedures are the common foundation for all those working with the GVS group. GVS constantly innovates and improves its structure and organisational processes, developing and monitoring systems to guarantee a high level of quality and excellence for its internal and external clients.
Defect Free Manufacturing
Satisfaction of the client's expectations and staff training are the main objectives of GVS. By applying principles of Quality and continuous improvement the company makes use of advanced design technologies, methods of error prevention and control systems. These system are used throughout the manufacturing processes worldwide to reduce the percentage of products which do not comply with specifications and helps us reach our target of 100% defect free manufacturing.
GVS Fast Facts
A DYNAMIC AND FLEXIBLE STRUCTURE
GVS has developed a flexible and dynamic structure with advanced technological systems which enabled it to achieve constant and balanced growth. The group currently has a workforce of over 2.300 people operating with more than 200 molding presses and automatic assembly cells. GVS Group has Clean Rooms with classes 10,000 to 100,000. The total covered surface area and controlled contamination manufacturing departments of all sites now exceeds 26,000 square metres.
1.6 BILLION UNITS
1.6 BILLION UNITS
in 25 LOCATIONS AROUND THE WORLD
in 25 LOCATIONS AROUND THE WORLD
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STABLE DEVELOPMENT IN DIVERSE MARKET SECTORS
The GVS Group has witnessed a constant and significant improvement in its economic and production figures over the last 35 years. Today the business covers 6 different product groups and divisions covering a wide range of different market sectors. In 2015 the Group reached a turnover of 130 million Euro and a produced over 1.6 billion items selling into 60 countries through the Groups own commercial network.
GLOBAL PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION
GVS Group's clear strategy to develop internationally by scaling existing business models into new markets has led to the opening of 11 production facilities. These are located in Italy, UK, Brazil, US, China and Romania, as well as offices in Germany, Spain, Serbia, Argentina, México, Japan, Korea, India and Russia. The Head Office and 3 manufacturing facilities are based in Italy and produce 6% of the sales. The remaining 94% of the turnover is from main international markets: Europe, North and South America, and Asia.