Dorner Celebrates its 55th Anniversary as an Industry Leader of Conveyor Systems
After 55 years, Dorner is only getting stronger!
Dorner this month is celebrating its 55th anniversary in business. From its humble beginnings as a little tool and die shop, Dorner has evolved through the years to become one of the most recognized global brands in low profile conveyor systems for industries including automation, food, manufacturing, packaging and many others.
In 2016, Dorner reached its golden anniversary and celebrated the milestone with events at its Hartland, Wisconsin headquarters. Five years later, the company continues making history with achievements in product development and global expansion. Here are some notable highlights:
- Dorner introduces the Next Generation 2200 Series low profile belt conveyor, a platform that’s stronger, faster and more flexible for handling small to medium size part applications.
- Dorner Holding Company, the parent company of Dorner, FlexMove, and Geppert-Band, announces a new partnership with the EQT Mid Market US fund, a leading investment firm headquartered in Sweden.
- Dorner acquires a business in Mexico and begins manufacturing process automation equipment.
- Dorner Europe begins building its top-selling Next Generation 2200 Series low-profile belt conveyors from its manufacturing facility in Jülich, Germany, a significant step in being able to deliver conveyor systems quickly and more efficiently to customers throughout Europe and the Middle East. Dorner also completes a major expansion of its Germany facility with 2,120 square meters of production space.
- The company’s three brands: Dorner Mfg. Corp., FlexMove and Geppert-Band GmbH merge into one consolidated brand: Dorner. The new Dorner boasts a global workforce of more than 400, and brings a diverse conveyor automation product line and extensive application knowledge to industries around the world.
- Dorner’s new facility in Guadalajara, Mexico, (Dorner Latin America), begins building its Next Generation 2200 Series Modular Belt Conveyor and flexible chain conveyor systems for customers throughout Latin America.
- Dorner opens a new sales and engineering office in Paris to better serve its French customers.
- Dorner consolidates two existing product lines and unifies them into a single platform, which is now called FlexMove. While the FlexMove name isn’t new to Dorner, it now incorporates the features and strengths of the former SmartFlex conveyor line.
- Dorner Latin America continues to grow its capacity by adding the 2200 Series Precision Move Pallet System Conveyor as its fourth major platform to be assembled at its facility in Guadalajara, Mexico.
- Dorner Europe expands its presence throughout the region by adding the 2200 Series LPZ (Low Profile Z-Frame) and 2200 Series Module Belt conveyors to its lineup of conveyor platforms being manufactured from its Jülich, Germany, location.
- Dorner launches the Edge Roller Technology (ERT™ 250) Pallet Conveyor, its newest platform capable of zoning for accumulation and automation assembly applications.