The Q-railing story is all about vision, and a single-minded desire to create outstanding products. Innovation is in the company DNA, and has been ever since Wouter Guliker founded Q-railing’s antecedent, Antiqua Guliker GmbH, in Emmerich am Rhein, Germany.
1980 Wouter Guliker establishes the company Antiqua Guliker GmbH. Its focus is initially on brass products and decorative railing systems for restaurants, cafés, pubs and hotels.
2002 Antiqua Guliker introduces the very first modular railing system, Antiqua Technic, from 316 stainless steel. Superb quality, a distinctive design and ease of installation make it an instant success.
2003 With the introduction of the Technic system, Antiqua Guliker doubles the number of indoor railing components that it offers in 304-quality stainless steel. Sales figures also double.
2004 To take advantage of international opportunities, the department responsible for Antiqua Technic is spun off as a new brand, Q-railing (short for Quality-railing).
2005 British and Danish branches are launched.
2006 Q-railing is restructured as a holding company (Q-railing Europe GmbH & Co. KG) and 3 branches: Denmark (Q-railing Scandinavia), Germany (Q-railing Central Europe) and the UK (Q-railing UK).
2007 Further international expansion, with Q-railing Italia joining the family. The rapid growth of recent years has clearly not diluted the company’s commitment to design excellence and rich functionality, as Q-railing’s line of glass clamps achieves compliance with the demanding EN 12600 standard.
2008 The launch of a Polish branch is further evidence of the widespread appeal of Q-railing products. World-class innovation demands world-class infrastructure, however. The company establishes its own testing facility, Q-laboratory, which will pave the way for new technical achievements like Easy Glass®, Europe's first glass modular railing system.
2009 With the establishment of Q-railing Business (serving non-European countries other than USA and India) and Q-railing USA, the company can at last consider itself a truly worldwide supplier.
2010 Expansion continues apace with the opening of Q-railing España and the establishment of Q-railing Nigeria as a partnership.
2011 Strategic focus shifts to larger building projects, as architects are identified as a key target audience. Q-designs by Q-railing is launched. An Austrian branch opens and Q-railing Italia takes steps to meet growing demand by acquiring a larger facility with an on-site warehouse.
2012 Q-railing purchases the world-famous d line railing system and acquires the Indian company Carl F International (now Q-railing India) – important milestones on the road to achieving market leadership.
2013 A great year! Q-railing achieves certification in the international quality-management standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2008. The company also meets the requirements of the Achilles Joint Qualification System (JQS), allowing it to take offshore projects. Last but not least, Q-railing is honoured to supply 25,000 metres of balustrade and handrail for the 2014 FIFA World Cup stadiums in Rio de Janeiro and Manaus.
2014 Adding to its international network, Q-railing opens a branch in Brazil and a second office in the US.
Q-railing’s bright future A global leader in the market for complete railing solutions, Q-railing is known for technical innovation, stylish design and a never-ending supply of fresh concepts. To meet the increasing demand for its balustrades, handrails and accessories, the company will continue to focus on growth. For Q-railing, that means not just more offices, warehouses and team members, but also more extensive knowledge and a greater range of designs.