Lindauer Dornier Society
|Lindauer Dornier GmbH
|Seat||Lindau , Germany|
|Number of employees||938 (2015)|
|sales||EUR 270 million (2011)|
|Branch||Mechanical and plant engineering|
The Lindauer Dornier GmbH is a German family company in Lindau , which in 1950 by Peter Dornier was founded and until 1985 part of the Dornier group was. Today it is an independent company owned by Dornier's descendants and manufactures weaving machines, textile finishing machines, film stretching systems and dryers.
In Dornier of were to end World War II only aircraft designed and manufactured. The plant in Rickenbach near Lindau served as a supplier, in which u. a. Tail parts were manufactured. After the war, the French occupying power had signed up German engine specialists and developed the ATAR turbines named after the initials under the name “Ateliers Techniques Aéronautiques de Rickenbach” and then relocated the activities to France .
In 1948 Dornier got the site back. In 1950 the company Lindauer Dornier GmbH was founded in today's parent company by Peter Dornier, the son of the well-known aviation pioneer Claude Dornier - the result of the search for a new field of activity. The reason for the reorientation: The Allies had completely banned the company from building aircraft in Germany. A nearby textile factory needed looms and spare parts after the weaving mills fell idle during the war. The high delivery times and demand gave Dornier the impetus to develop shuttle weaving machines, although he or his employees had no experience with them.
Initially shuttle looms and drying systems for the cardboard, paper and building material panel industries were produced. As in the past in aircraft construction, Dornier gained worldwide recognition in this area with innovations. In 1967 the introduction of the rapier weaving machine provided the basis for the rise to the largest German and at the same time internationally renowned weaving machine manufacturer. The air jet loom followed in 1989. Later, the production of further textile machines was added, so that LiDO manufactures the key components for weaving mills and therefore equips complete weaving mills. Film stretching machines were produced fairly early on as a second mainstay with equal success. The export share is 90%. According to information from the company, by 2007 over 55,000 weaving machines had left the factory since it was founded.
The Lindauer Dornier GmbH plant in Pfronten had to be closed in 2010 and since then there has only been production in Lindau (778 employees) and Esseratsweiler (160 employees). LiDO was a subsidiary of the Dornier Group until 1985. When Daimler-Benz took over the majority of the Dornier works, LiDO remained as an independent company owned by Peter Dornier. Today it is managed by Peter D. Dornier, the son of Peter Dornier.
- Dornier closes plant in Pfronten (May 16, 2009)
- Carbon is to become Dornier's third mainstay (February 3, 2015)