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GLOBAL ONE – Integration. Innovation. Quality.

History

DMG MORI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT A history from 1870 to today
  • 2017
    Hausausstellung Bielefeld

    Open House, Bielefeld

    DMG MORI shows important highlights in the fields of automation, digitization, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING and technology excellence at the Open House in Bielefeld.

    115. ordentliche Hauptversammlung

    115th Annual General Meeting

    At the 115th Annual General Meeting, the company’s realignment receives considerable support. The final vote on the agenda resulted in a high approval rate.

    Automatisierungskompetenz

    Automation Competency

    Automation is one of the key development focusses at production sites. The goal is that every DMG MORI machine will be equipped with an automation system in the future. 

    Kooperation mit REALIZER

    Cooperation with REALIZER

    DMG MORI is strengthening its future technologies in ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING and with the integration of REALIZER products, it is pooling the most important generative manufacturing procedures for metallic materials under one roof. 

    Das Jahr der Innovationen

    The Year of Innovations

    As a “Global One Company”, DMG MORI is concentrating on its core business with machine tools and services. In total 157 international distribution and service sites and 14 worldwide production sites ensure a strong global presence, high innovative power and technological competence.

    DMG MORI is realigning its sales and service structure worldwide. Since January, DMG MORI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT manages the home market of Germany, the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and the Chinese and Indian markets. DMG MORI COMPANY LIMITED is responsible for its home market of Japan, the USA as well as the remaining regions in Asia and Americas.

  • 2016
    Kooperation mit Haimer

    Cooperation with Haimer

    DMG MORI and Haimer GmbH intensify their collaboration and sign a cooperation agreement. As a new premium partner, Haimer takes over the Microset operations.

    Digitalisierungskompetenz

    Digitizing Competence

    DMG MORI strengthens its digitization expertise with the establishment of the start-up ISTOS. Customers can be better supported in their digital transformation thanks to fully connected production processes. 

    Mission Titelverteidigung

    Mission: Title defense

    DMG MORI and Porsche successfully finish the 2016 season of FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC): victory in Le Mans, winning the manufacturers’ world championship and successfully defending the drivers’ title.

    DMG MORI & Industrie 4.0

    DMG MORI & Industry 4.0

    DMG MORI is shaping the future for Industry 4.0 with innovative software solutions: With the app-based control and operating software CELOS and 26 apps for networked intelligent production DMG MORI machine tools are prepared for the digital transformation. 

    Russischer Hersteller

    Russian Manufacturer

    As the first international machine tool manufacturer, DMG MORI officially holds the status of “Russian manufacturer”. This allows easier access to the Russian market. The customer benefits e.g. from a fixed Ruble price and shorter delivery periods.

    Together successful

    Together successful

    The domination and profit transfer agreement becomes effective on 24 th August 2016 with its entry in the commercial register. This milestone provides a legal framework and basis for an even closer working relationship.

    General Meeting in Bielefeld

    General Meeting in Bielefeld

    The 114th Annual General Meeting approves the domination and profit transfer agreement. The further merger with our Japanese partner to form a „Global One Company" enables DMG MORI to consolidate its competitive position.

    Grand Opening at SAUER

    Grand Opening at SAUER

    With a Grand Opening, the SAUER GmbH inaugurates the modernized production and logistic capacities of the ULTRASONIC-technology location in Idar-Oberstein.

    Ausbau Headquarter Bielefeld

    Expansion of Headquarters, Bielefeld

    The technology and solution center is expanded to 3,400 m² and presents integrated technology solutions as well as the newest development trends in digitization. 

    Grand Opening Moskau

    Grand Opening Moscow

    DMG MORI increases its presence in Russia and opens in Moscow the new technology and solution center with 20 high-tech machines. 

    Chairman of the Executive Board Christian Thönes

    Chairman of the Executive Board Christian Thönes

    DMG MORI COMPANY LIMITED has increased its direct and indirect shareholding to 76.03% and intends to conclude a domination and profit transfer agreement. After 20 successful years as chairman of the Executive Board, Dr. Rüdiger Kapitza leaves the company by mutual agreement with the Supervisory Board of DMG MORI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT. In mid-April Christian Thönes is appointed as chairman of the Executive Board.

