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DORMA is an international, privately owned family company which was established in 1908 in Ennepetal, Germany, and is a globally active supplier of door hardware, automatic doors, glass fittings and movable walls.
On July 1, 1908, Rudolf Mankel and his brother-in-law Wilhelm Dörken founded the company Dörken & Mankel KG in a small forge shop in the little town of Ennepetal in Germany. The two young entrepreneurs had picked up on an idea from the USA where double doors swung open in both directions – like those seen in classic western saloons. They saw their chance and decided to introduce double-action door hinges to Germany. Having begun production with just a handful of employees, they were quickly flooded with orders from all directions and widened their product range to include door hinges, door springs, door closers and sliding door gear.
DORMA is now a dominant multinational company employing around 6,500 staff in 71 wholly owned companies in 47 different countries.
DORMA's Melbourne office first opened in 1982 and has rapidly expanded with additional offices in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. DORMA Australia and New Zealand employs more than 380 staff in four divisions, namely: door control products; automatic door solutions; movable walls; glass fixtures and fittings; and provides New Zealand wide service on its products.
Millions of people worldwide rely on DORMA products every day in every type of public environment. As market leader, DORMA constantly seeks to push the boundaries in product innovation. As a result, the company's significant investment in research and development is reflected in a stream of new products.
A trusted partner to architects, designers, distributors, fabricators and builders throughout Australia and New Zealand, DORMA has built its reputation on engineering its products to a standard – not to a price – to ensure rock-solid reliability. That manufacturing excellence is backed by a relentless commitment to product service and support. Put simply, we're proud to stand 100 per cent behind what we sell.
Fully focused on the DORMA philosophy of "total around the door control" the continued development, support and servicing of our product range remains our goal. The main factors, which have contributed to this unprecedented growth, are: