The world-renowned aircraft manufacturer Dornier began building textile machinery after the Second World War.The reason for this realignment: The Allies had prohibited the company from building aircraft in Germany. In 1950, Lindauer DORNIER GmbH was founded by Peter Dornier, son of the famous aviation pioneer Claude Dornier, in the same building in Lindau-Rickenbach which still serves as the company headquarters.The first result of his search for a new field of activity was the manufacture of shuttle weaving machines.
Extensive product range
Soon after this, Lindauer DORNIER GmbH began building specialty machines as well, including dryers for the cardboard, paper and construction panel industry. In the mid-1960s, the product range was expanded to include foil stretching systems for the packaging and plastic foil industry and textile finishing machines for circular knitted goods.
The rapier weaving machine developed in 1967 and the air-jet weaving machine introduced in 1989 were the most important milestones in the company's rise to become the Germany's only weaving machine manufacturer of international standing.
Technology leader with two mainstays
With three corporate divisions, weaving machinery, specialty systems and Composite Systems®, today DORNIER has established itself as a global technology leader.
The final products of our weaving machines include highly demanding fabrics such as airbags, carbon fabrics for composite structures and aramide fabrics for fireproof or bulletproof applications. The DORNIER system family is also the optimum tool for manufacturing finest pure silk fabrics, intricate Jacquard items and the most delicate worsted fabrics.
In system design and construction, DORNIER is a market leader in the engineering and production of systems for manufacturing ultra-thin plastic foils. Besides the packaging industry these films are being used increasingly in high-tech products such as semiconductors, capacitors for hybrid cars and film displays in mobile phones and flat screens.
Today, more than 90 % of the products made by our roughly 1,000 employees are exported all over the world.
We are an internationally oriented family enterprise serving industry as a manufacturer of machinery and special machinery. A hallmark of our company is that we strive for success through technical progress.
Our products for the textile, plastic and specialty machine industries are tailor-made to meet the requirements and needs of our customers.
Finding extraordinary solutions is part of our daily work.
In the development of our products, we endeavor to preserve the Proven and combine it with the Innovative. We perform the core processes ourselves.
We are thus committed to create the requisite economical environment for this. We work unceasingly to improve the price and performance ratio of our products.
We are committed to making a profit which will enable us to continue developing our products and ensure the safety of our employees at work.
This is founded on the creative spirit and cost consciousness.
Our number one priority is the high quality of our products. This is our most important asset in the face of fierce competition on the world market. The same applies for our service to our customers: Our mission is to provide our customers with the services of a reliable, professional partner.
We strive to design and manufacture our products so that they are as safe and environmentally compatible as possible.
Our company is characterized by modesty and self-confidence. Every individual is expected to live and exemplify these qualities in their dealings with each other and third parties. Openness and respect in communicating with people whose customs and cultures are different are essential for us.
Our work is informed by the principles of personal effort, collegial conduct, information and positive motivation. All who work with us are expected to live by these principles.
Today's weaving machines are expected to meet many different requirements by the textile industry: Flexible, smooth material delivery is as important as enormous pattern variety, total functional reliability and flawless goods.The industry also demands that machine downtimes are kept as short as possible, so that production can proceed at a constant, high speed. The unique DORNIER system family, consisting of rapier and air-jet weaving machines, is the ideal answer to the exacting list of demands from the market.
What began with tentering frames has led to the development of foil stretching systems and other solutions. Originally, these frames were used to product foils for the film industry. Later, various kinds of packaging foils were added, and these are still produced on the machines to this day. Regarding the operating principle of such systems: With the aid of mechanical clips which can sustain transverse loads as high as 3,500 N, molten plastic granules are stretched lengthwise and sideways with rolling and heating processes to achieve the desired foil form and a thickness as low as 0.8 µm. At temperatures up to 280 °C, production outputs reaching 30 kilometers of foil per hour are standard.
The textile finishing machine for circular knitted goods also has its origins in the tentering frame, but owes its existence to the former aviation engineers' knowledge of fluid mechanics. In former times, circular knitted goods had to be cut open specifically for finishing, but in 1978, with its patented circular expander DORNIER began mercerizing, singeing and thermofixing tubular goods for the first time anywhere in the world.
In 2014, the DORNIER Composite Systems® business division was founded. In this division, the company combines the core competencies acquired in its two globally respected business lines: weaving machines and specialty machines.