    Industry highlight at the beginning of the year

    Industry highlight at the beginning of the year

    DMG MORI starts into the new year with the traditional in-house exhibition in Pfronten. More than 9.000 international trade visitors contribute to the record visitor number.

  • 2015
    September 2015: Grand Opening in Ulyanovsk

    September 2015: Grand Opening in Ulyanovsk

    DMG MORI has opened one of the world’s most advanced state-of-the-art production and assembly plants at a grand opening. ‘Made in Russia for Russia’ - DMG MORI’s goal for producing turning and milling machines from its ECOLINE series with cutting-edge technology.

    Nico Hülkenberg (on the right) with his co-drivers

    Nico Hülkenberg (on the right) with his co-drivers

    The Porsche 919 hybrid takes first place at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours in France after a 17-year hiatus, thanks to high-precision components from DMG MORI and innovative hybrid technology. Porsche claims both the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ World Championship titles in the WEC series 2015.

    New company name

    New company name

    On 8 June 2015, DMG MORI SEIKI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT will become DMG MORI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT. DMG MORI SEIKI COMPANY LIMITED changes its name to DMG MORI COMPANY LIMITED as a further confirmation of the merger.

    New company name

    New company name

    On 21st January 2015, the DMG MORI SEIKI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT enters into a Cooperation Agreement 2015 with DMG MORI SEIKI CO., LTD. The agreement contains goals for further strategic development and sets the framework for DMG MORI CO. LTD.'s tender offer. After successful completion of the transaction on 30 April 2015, DMG MORI CO. LTD. holds 52.54 % of the shares.

  • 2014
    The Porsche 919 hybrid

    The Porsche 919 hybrid

    DMG MORI is to become a select technology partner for Porsche in the motor sport industry.

    2014 December: Grand Opening Global Headquarters Winterthur

    2014 December: Grand Opening Global Headquarters Winterthur

    The global DMG MORI sales and service network will soon be coordinated from the Headquarters in Winterthur and Tokyo. With the grand opening in Winterthur, DMG MORI will open a new, innovative technology centre in Switzerland.

    2014 July: Grand Opening Global Headquarters Tokyo

    2014 July: Grand Opening Global Headquarters Tokyo

    DMG MORI is opening its new Global Headquarters in Tokyo. The grand opening will be another milestone on the companies‘ path to expanding their global presence and sustainably improving their proximity to customers.

    2014 July: Grand Opening in Pfronten

    2014 July: Grand Opening in Pfronten

    A new era in the production of large machines: DECKEL MAHO Pfronten is expanding its capacities with a cutting-edge 1,000 m² assembly hall for XXL machines.

    2014 June: Grand Opening in Bergamo

    2014 June: Grand Opening in Bergamo

    With the grand opening in Bergamo DMG MORI is raising the bar in the production of turning machines. GILDEMEISTER Italiana is making its facilities state of the art.

  • 2013
    One Partnership, One Name

    One Partnership, One Name

    On October 1st , 2013 GILDEMEISTER Aktiengesellschaft becomes DMG MORI SEIKI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT. Mori Seiki will change its name to DMG MORI SEIKI COMPANY LIMITED.

    One Brand for the World

    One Brand for the World

    On the global market, both companies will work under the brand DMG MORI.

    EMO in Hannover

    EMO in Hannover

    DMG MORI SEIKI presents the first time the unique software development CELOS and the new unified global corporate design of the machine as well as 18 world premieres.

    Joint-Commitee of DMG MORI

    Joint-Commitee of DMG MORI

    GILDEMEISTER and Mori Seiki sign a cooperation agreement and combine their company names in a move to strengthen their successful global cooperation. The shareholders of each company approved the proposal by a large majority.

  • 2012
    Energy-efficient solutions from GILDEMEISTER energy solutions.

    Energy-efficient solutions from GILDEMEISTER energy solutions.

    CO² neutral
    At the Bielefeld location, work was begun on building the Energy Solutions Park in 2012: with the help of solar and wind energy, the company will in future produce 15% of its energy consumption via the Energy Solutions Park - 100% CO² neutral. The opening takes place on 26 of September. 

