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 corporate divisions, weaving machines and specialty machines, 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 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.