The years of foundation

The years of foundation

Vehicles for the transport of liquids and bulk goods

In 1962 GOFA was founded as manufacturer of pressure tank vehicles by Heinrich Janssen. From the very beginning GOFA has produced vehicles for liquids and bulk goods as tank bodies, semi trailers or trailers with vessels made of carbon and stainless steel as well as aluminium.

The 70's

The 70's

Entry into the gases sector with LPG and CO2

In a very short time GOFA became a major European manufacturer. In the seventies the product range was been expanded to include CO2 and LPG semi trailers.

The 80's

The 80's

Entry into swap systems and cryogenic tanks
Since the early eighties the whole production portfolio has been available in versions like containers or swap bodies, too. In 1985 the first unit for the transport of cryogenic gases was delivered. Soon GOFA also become one of the largest manufacturers in this sector.

The 90's

The 90's

Flammable cryogenic gases
In the nineties GOFA expanded its product range with cryogenic designs for flammable gases like LNG or Ethylene.

Turn of the millennium

Turn of the millennium

Aluminium vessels for cryogenic tanks
Since the year 2000 GOFA has been producing outer and/or inner vessels from aluminium also in the cryogenic gas sector. Here our experience over decades with ADR aluminium pressure tanks in other product sectors serves as an important technologic basis.

After the year 2000

After the year 2000

The company's history after the year 2000: Generation change

Heinrich Janssen, the founder of GOFA died at the age of 83 in 2003. From that date his children Christa, Brigitte and Heinz, who had been long-standing employees in his company, took over the leadership. GOFA grew internationally in the following years.

 

In the course of their own generation change the Janssen siblings decided then in 2011 to sell GOFA to the globally operating Chart Group. Under the leadership of Chart the international growth course has been successfully continued. Christa and Brigitte Janssen entered well-earned retirement in 2012 while Heinz Janssen remains with the company as technical managing director.

At present

At present

Strong market position and internationalization

Today GOFA is an internationally established and market-leading manufacturer of pressure tank vehicles. GOFA offers a full range of semi trailers, trailers, containers, swap bodies as well as fixed bodies in the product areas gas (cryogenic air gases, flammable cryogenic gases, CO2, LPG and other gases), liquids (chemicals, food) and bulk. Designs for all European countries and standards as well as for many other countries and regions are available.

The high grade and the durability of the products with a simultaneous excellent payload are highly regarded in the market. Our high flexibility during the realization of all customer-specific projects and requests in connection with our rapid reaction time is unique.

Every day GOFA is going to become more international. The customer base spreads far beyond the European borders by now. Our customer group ranges from global players as well as large and small medium-sized enterprises to the freight forwarder driving by himself.

 

 

Future

Future

Corporate growth and ongoing product innovations with consistent high quality standards

The growth and the internationalization of GOFA are going to be continued in the next years.

On the basis of the current strong European market position and in the global group of Chart Industries the expansion of the world market leadership in the field of cryogenic vehicles shall be continued. In our other product areas we will count on growth in the European and other selected non-European markets in the future as well.

GOFA is and will be a technical leader in quality and innovation and therefore also still a fundamental guarantor for the best vehicle under aspects of costs/benefits and quality/payload.

We will continue to establish and expand our existing lead in the market by continuous product innovations and investments.