    DMG / MORI SEIKI Technology Center in Singapore.

    DMG / MORI SEIKI Technology Center in Singapore.

    GO Singapur
    The grand opening of the new technology centre in Singapore is celebrated. GILDEMEISTER inaugurates its Southeast Asian headquarters together with its Japanese partner Mori Seiki.

  • 2011
    DMG Process Chain

    DMG Process Chain

    DMG Process chain
    The process chain of DMG Virtual Machine integrates geometry, kinematics and the dynamics of actual DMG machines (1:1).

    DMG / MORI SEIKI at the EMO 2011

    DMG / MORI SEIKI at the EMO 2011

    Cooperation strengthens innovation
    GILDEMEISTER and Mori Seiki appeared at the EMO in Hanover together for the first time. Over 7,600 m², the two companies presented 97 exhibits, of which 25 were world premieres. 

  • 2010
    GILDEMEISTER AG head office in Bielefeld

    GILDEMEISTER AG head office in Bielefeld

    GILDEMEISTER celebrates 140 years
    GILDEMEISTER celebrated its 140th anniversary on 1 October 2010. 

    The large battery "CellCube"

    The large battery "CellCube"

    Energy Solutions
    Entry into the forward-looking market of energy storage technology with the large battery "CellCube". 

  • 2009
    DMG MORI SEIKI

    DMG MORI SEIKI

    In March 2009, GILDEMEISTER signed a cooperation agreement with Japanese machine tool manufacturer Mori Seiki Co. LTD. (Nagoya). The partnership includes production, research and development, acquisition, sales and service as well as global provision of customer financing. GILDEMEISTER and Mori Seiki appeared with a common logo in seven partnership markets : Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Japan, Korea, and Australia. Dr Masahiko Mori became a new member of the Supervisory Board of GILDEMEISTER Aktiengesellschaft. Dr Rüdiger Kapitza became "Senior Executive Operating Director" on the board of Mori Seiki.

  • 2008
    Award-winning machine design

    Award-winning machine design

    In 2007, GILDEMEISTER presented a trend-setting new machine design; thanks to the high transparency of the working space and the processed materials as well as the form and colour scheme, it has had a unique place in the industry.

    DMG ECOLINE-Baureihe

    DMG ECOLINE-Baureihe

    In 2008, GILDEMEISTER introduced the DMG ECOLINE series. Efficiency, innovative technology and an unbeatable price are factors which characterise the series.

  • 2007
    Solar Park at Büren

    Solar Park at Büren

    GILDEMEISTER has successfully established itself in the future-orientated field of solar technology. In July 2007, GILDEMEISTER subsidiary a&f Stahl- und Maschinenbau GmbH presented its SunCarrier at the Intersolar trade fair in Freiburg for the first time. a+f received two large commissions of over 150 SunCarriers each. 2007 was the most successful year in the company's history to date. On 12 December, GILDEMEISTER began to be listed on the MDAX.

  • 2006
    Placed in the overall ranking for the second time: best annual report 2006

    Placed in the overall ranking for the second time: best annual report 2006

    For the eighth time in a row, GILDEMEISTER earned top marks on its annual report in the yearly ranking of "manager magazin". With its 2006 motto " Grasping the future. Setting trends ", GILDEMEISTER won the panel over with its meaningful content, high level of language use and attractive design.

    The new Executive Board (l. to. r.) Dr Thorsten Schmidt, Michael Welt, Günter Bachmann, Dr Rüdiger Kapitza

    The new Executive Board (l. to. r.) Dr Thorsten Schmidt, Michael Welt, Günter Bachmann, Dr Rüdiger Kapitza

    In order to stay on top of increased globalisation and its extensive product and market orientation, Dr Thorsten Schmidt from the supervisory board was appointed to the Executive Board as a regular member. His tasks include sales and service. Dipl.-Ing. Günter Bachmann was also named to the Executive Board as a regular member. He began his tenure on 1 October 2006 and has been responsible for production and technology.

  • 2005
    Grand opening of DMG Europe Holding GmbH Klaus, Vorarlberg

    Grand opening of DMG Europe Holding GmbH Klaus, Vorarlberg

    GILDEMEISTER inaugurated DMG Europe Holding GmbH in the heart of Europe, with head office in Klaus, Vorarlberg/Austria, on 19 October 2005. The sales and service activities of all European DMG companies are directed from here.

    DMG at the EMO 2005

    DMG at the EMO 2005

    At the EMO 2005 in Hanover, the world's most important trade fair for machine tools, GILDEMEISTER presented 65 high-tech machines, 9 of which were world premieres, and achieved the highest amount of trade fair orders to date.

  • 2004

    In 2004, GILDEMEISTER was awarded the BME innovation prize (The German national association for material management, buying and logistics). The prize was awarded for its modern acquisition concept, which sustainably increased the efficiency of buying and logistics.

    DMG at the METAV 2004

    DMG at the METAV 2004

    At the METAV in Düsseldorf, leadership in innovation was again demonstrated. As one of the largest exhibitors, GILDEMEISTER presented 22 technology machines - six of which are world premieres.

  • 2003
    The production facility in Shanghai: China creates an optimal location for delivering to the Asian market

    The production facility in Shanghai: China creates an optimal location for delivering to the Asian market

    Der Produktionsstandort in Shanghai: China schafft eine optimale Ausgangslage für den asiatischen Markt.

    Der Produktionsstandort in Shanghai: China schafft eine optimale Ausgangslage für den asiatischen Markt.

    On 15 January 2003, GILDEMEISTER had a grand opening of its first production location outside of Europe. In Shanghai, innovative lathes and milling machines are to be built for the Chinese market. In order to secure new markets and as a further milestone in its globalisation strategy, GILDEMEISTER acquired a production plant in the southwest of Shanghai. The new location has a total area of 15,000 m² and includes 10,000 m² of commercial space.

  • 2002
    In-house exhibition DECKEL MAHO Pfronten

    In-house exhibition DECKEL MAHO Pfronten

    The first of 22 new developments in 2002: the vertical machining centre DMC 64 linear

    The first of 22 new developments in 2002: the vertical machining centre DMC 64 linear

    The traditional highlight at the beginning of the year: the DECKEL MAHO in-house exhibition in Pfronten began in February and ended with its usual positive balance. Every year, visitors learn about the newest developments at GILDEMEISTER. The numerous trade visitors have direct access to the machines in the DMG Showrooms.

  • 2001
    The DMS 35 ultrasonic can take on complex machining of glass and ceramics

    The DMS 35 ultrasonic can take on complex machining of glass and ceramics

    In 2001, a majority stake was acquired in SAUER GmbH & Co. In this way, GILDEMEISTER successfully broke into the field of ultrasound technology, which not only performs tasks better, but also faster and less expensively than conventional methods. Ultrasound technology enables the machining of "advanced materials" like ceramics, glass, silicon and hard metals.

  • 2000
    Buy back of the former subsidiary GILDEMEISTER Italiana

    Buy back of the former subsidiary GILDEMEISTER Italiana

    GILDEMEISTER Italiana is back - since mid-May 2000, GILDEMEISTER Italiana (GITAL, Graziano and SACO) again became part of the GILDEMEISTER group. The knowledge, the resources and the technology of the companies complement each other ideally. The lathe business area was significantly strengthened as a result of the takeover.

    The NEF 520 and the CTX 400 series 2 in a new look

    The NEF 520 and the CTX 400 series 2 in a new look

    GILDEMEISTER machines got a brand new design just in time for the autumn trade fairs. The noble appearance in white and chrome reflects the great care taken in production and lives up to the modern customer's demands.

  • 1999
    FAMOT Pleszew S.A. in Poland and the new production facility of DECKEL MAHO Geretsried

    FAMOT Pleszew S.A. in Poland and the new production facility of DECKEL MAHO Geretsried

    This year was characterised by a continuation of strong growth. Market entry of a new field, laser technology, took place with the takeover of LCTec GmbH in Pfronten. By mid-year, GILDEMEISTER acquired a majority stake in Poland's largest manufacturer of cutting machine tools, FAMOT Pleszew S.A. On 17 September, 1999, DECKEL MAHO Geretsried marked a new era with its new technology centre for vertical and horizontal machining centres.

