Bock Energietechnik GmbH is located in the Upper Palatinate Forest, in a rural area in Eastern Bavaria. About 20 km from the border with the Czech Republic, not far from the 250 km long so-called ‘Glass Road’. A 700-year glass tradition has always shaped this area and the people in this region are closely associated with the material ‘glass’.
THE BEGINNINGS – PIONEERING WORK IN THE FIELD OF ELECTRIC MELT
Shaped by the landscape – the Upper Palatinate Forest, Eastern Bavaria – and its history – 700 years of tradition in glassmaking, it is only more than understandable that the father of the current company owner devoted himself to glass from an early age and brought this into line with his specialist field, electrical engineering.
This was the birth of the engineering office Bock. Founded in the year of 1984 by Dipl.-Ing. Werner Bock – further developed into Bock Energietechnik GmbH.
Even then, a major goal was to be able to operate glass melting furnaces more efficiently and more independently of fossil fuels with the help of additional electrical heating.
What is taken for granted today – was real pioneering work 40 years ago.
THE NEXT GENERATION – BOCK IS DEVELOPING INTO A FULL-SERVICE PROVIDER
Günther Bock, the son of the company founder, continues the company’s history. Together with his wife Diana, he has been managing the fortunes of the Bock company since 2016, which has meanwhile developed into a cross-industry full-service provider.
Many years of know-how, 15 skilled employees, a keen sense for glass and the needs of the market and, last but not least, short decision-making paths and the will to achieve the best for the customer are just some of the factors that have made this development possible.
A LOT HAS HAPPENED SINCE THE BEGINNING
Completion of the new production hall in summer 2019
In summer 2019, Bock completed a new production hall. This means that another 400 square metres are available for the production of additional electrical heating systems, electrode holders, cooling water systems and glass level measurements.
Expansion of the machine pool – own production of electrode holders, heating systems and other products
In addition, investments were made in new machinery. A modern CNC milling centre and a CNC turning centre are now available, which enable Bock’s specialists to manufacture even faster and more efficiently. Bock is proud to be able to manufacture customer-specific, tailor-made high-quality components and systems in its own workshops, such as heating systems, electrode holders or protective covers for electrical components. This autonomy enables Bock to act independently, reliably and quickly.
SERVICE AND HOT WORK AND SPECIAL DRILLING TECHNIQUES
Günther Bock, the owner of Bock Energietechnik GmbH, learned his craft from scratch thanks to his parents’ business, his apprenticeship and training as a glassworks technician and the many activities with customers around the world. Based on this knowledge and experience, he was able to expand Bock’s range of services by adding another component.
Among other things, BOCK also carries out service work such as exchanging electrode holders and hot drilling work.
New ideas, process and drilling techniques are tested on site in practical trials for their implementation and efficiency. Great emphasis is placed on customer involvement.
Perhaps some places and regions actually have good energy. We do not know that. What we do know, however, is that a solid, down-to-earth family business has established itself in a small village in Eastern Bavaria/Germany and has taken its place on the world market. And Bock will do everything in its power to continue to shape the future in an innovative and customer-oriented manner in order to continue to be a reliable partner for the glass industry.