History

The milestones in our company’s history
History

1937
Building company Gielissen’s Bedrijven BV founded in Eindhoven by Toon Gielissen.

Zoutstraat

1945
Gielissen enters the market for trade fairs and exhibitions with customers like the Ministry of Agriculture, Philips and the NCH, the Netherlands Center for Promotion of Trade. Bert, Toon Gielissen’s son, had also joined the business the year before.

 

1947 Letterblokken

1948
Expansion into international exhibition stand-building.

1964
Expansion of the company’s building on the Zoutstraat in Eindhoven.

1971
Move from the Zoutstraat to the Hurksestraat, both in Eindhoven. The first intercontinental assignments.

1984
Bart Wigman becomes Director of Gielissen.

1987
Move to today’s location on the Freddy van Riemsdijkweg in the Eindhoven Airport business park.

1990
Van Gielissen Neos Interieurprojecten founded in Helmond to handle the many interiors projects.

1994
Director Bart Wigman acquires the shares held by the British parent company, The Melville Group, to become owner and making Gielissen an independent Dutch company.

1995
Gielissen Neos grows and moves to a new building on the “Zuidoost-Brabant” business park in Helmond. It is still based there today.

1997
Second building opens on the Freddy van Riemsdijkweg in the Eindhoven Airport business park.

1998
With the acquisition of the Maci Group in Amsterdam, Gielissen Interiors & Exhibitions now has an operation in Amsterdam. Botim timmerfabriek in Deurne is acquired and from now on is called Gielissen Botim Exclusieve Interieurs. Gielissen opens operation in Düsseldorf, Germany, the first outside the Netherlands.

2000
Meyson Tentoonstellingsbouw in Nieuw-Vennep is acquired and continues operations under the name of Gielissen Meyson Interiors & Exhibitions.

2003
Gielissen in Amsterdam and Gielissen Meyson join forces in a new building in Amsterdam under the name of Gielissen Interiors & Exhibitions. In January, Gielissen takes over all operations, assets and inventories of Exhibit Factory in Helmond (previously Van Schijndels Bedrijven Internationale Tentoonstellingsbouw).

2005
As business grows, Gielissen Stuttgart moves into new offices in Aichelberg.

2006
Second German operation opens, now in Hanover. Gielissen Botim moves home from Deurne to the location in Helmond, next door to Gielissen Neos.
 
2008
Another move of the German operation in Stuttgart to Göppingen.
Opening of our new operation in the Emirates (Abu Dhabi).

2009
New operation opens in Belgium (Lier).

2011
New operation opens in Atlanta with the acquisition of Nuance International.

2015
In Helmond we celebrate 25 years of interior projects and a brand new ISO14001 certification. We also open our ship wharf in Helmond; Gielissen Shipyard. Gielissen USA moves to new premises in Flowery Branche (Georgia, close to Atlanta).

2016
Gielissen Interiors & Exhibitions is renamed in Gielissen | Interiors|Exhibitions|Events with an updated corporate image & logo.

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