    DECKEL MAHO Geretsried

    DECKEL MAHO Geretsried

    Starting December 1, 1999, GILDEMEISTER shares were listed on SDAX.

  • 1998
    Premier Wolfgang Clement with Dr Rüdiger Kapitza

    Premier Wolfgang Clement with Dr Rüdiger Kapitza

    A total of 122 apprentices were employed at GILDEMEISTER in 1998. The apprenticeship of young technicians is a high priority for GILDEMEISTER. North Rhine-Westphalia premier Wolfgang Clement was also convinced when he toured the training facilities.
    In 1998, GILDEMEISTER reached the mark of one billion Deutschmarks in sales for the first time in its corporate history and increased all of its key figures significantly. As the leading lathe and milling machine manufacturer in Europe, GILDEMEISTER has had a solid base on which to build up its international market presence in a targeted way.

  • 1997
    At the AMB in Stuttgart, DMG specialists introduce the Netservice live

    At the AMB in Stuttgart, DMG specialists introduce the Netservice live

    The new DMG Netservice was introduced in 1997. Machines can be monitored and optimised within minutes with this, the machine tool industry's first interactive service network worldwide.

    GILDEMEISTER in the World Wide Web

    GILDEMEISTER in the World Wide Web

    Since June 1997, GILDEMEISTER has had a modern and futuristic internet presence. At www.gildemeister-ag.com, information is available regarding technical services, machines and trade fair dates.

  • 1996
    Since 1996, Chairman of the Executive Board of GILDEMEISTER Aktiengesellschaft: Dr Rüdiger Kapitza

    Since 1996, Chairman of the Executive Board of GILDEMEISTER Aktiengesellschaft: Dr Rüdiger Kapitza

    In 1996, Dr Rüdiger Kapitza became Chairman of the Executive Board of the group. He was one of the founders of today's DMG Vertriebs und Service GmbH and has been a member of the executive committee since 1992, being responsible for sales, marketing and strategic planning.
    As a re-structuring measure, GILDEMEISTER sold the majority stake of its Italian lathe manufacturer in June 1996.

  • 1994
    Vertical milling machine (DMU 50 V), 2 axle CNC lathe (CT 200), multi-spindle lathing centre (GM 67 CNC), vertical machine centre (DMC 63 V) (1996)

    Vertical milling machine (DMU 50 V), 2 axle CNC lathe (CT 200), multi-spindle lathing centre (GM 67 CNC), vertical machine centre (DMC 63 V) (1996)

    1994 übernimmt GILDEMEISTER aus dem Konkurs der DECKEL MAHO AG die betriebsnotwendigen Assets und ein in der Branche hoch respektiertes Know-how für Universalfräs- und Bohrmaschinen sowie Bearbeitungszentren. Zum 1. August nimmt die neue DECKEL MAHO GmbH als hundertprozentige Tochtergesellschaft des Konzerns ihren Geschäftsbetrieb mit drei Produktionsstandorten in Pfronten, Geretsried und Seebach auf.

    Die Zahl der Mitarbeiter steigt auf 2.700. Das Jahr der Konsolidierung folgt; GILDEMEISTER schafft den Turn-around.

  • 1990
    Everything under one roof: The flagship in Bielefeld, the Italiana S.p.A. and DMG Vertriebs GmbH now also included DECKEL MAHO with production facilities in Geretsried, Seebach and Pfronten (from top)

    Everything under one roof: The flagship in Bielefeld, the Italiana S.p.A. and DMG Vertriebs GmbH now also included DECKEL MAHO with production facilities in Geretsried, Seebach and Pfronten (from top)

    The nineties were characterised by fundamental global political changes - reunification, the Gulf War and the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc.
    The entire industry experienced an unforeseen economic slide. The domestic recession affected all important customers and was characterised by general insecurity regarding future development. There were hardly any manufacturers in Europe or the Far East who were not affected by the fall off in demand. GILDEMEISTER was not immune to this and slipped into economic crisis.

