The workshops are first based in the ruins of a castle overlooking the town of Wetter an der Ruhr.

The castle workshops are not easily reached, but at least they’re cheap – 2000 thaler are affordable for the young company founders.

Steam power – More than just hot air

In the grounds of Burg Wetter, Mechanische Werkstätten Harkort & Co. is founded. The company is one of the first to produce steam engines in Germany.

Inventive spirit

Harkort & Co. knows how to use steam and invents the first steam-powered crane.

Innovative Great Britain
During an apprenticeship in Glasgow, Heinrich Kamp learns about the innovative power of steam engines. Impressed and convinced of the potential of steam power, he founds the Mechanische Werkstätten Harkort & Co on returning to Germany. Through connections and by regularly reading British newspapers, he keeps up-to-date with technical innovations – and soon integrates these into his own production processes.
The force behind industrialisation:
Indoor crane produced by Harkort & Co., ca. 1870.

Full steam ahead!

Serial production of steam-powered indoor cranes begins.

Foundation of Mannesmann Werke in Düsseldorf

Ingenious inventors
Max and Reinhard Mannesmann spend over five years experimenting in their father’s filing factory. Together, they invent a rolling process to manufacture seamless steel tubes. Eager to experiment, the two brothers achieve a technical breakthrough for industrial production. The Mannesmann process becomes famous the world over. Steel tubes are still produced using this method even today.

Seamless production

The Mannesmann brothers invent a procedure to industrially manufacture seamless steel tubes.

Heavy-duty equipment:
Stöhr’s powerful conveyor systems are state-of-the-art.

Moving forward into the new century

Stöhr Förderanlagen is founded in Offenbach on 7th March 1900. The production of continuous conveyors, elevators and bucket systems begins.

A running conveyor system manufactured by Stöhr from 1906.

Holistic conveyor systems

Stöhr focuses on the production of complete conveyor systems.

The successor of the first floating crane, the “Long Henry” can lift up to 250 tons. Built in 1913-15, it still exists today and now stands in the port of Genoa, Italy.

81.4 m tall, “Long Henry” can be seen from miles away. At home in Wilhelmshaven for 30 years, it becomes the town’s most notable landmark.

Giants of the sea

The Benrather Machine Factory builds the world’s biggest floating crane for the Irish shipyard Harland & Wolf. The 40-metre-high crane is used to build the RMS Titanic.

From the former administrative headquarters of Duisburger Maschinenbau AG, Demag pursues its main activity: the industrialisation of Germany.

Joining forces to lift heavier loads!

Harkort & Co. merges with several machine manufacturers. Together they form the Deutsche Maschinenbau-Aktiengesellschaft (Demag) in Duisburg.

Crane operator

Demag becomes a leading manufacturer of cranes.

Multiple applications:
Stöhr’s innovations improve once laborious work flows.

Managing partner, Paul Salzer takes the company into new dimensions.

The visionary

Paul Salzer joins Stöhr as a partner. He develops some of the most important innovations for industrial production in Germany.

Master of serial production

Lead by Paul Salzer, Stöhr becomes an internationally acting industrial organisation.

Stöhr’s conveyor belts are even used in shoe production.

On wooden conveyor belts, women workers fill bags with almonds – at Latscha Lebensmittel-Einzelhandel in Frankfurt am Main.

We transport everything!

Mining, food, energy and transport industries all use Stöhr’s conveyor systems.

Mobile conveyors

Stöhr develops the world’s first mobile conveyor belt.

Powerful products

Demag continues to develop. Alongside cranes, it starts producing excavators, followed by locomotives and railcars.

Overhead conveyor systems

Stöhr develops the first overhead conveyor systems. Work environments, factory halls and salesrooms can now be used in completely new ways.

Mobility overseas

The manufacturer of conveyor technology Rapistan is founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Stöhr’s conveyor systems help rebuild Germany at the end of World War Two.

Loyal companions

The Stöhr factory is completely destroyed in the war and later dismantled. But employees remain loyal to the company and help make production possible again.

Destruction in the war
During 1948, Paul Salzer receives an order to dismantle the factory. The entire factory with its 129 machines and cranes worth 1.5 million Marks has to be dismantled and shipped to Norway. A severe blow for the already war-damaged company!
Used in all kinds of sectors: Overhead conveyor technology creates individual solutions for every sector of industry.

Things are looking up!

Innovative developments, such as the first hydraulic excavator, construction machines and mobile cranes, and expansion into the areas of conveyor and compressed-air technology highlight the role Demag plays in the economic miracle! Demag strides ahead and aims high!

Staff demonstrate solidarity
The workforce shows initiative. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, the plant is re-equipped with newly purchased and repaired machines. Employees turn rusty, fire-damaged machines into useable equipment. Production resumes!
Expansion of warehousing options: First automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) 1962 at Bertelsmann

Perfectly compartmentalised

The development of the world’s first shelf-servicing equipment guarantees revolutionary progress in intralogistics.

Stöhr expands to the USA. Consolidating cooperations with American industrial enterprises.

Transatlantic automation

Stöhr builds the first fully automated warehouse. Up to 15,000 orders are processed there every day.

Handling down under

Foundation of Colby Handling Systems in Sydney, Australia. The company establishes itself as a supplier of storage solutions.

Stöhr demonstrates progress and expertise: The first presentation of the latest conveyor systems at the intralogistics exhibition CeMAT in Hanover and the use of order picking – dating back to 1969.

Strategic start

Stöhr changes its name to Stöhr Förderanlagen Salzer GmbH. From now on, the conveyor specialist provides all-round solutions and is the first company to offer strategic consultancy services for the planning of integrated conveyor systems – the origins of modern intralogistics.

