History

1907

Claude Foster – the automotive parts pioneer who founded Gabriel in Cleveland, Ohio, USA – developed and patented the first shock absorber called the “Snubber”.

1918

The company continued to prosper in the suspension business, pioneering the first hydraulic shocks

1935

Gabriel comes to South Africa 

1956

The company continued to prosper in the suspension business, pioneering the first adjustable shocks

1962

Gabriel starts production in South Africa

1979

The company continued to prosper in the suspension business, pioneering the first  position and velocity sensitive shocks

1983

The company continued to prosper in the suspension business, pioneering the first gas-charged twin tube shocks

1984

Gabriel South Africa made its own contribution to Gabriel’s innovative history with the design and manufacturer of the “gas springs” which were promptly adopted by Gabriel plants worldwide.

1996

The company continued to prosper in the suspension business, pioneering the first velocity sensitive technology for shocks and struts.