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GIES history - More than 100 years of tradition


Looking back on more than 100 years of tradition

Gies Kerzen is one of Europe's major producers of candles. The production site in Glinde alone turns out thousand million tea lights per year. Lined up, this annual production quantity would reach once around the equator.

Adam Joseph Gies sets up „Wachsindustrie Fulda Adam Gies“ (Adam Gies Fulda Wax Works), laying the foundations for a company that today is one of the leading candle producers.  


Expansion: a subsidiary plant by the name of „Gebrüder Gies“ (Gies Brothers) is established in Bergedorf near Hamburg.


The Bergedorf factory has become too small. Gies Brothers move to new premises in nearby Glinde.


A year of great changes. Flensburg based spirits distillery „Hermann G. Dethleffsen“ takes over the Glinde company. It also acquires the Danish candle factory ASP-Holmblad, established in 1777, and integrates it as a sales company for Scandinavia into „Gebrüder Gies GmbH & Co. KG" (Gies Brothers Co Ltd).



Dethleffsen also buys Wachsindustrie Fulda Adam Gies. The candle division now operates under the name of  „Gies Kerzen Adam Gies GmbH & Co., Glinde und Fulda“.


1985 to 1989
Swedish group „Skane Gripen“ from Malmö is interested in forming a strong candle collaboration. Swiss company „Becker Kerzen“ and Gies Kerzen merge into the Gies Group. Production is shifted to the modern factory in Glinde, and the Glinde site is expanded.


„Liljeholmens Stearinfabriks AB“ , founded 156 years ago and based in Swedish Oskarshamn, joins the Group.


The Gies Group now consists of  five modern European production units. Led by the new parent company „Liljeholmens Stearinfabriks AB“ the Group goes public at the Swedish stock exchange.


Gies Group joins the „Blyth Group“, a corporation listed on the American stock exchange. 


The newly established  ALG Holding A.B., based in Malmö, Sweden, takes over the Gies Group from Blyth.


Gies Kerzen is in an optimal position for future growth. As a trusted and reliable trade partner, Gies professionally manages and extends its range of brand and private label products.


111th anniversary of Gies Kerzen