More than 110 years of history

The major steps in the life of the organisation

  • 1905Léon Guilbert sets up a business specialising in soldering equipment and petrol lamps in the 11th arrondissement in Paris.
  • 1910He incorporates the manufacture of his products using the Express brand.
  • 1927Guilbert Express launches the first electric soldering irons.
  • 1932Guilbert Express starts marketing equipment which operates using butane/propane, and which is destined to experience considerable growth after the Second World War.
  • 1950At the beginning of the 1950s and with increasing demand from the general public, after a careful assessment of consumers’ needs, Guilbert Express bring out a new range of modified blowlamps and soldering irons.
  • 1972Revolution in the plumbing sector with the appearance of the "Cercoflam Express".
  • 1992Guilbert Express is asked to design and make the torch for the Olympic flame for the Albertville Winter Olympics. 150 copies are made which truly resemble works of art.
  • 2002Version 2000 certification to ISO 9001.
  • 2005Guilbert Express is 100 years old.
  • 2008The Express brand is the French benchmark for heating tools for building trades professionals and, at the very centre of the Sahara, celebrates with customers the 5 millionth Express blowlamp sold.
  • 2009Version 2008 ISO Certification.
  • 2012Guilbert Express was awarded the prestigious Visas Qualité 2012 prize in the "Leadership" category in recognition of its performance in terms of competitiveness at a ceremony organized at the Ministry of Finance by the leaders of France Qualité Performance.
  • 2015Guilbert Express tests numerous new products throughout the world and continues to pursue its international growth, in particular by locating in Dubai.
  • 2017Guilbert Express wins the 2017 Operational Excellence award in the presence of Pierre Gattaz, president of MEDEF.

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