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DORNIER LabTech Systems

DORNIER LabTech Systems GmbH is a 100% subsidiary of Lindauer DORNIER GmbH. Specializing in the production of laboratory technology products "Made in Germany" the company manufactures exclusively in Germany. Under the motto "High performance pipetting", the team from Lake Constance developed a pipetting system in the "compact format" for the future.

Lindauer DORNIER GmbH

The worldwide renowned aircraft company Dornier started to produce textile machines after the war had ended, initially shuttle weaving machines - the result of the search for a new field of activity.
The reason for the new orientation: The Allied Forces had completely forbidden the company to build aircraft in Germany.
In 1950 Lindauer DORNIER GmbH was founded at the site of today´s headquarters in Lindau-Rickenbach by Peter Dornier, the son of well known aviation pioneer Claude Dornier.

Wide product range
Apart from shuttle weaving machines, the Lindauer DORNIER soon started producing specialty machines such as drying plants for paperboard, paper and gypsum fireboard industry. In the mid 1960s, DORNIER extended its product range with film stretching machines for the packing and film industry as well as textile finishing machines for circular knitted goods.
The 1967 developed DORNIER rapier weaving machine complemented by the air-jet weaving machine introduced in 1989 were the most important milestones for the advancement to being
today´s only German weaving machine manufacturer with an excellent international reputation.

Market leader with two mainstays
In both business segments – weaving machines and specialty machines – DORNIER has established itself as one of the market leaders worldwide.
Among the final products of the weaving machine are the most demanding fabrics such as airbags, carbon fabrics for composite structures or aramide fabrics for fireproof and bulletproof applications. The DORNIER system family is also the optimum tool to produce finest pure silk fabrics, elaborated Jacquard patterns or delicate worsted fabrics.
Furthermore the Southern German company is market leader in the field of specialty machines for engineering and producing plants for superfine plastic films. Besides the packaging industry these films extend their application more and more into high-tech products such as semiconductors, capacitors for hybrid cars or film displays in mobile phones and flat screens.
Nowadays Lindauer DORNIER exports 90 % of its products worldwide and has around 950 staff members.

DORNIER LabTech Systems

PROF. DR. CLAUDE DORNIER 
(1884 - 1969)

As a qualified engineer Claude Dornier took up a position in 1910 with Graf Zeppelin. Claude Dornier was the first to develop all-metall aircraft and seeplanes. The legendary Dornier-Wal that made its maden flight in 1922 was the most successful seaplane in the Twenties and Thirties. Claude Dornier's spectacular expedition in 1929 was a real sensation: He flew with the 12-motor Do X, the world's largest passenger aircraft at the time, to Africa, North and South America. In 1932, Claude Dornier was able to purchase the Dornier-Metallbauten GmbH from the Zeppelin Group - the real birth of the Dornier company.  

PETER DORNIER
(1917 - 2002)

The second oldest sun of Professor Claude Dornier was also a graduate in mechanical engineering. He joined his father's company in 1944 as aircraft constructor and was then decisively involved in the developement of the German aircraft industry. Amongst others, he invented and developed the Do 335 propeller plane as well as the Do 31 vertical takeoff jet transport aircraft. He received the "Lilienthal-Gesellschaft für Luftfahrt" (Lilienthal Aviation Association) prize for the Do 335. As from 1950, Peter Dornier concentrated on creating the Lindauer DORNIER GmbH. He took over all  the shares of Lindauer DORNIER GmbH held by the mother company in a swap deal as Daimler Benz AG became the majority shareholder of the Dornier group in 1985. 

PETER D. DORNIER
(BORN 1961)

Peter D. Dornier, son of Peter Dornier and graduate in mechanical engineering, took over responsibility for  the company in the third generation. Peter D. Dornier joined his father's company in 1989, became Spokesman for the Board in 1999 and was responsible for sales and marketing for weaving machines for many years. He has been chairman of the Lindauer DORNIER GmbH Board of Management since 2001.

Peter Dornier

"... from flying people
to flying thread"

Weaving Machines

The demands placed on weaving machines by the textile industry are manifold: Flexible and gentle material usage, extreme pattern diversity, an absolutely reliable functional security and fabrics without faults. Apart from that, the industry expects that standstill times are as low and productivity is as high as possible. The unique DORNIER system family comprising rapier and air-jet weaving machines results from this catalog of market requirements.

Speciality Machinery

DORNIER has been active in the design and construction of specialty machinery since it was founded in 1950. Alongside weaving machine construction, experiments were made with further products such as tenter frames and cardboard dryers during this early phase. Based on the tenter frames, in the beginning development led to  film stretching plants, initially for film production for the movie and photographic film industry, and then later until today for various types of packaging films. Mechanical tenter clips which can bear cross loads up to 3,500 N stretch films in longitudinal and transverse direction to a minimum thickness of 0,8 µm. With temperatures up to 280°C a production rates up to 30 km/hour can be attained.

Laboratory Technology

The PIRO® pipetting robot is the latest innovation from the long-standing company DORNIER. On the market, since 2011 the robot combines with its compact design functions normally only to be found in large high throughput robots.