  • 1987
    The Eltro Pilot (Patch panel controlling)

    The Eltro Pilot (Patch panel controlling)

    In the eighties, GILDEMEISTER expanded further and international activities were stepped up as a result. International sales strategies were necessary, not least due to growing competition from the Japanese. Growing demand for training and intelligent services led to the founding of the GILDEMEISTER Training Academy in Hanover in 1987.

  • 1973
    International: loading a GILDEMEISTER machine for a trade fair in China (1975)

    International: loading a GILDEMEISTER machine for a trade fair in China (1975)

    On 30 August 1973, the General Meeting resolved to rename the company, known until then as Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik Gildemeister & Comp., GILDEMEISTER Aktiengesellschaft.

    In 1975, the computer age began at the company. At the international machine tool trade fair EMO in Paris, the company presented the first electronic controls as well as the most successful development to date: the manual-numerically controlled lathe N.E.F.

    1975 hält das Computer-Zeitalter Einzug. Auf der internationalen Werkzeugmaschinenmesse EMO in Paris präsentiert das Unternehmen die erste elektronische Steuerung sowie die bis dahin erfolgreichste Entwicklung: die manuell-numerisch gesteuerte Drehmaschine N.E.F.

  • 1969
    The GILDEMEISTER Journal in a design from the seventies

    The GILDEMEISTER Journal in a design from the seventies

    In 1969, the company took over Italian lathe manufacturer GILDEMEISTER Italiana . The smaller multi-spindle machines were then manufactured in Brembate di Sopra.

    In the same year, WestLB investment bank acquired shares of the company. GILDEMEISTER became a public company with a broad spectrum of shareholders.

    In 1970, GILDEMEISTER acquired a controlling stake in the Hamburg machine tool manufacturer Heidenreich & Harbeck and thus the necessary know how for CNC-controlled lathes.

    In 1972, the Max Müller Brinker machine plant in Hanover was acquired.

  • 1964
    The plant property near the Bielefeld central station from 1870 to 1977

    The plant property near the Bielefeld central station from 1870 to 1977

    Production start of GILDEMEISTER GmbH, Gildemeister-DeVlieg and Berg & Co. in Sennestadt (1965)

    Production start of GILDEMEISTER GmbH, Gildemeister-DeVlieg and Berg & Co. in Sennestadt (1965)

    A steady expansion and improvement of the broad spectrum of production meant the beginning of planning for a generous modern new plant facility. In 1964, GILDEMEISTER began building new production facilities for its main plant and for its various affiliated companies in Sennestadt. The 300,000 m² industrial space just outside the city offered ideal conditions for the company's further development.

  • 1950
    The new RV 50 turret lathe is introduced at the Hanover industrial trade fair (1950)

    The new RV 50 turret lathe is introduced at the Hanover industrial trade fair (1950)

    The economic miracle of these years meant booming business for GILDEMEISTER as well. New trends in machines were started in Bielefeld and then resonated throughout the entire world. GILDEMEISTER became the market leader in Europe. Machine customers included above all the electronics industry, the automotive and bicycle industries as well as the machine manufacturing industry and the fixtures industry. In 1950, the new turret lathe RV 50 was introduced at the Hanover industrial trade fair; in 1955, the first new 8 spindle automatic chucking machine left the plant.

  • 1947
    Karl Bernhard Grauthoff

    Karl Bernhard Grauthoff

    Under the direction of Karl Bernhard Grauthoff, reconstruction work on the plant began. At this point in time, GILDEMEISTER had 25 employees and owned 4000 marks in liquid assets after the currency reform and began production of new machine tools for the national and international market.

  • 1944
    The destroyed production halls in 1944

    The destroyed production halls in 1944

    GILDEMEISTER Logo

    GILDEMEISTER Logo

    On 30 September 1944 all production facilities were fully destroyed in a bombing raid. Only the administrative building and the model joinery were intact, except for minor damage.

    After the end of war, the company was temporarily placed on the removal list.

  • 1939
    Workers at the turning facility in 1939

    Workers at the turning facility in 1939

    In the thirties, GILDEMEISTER was able to stay above water thanks to large manufacturing orders from Russia. This was the reason GILDEMEISTER survived the global economic crisis without any financial setbacks.
    At the beginning of the Second World War, GILDEMEISTER had 600 employees.