Growing bigger:
New company headquarters are built in Offenbach.

Versatile transport solutions

Demag takes over Stöhr and becomes a single-source supplier of conveyor technology and consultancy services.

Light signals from overseas

Rapistan starts working with pick-to-light systems. Picking processes become quicker and more intuitive.

One of the first high-bay warehouses with a height of 20 m.

Picking with giants:
Jib crane and high-bay warehouse with goods chute.

Aiming high!

DEMAG Mannesmann builds the first automated high-bay warehouse, revolutionising the construction of distribution centres.

Thinking Big!

Demag and Mannesmann join forces. Mannesmann Demag becomes a technology driver and broad-based expert in mechanical engineering.

Process controlling:
Computer-supported systems control is introduced in warehousing.

Fast processing!

Information technology and systems technology become an integral part of the company’s logistics solutions.

Five out of seven

Mannesmann Demag is the global market leader on five continents.

Spatial adaption and endless scalability with the sorting and conveyor systems.

A well-sorted start into the Nineties

With the takeover of the American conveyor specialist Rapistan, Mannesmann Demag extends its range of technologies.

Systematic processes

Rapistan works successfully with the shoe-sorter which sorts goods quickly.

Developments in Down Under

Mannesmann Demag takes over the Australian warehouse solution provider Colby Handling Systems.

VW New Beetle production line.

Complete solutions:
Integrated systems guarantee the smooth interaction of storage processes and the efficient use of space.

The entire world of intralogistics

Mannesmann Demag Fördertechnik is the world’s first full-service provider of intralogistics.

The new name

The now familiar name of Dematic appears for the first time following the transformation to Mannesmann Dematic AG.

Super Terminal 1 is situated on the artificially enlarged island of Chek Lap Kok off the coast of Hong Kong. The prestige project with its vast intralogistics infrastructure even has a tennis court on its roof, and incidentally brought Mannesmann Dematic one of the biggest orders in its company’s history worth almost 300 million US dollars.

We achieve superlatives

Hong Kong’s Super Terminal 1 is equipped with Mannesmann Dematic’s airport handling technology. The biggest airfreight terminal in the world handles around 2.9 million tons of air cargo a year.

A big partner

Siemens takes over the company and merges it with its own logistics sectors to become Siemens Dematic AG.

This is the future of automated small-parts warehouses:
The Dematic Multishuttle can store and retrieve goods decentrally on several levels.

We are Dematic

The Dematic Group is formed.

Revolutionising the little things

Market launch of the Dematic Multishuttle.

Constant growth

Dematic now has 4,100 employees worldwide.

Dematic Acquires HK Systems

Dematic acquires HK Systems to bring together the global engineering talent of two highly skilled teams.

Ergonomic picking station.

Dematic Multishuttle is a protected product name. Synonymous throughout the world with shuttle solutions, it stands for an entire product category, just like Kleenex, Hoover and Sellotape.

111 years of intra-logistics

Dematic celebrates 111 years in the business of intralogistics. To mark its anniversary, the company introduces new ground-breaking innovations. RapidStore stacker cranes, RapidPick picking stations, Dematic Multishuttle, and the warehouse management software DC Director.

A new generation:
The Dematic Multishuttle 2 is even lighter and faster – and can carry heavier loads.

A compact master

Introduction of the Dematic Multishuttle 2. Combined with the Flex-System, Inter-Aisle-Transfer and integrated solutions with automated palletising are possible.

Dematic Acquires Sprocket (Upturn Solutions)

Dematic acquires Upturn Solutions and their flagship computerized maintenance management system, Sprocket.

Presentation of a global innovation:
the PutWall Pickstation with light displays and integrated packing station.

Experience products first hand

A key theme at the exhibition CeMAT “Smart – Integrated – Efficient” sums up Dematic’s diverse portfolio of solutions. Visitors can experience the products live and evaluate solutions that fit their requirements and budget.

With Automated Mixed Case Palletising, a wide variety of cases can be packed fully automatically.

Dematic Europe’s head office in Heusenstamm.

A customer-oriented approach to the future

New premises in Heusenstamm offer more space and state-of-the-art infrastructure. The company’s own Tech Center introduces customers to processes and gives the possibility to see solutions in real time.

Dematic Aquires the SDI Group Europe

Dematic is extending its garment-processing systems with the acquisition of the SDI Group Europe.

Building mixed case pallets automatically

With Automated Mixed Case Palletising, a wide variety of cases can be packed fully automatically on pallets or in roll containers.

Material flow as a big mathematical solution

With the purchase of the innovative software specialist Reddwerks, an American intralogistics software company, customers can now control decision-making processes in real time.

Part of the KION Group

The KION Group sees industry trends and with the purchase of Dematic now offers a complete portfolio of material flow solutions — from hand pallet trucks and forklift trucks to fully automated storage systems.

Dematic Acquires NDC

Dematic acquires Australia-based NDC Automation, pioneering developer of Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) systems.

Integration of Retrotech

Specialist in customized warehouse control software and stacker crane modernization

Integration of Egemin Group

With the integration of former competitor Egemin, Dematic becomes the world’s largest supplier of Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) systems, adding a broad product portfolio for European customers.

Into the future with robotics

With the newly founded “Robotics Center of Excellence," Dematic offers automated solutions for on-demand and omnichannel shipping.

Dematic Celebrates 200th Anniversary

Designing and delivering innovative solutions. Who could have foreseen in 1819 how this story would develop and where it would lead to?...