February 2010 - DORNIER weaving machines for the textile museum
He has woven net(work)s and strung threads together, and Egon Wirth is still at it – just like a real “Dornian”. The recently opened Bayerische Textil und Industriemuseum (tim) also benefits from the involvment of the previous Marketing manager. And Peter D. Dornier, Chairman of the Company Management of LiDO, is proud of it.
DORNIER weaving machines for the textile museum
He has woven net(work)s and strung threads together, and Egon Wirth is still at it – just like a real “Dornian”. The recently opened "Bayerische Textil und Industriemuseum" (tim) also benefits from the involvment of the previous Marketing manager. And Peter D. Dornier, Chairman of the Company Management of LiDO, is proud of it.
Sometimes managers call on employees for special tasks but in the case of the "Bayerische Textil- und Industriemuseum" (tim) it was the other way round. Here, it was the employee who apparently made special requests to his manager. “Mr. Wirth got quite on my nerves with the whole museum thing” confirmed Peter D. Dornier, unable to suppress a smile. His longstanding Marketing manager who retired in April 2009 also smiled as he said: “Mr. Dornier was always easy to approach.”
The history of the tim, which cost 21 million Euro, is long and LiDO’s influence on the design concept considerable. First contacts were made between the museum and LiDO in 2002. Egon Wirth dissuaded the museum designers from a “dead” museum – it should be a living, productive museum just like the Dutch Audax Textile Museum in Tilburg – a museum renowned not just among experts, where, for example, three DORNIER weaving machines can be used for weaving.
The museum planners already had a tremendous treasure: The unique pattern book collection from the "Neue Augsburger Kattunfabrik" which was saved just before being sold to Japan. The pattern books reach back to 1790 and contain around 1.3 million frames with checked, flower, animal, striped and dot patterns. “It was clear from the very beginning that this national cultural possession must be exhibited in the new museum that had found a home in 5000 square meters in one of the buildings of the original Augsburger Kammgarnspinnerei” said Mr. Wirth.
The museum organizers wanted to exhibit weaving machines alongside so many patterns. They had found six DORNIER shuttle weaving machines, unused since the end of the Sixties, in a linen weaving shop. The question to Egon Wirth was: Could you get these machines working again for us? Wirth and the two former DORNIER employees Hans-Jörg Dietmayer and Gerd Brög were shocked as they saw the machines for the first time – the machines were in a terrible state.
The tim discovery was still an historic piece of luck for LiDO: The machines from 1952 belong to the first generation of weaving machines made in Lindau and were part of the beginning of machine construction by the Lindauer DORNIER GmbH after the Second World War. It took the Lindauer DORNIER, especially the apprentices managed by Martin Kaeß, about nine months to strip the machines apart, clean them and then build one machine for the museum.
New machines donated
Peter D. Dornier was also very interested in presenting the museum with two very modern high-tech weaving machines from today’s generation to round off the technological history – the story starts in 1200 in tim. Apart from that Egon Wirth contacted the Deutsche Modeschule which had exhibited a collection of high quality fabrics during the museum opening which had been, how could it be any different, woven on DORNIER machines by one of DORNIER’s longstanding customers, Weissbrod Zürrer.
Not only Peter D. Dornier and Egon Wirth hope that the Augsburger Museum will become as renowned as the Textile Museum in Holland. “The Dutch concentrate on home textiles and their products are very much in demand. The tim can fill this role for the textile design area” is Egon Wirth’s opinion. One thing is already very clear: If the tim manages this, then, as Peter D. Dornier says, that alongside Tilburg, LiDO “has a further multiplicator with an effect not to be underestimated“.
Lindauer DORNIER is 60 this year
LiDO is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. “We are convinced that, despite the crisis, our restructuring measures have prepared us well for the future” said Peter D. Dornier. “Of course, the economic situation must play its part”. The Specialty Machine Division is performing well and the Weaving Machine Division is hoping to show a “recovery” in the second Quarter. The LIDO currently has 1000 employees in Lindau, Esseratsweiler, China, America, India and Turkey.
Published in the Lindauer Zeitung on 2.2.2010 – Editor Mrs. Hildegard Nagler
DoTex weaving machine of the first
Restored DoTex weaving machine
Egon Wirth next to a high-tech DORNIER