History

BGS company history

BGS Beta-Gamma-Service GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1981 by Dr. Lothar Wiesner in Wiehl near Gummersbach. His business idea: To offer new and beneficial radiation technology for the industry as a first-class, demand-oriented and customer-specific service often considered too complex and costly by many companies.

Due to continuous growth and its dynamic willingness to invest, the independent and medium-sized company has developed into Germany’s largest provider of radiation services over the years. At three logistically favourable locations – Bruchsal near Karlsruhe, Saal an der Donau and Wiehl near Cologne – BGS nowadays operates two gamma plants and eight electron accelerators in total. With the strategic expansion of the plants, services can be provided in equal measure at all locations; this improves logistics and flexibility for our customers and enables faster cycle times.

Numerous strategic partnerships with universities and leading research institutes as well as close relationships with customers are the prerequisite for innovation and continuous development – in recognition of this, our company recently received the TOP 100 Innovator award (2019).

Today, BGS is owned by the families Kotz (Wiehl) and Fissler (Idar-Oberstein). Since 2008, Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki has guided the fortune of the company as managing director.

BGS Company milestones

1981

Foundation of the company by Dr. Lothar Wiesner

1986

Bruchsal becomes the second location with a 4.5 MeV electron accelerator

1997

The new 5 MCi Cobalt-60 gamma plant in Wiehl goes into operation

2000

Saal an der Donau becomes the third location with a 10 MeV electron accelerator for highly-automated irradiation of piece goods

2002

New construction of a 10 MeV electron accelerator for the irradiation of parts with dimensions of up to 12 m x 1.60 m in Bruchsal

2008

Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki assumes the management of the company

2009

New construction of a 5 MeV accelerator for the irradiation of pipes and tubes at the location in Saal a. d. Donau

2010

Expansion of a new logistics centre with approximately 8.500 mof space in Saal a. d. Donau

2011

Expansion of a new logistics center for sterile products in Wiehl

2013

Introduction of a modern ERP software system for full process integration at all locations

2014

Installation of a modern handling system with high throughput performance for the automated handling of packed products in Saal; the plant capacity is doubled

2015

Installation of a new 3.0 MeV multi-purpose accelerator with a performance of 150 kW in Wiehl for additional irradiation capacities of products on drums and in cardboard packages

2018

The new 6 MCi Cobalt-60 gamma plant with a highly-automated logistics center goes into operation in Bruchsal