The Rupp Report: More Good News
By Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor
Last week, we asked for more good news from the industry.
Successful Year For Dornier
The year 2007 was again successful for Lindauer Dornier GmbH, the well-known Germany-based air-jet and rapier weaving and finishing machines as well as special machinery manufacturer. In 2007, Lindauer Dornier increased its turnover to 221 million euros (US$322 million), compared to 212 million euros (US$309 million) in 2006. Dipl. Ing. (FH) Peter Dornier, shareholder of Dornier Holding and CEO of Lindauer Dornier GmbH, expects a positive company result at about the same level as for the previous year.
ITMA 07 And K07 Perfect Platforms
Dornier reports that “the leading international trade fairs ‘ITMA’ in Munich (textile machinery) and ‘K07’ in Düsseldorf (plastics machines) served as perfect platforms to demonstrate the high engineering level of Dornier machines and production plants to customers and other interested persons.”
The production capacity of the Special Machinery Division is already covered by firm orders extending into the year 2009, whereas the Weaving Machine Division expects the year 2008 to end with a similar output as in 2007. Considerable investments, financed by the company’s own resources, are planned for 2008 and involve new buildings and new machinery at the three German production facilities in Lindau, Esseratsweiler and Pfronten. Today, 1,240 people are working in those facilities.
New Business Unit Organization
In order to effectively meet the challenges and changes imposed by the increasingly global market, the areas of responsibility within the management have been reorganized:
CEO, Dipl. Ing. (FH) Peter D. Dornier is also a shareholder of Lindauer Dornier GmbH. The responsible people for the new business unit organization are: Dipl. Ing. (FH) Michael Ebeling for the Weaving Machinery Division, Dr. Ing. Andreas Rutz for the Special Machinery Division, and Dipl. Oec. Hans-Jürgen Schmidt for the commercial sector as well as the subsidiaries in the United States, China, India and Turkey.
New Subsidiary In Turkey
The new subsidiary Dornier Makina Ltd. Sti., established in Istanbul, started operation on Jan. 1, 2008, and serves the important Turkish weaving machinery market with sales, spare parts and customer service.
With this package of measures, and thanks to its solid capital base and 100-percent family-owned shareholder structure, Lindauer Dornier said that it is well-prepared for the upcoming tasks in the future.
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February 12, 2008