A short historical insight

The Dr. Gupta Verlag is a privately held family business. Dr. Heinz Bijou Prosad Gupta (born 1932 in Calcutta) founded the publishing house in July 1993. His son, chemist Frank Ananda Gupta worked from the beginning as editor and technical director for the publishing house.

Dr. Gupta studied chemistry at the University of Bonn. After graduation, he worked for the Cable Plant Duisburg and Paguag. From 1970, he worked as a consultant for several manufacturers of tires, molded articles and foam rubber products. In 1972 he also accepted the editorship of the GAK. His work experience in the industry and as a consultant was an excellent basis for the journalistic track. At that time the GAK was still part of Gentner publishing published under the name Gummi – Asbest – Kunststoffe (rubber - asbestos – plastics). Since March 1948 the magazine was an important source of information for and within the rubber industry. The magazine was intended for the technician, the engineer and chemist. It has always been the editors’ endeavour to process objectively and scientifically sound information to a format that can easily be utilized by practitioners and quickly be used for decision making.

This is how it should remain even after almost 46 years but complemented by very special editorials! The aim was to intensively report on raw materials, machinery, products, processes and their scientific backgrounds, while still paying attention to relevant economic and legal news.

After the establishment of the publishing house in 1993 the first GAK Gummi – Fasern – Kunststoffe was released in January 1994 at Dr. Gupta Verlag.

In 2006 the portfolio was extended with an English edition of the GAK - The RFP Rubber - Fibres – Plastics and in 2010 with the RFP for China, the Chinese-language edition.

Dr. Gupta is continuously determined to improve the image of the industry, whose prosperity is so important to him. For his outstanding achievements in research, technology and economy and as a thank you for this tireless commitment he was awarded in 2006 the Medal of the German Rubber Society (DKG e.V.).

In 2014, Dr. Ernst Debie took over the editorship of GAK and RFP.

While launching the new PU Magazin at the K 2001 - a new journal by Dr. Gupta Verlag for the polyurethane industry - Dipl. Chem. Frank Ananda Gupta assumed the responsibility for the new project. With his commitment, wealth of ideas, expertise and special sensitivity for topics and people he established in the following years the magazine as the technical reference journal for the polyurethane industry. His sometimes provocative, sometimes thoughtful, but always highly entertaining editorials were legendary.

With particular passion and combined with unlimited willingness to travel, he pushed the internationalization of the magazine and launched in 2004 with PU Magazine International a very successful English-language edition, in 2010 the Chinese edition PU Magazine for China followed.

The death of Frank Ananda Gupta in the summer of 2012 was a tragic loss for all. But thanks to the large support of the entire team, the commitment by Angela Austin, the joining of his sister Dipl. Heilpäd. Indira Gupta, M. A., and especially the trusting support of customers, the popular PU Magazine continues to globally spread.

Angela Austin, who in previous years, both professionally and personally at the side of Frank Ananda Gupta, took over the position as chief editor after his death, which she passed on in summer 2014 due to personal reasons to Dr. Wolfgang Friederichs.

Over the years a new material called for more and more space, so that in 2009 the world's only magazine for TPE (thermoplastic elastomers) was launched. Today's editor in chief of the TPE Magazine International is Dr. Stephanie Waschbüsch.