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Gabriel has a proud history of innovation and achievement stretching back to 1907 when Claude Foster – the automotive parts pioneer who founded Gabriel in Cleveland, Ohio, USA – developed and patented the first shock absorber called the “Snubber”.
The company continued to prosper in the suspension business, pioneering many more firsts – the first hydraulic shocks (1918), adjustable shocks (1956 and 1967), position and velocity sensitive shocks (1979), gas-charged twin tube shocks (1983) and velocity sensitive technology for shocks and struts (1996). Gabriel first came to South Africa in 1935, importing all products from the US. Production >in South Africa started in 1962 and some time later, in 1984,
Gabriel’s innovative history with the design and manufacturer of the “gas springs” which were promptly adopted by Gabriel plants worldwide.