  • 1928
    Facing turret lathe prototype according to original Gildemeister patent model NC (1933)

    Facing turret lathe prototype according to original Gildemeister patent model NC (1933)

    Mehrspindel-Drehautomat (Modell POX) von 1928

    Mehrspindel-Drehautomat (Modell POX) von 1928

    1928 was a decisive year for GILDEMEISTER:

    Wilhelm Berg was granted Patent No. 544 604 for the development of a machine with free swarf fall and for the manufacture of automatic machines in portal format. For the company, this was the beginning of a sustained increase in business combined with a remarkable jump in innovation. 

  • 1918
    Machine tools made by GILDEMEISTER Aktiengesellschaft and Berg & Co. GmbH (1920)

    Machine tools made by GILDEMEISTER Aktiengesellschaft and Berg & Co. GmbH (1920)

    After the end of World War I, the victorious powers initially forbid production at GILDEMEISTER, but this was soon lifted.

    Berg & Co. GmbH, founded in 1918, became a supplier of chucks and engines. GILDEMEISTER produced plane type milling machines for trains, motor-driven turret lathes and later automatic lathes.

  • 1915
    GILDEMEISTER exhibition stand at the machine tool trade fair in Malmö, Sweden (1914)

    GILDEMEISTER exhibition stand at the machine tool trade fair in Malmö, Sweden (1914)

    New work methods and materials required re-structuring and changed organisational forms.

    In 1915, systematic rationalisation took place. From the large number of existing constructions of custom machines, only four types of machines were subsequently produced:
    drum turret turning machines, multi-spindle lathes, plane type milling machines as well as vertical and horizontal milling machines.

  • 1910
    Production plants in 1910

    Production plants in 1910

    Under Wilhelm Berg, GILDEMEISTER developed into one of the most important machine tool manufacturers worldwide. The young engineer expanded his knowledge in the USA and became familiar in serial production methods. This type of production was also introduced at the Bielefeld plants.

  • 1906
    Wilhelm Berg (1873-1955) Official farewell letter 1906

    Wilhelm Berg (1873-1955) Official farewell letter 1906

    After over 30 years, Friedrich Gildemeister stepped down from the leadership of his company and retired.

    On 1 April 1906, engineer Wilhelm Berg took over management of the company.

  • 1899
    Advertisement for GILDEMEISTER Aktiengesellschaft shares

    Advertisement for GILDEMEISTER Aktiengesellschaft shares

    The machine manufacturing industry flourished. On 1 October 1899, the corporate form was changed to a public limited company via Bankhaus Hermann Paderstein.

    GILDEMEISTER Aktiengesellschaft had capital assets of 1 million Goldmarks. 

  • 1895
    Double-spindled drill and lathe (1895), milling machine (1902), and turret lathe (1902)

    Double-spindled drill and lathe (1895), milling machine (1902), and turret lathe (1902)

    Until the turn of the century, work was done manually at GILDEMEISTER.

    Friedrich Gildemeister drafted the machines commissioned from him on the floor of the plant with chalk. All tools were still forged and hardened by the employees themselves.

  • 1890
    Corporate premises near the former Cologne-Minden train station in Bielefeld in 1890

    Corporate premises near the former Cologne-Minden train station in Bielefeld in 1890

    In the following decades, the plant near the Cologne-Minden train station was expanded to include several larger and smaller production facilities.

    In 1890, the company had around 100 employees, among them a wages clerk and three technicians to assemble the machines.

  • 1880

    Friedrich Gildemeister recognized the trends in industrialisation in the newly-founded Germany and saw the demand for new, high-quality machines.

  • 1870
    Articles of Association of 1870

    Articles of Association of 1870

    On 1 October 1870, locksmith Friedrich Gildemeister founded the "Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik (Machine Tool Plant) Gildemeister & Comp".

    W. Johannsmann and W. Schumacher were listed as partners in the Articles of Association. 

Contact

DMG MORI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Gildemeisterstraße 60
D-33689 Bielefeld

Phone: +49 (0)5205 / 74-0
Fax: +49 (0)5205 / 74-30 09