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125 years Dörken - A thank you to customers and staff






125 years Dörken - A thank you to customers and staff


Ewald Dörken AG celebrated its 125th anniversary at the end of September with a veritable mega event. At an exclusive show dinner the company and its five business units became the 'programme'. Jan Delay rocked the marquee and had customers, business partners and employees on their feet - in keeping with the anniversary motto 'Keep moving'.

A splendid event crowned the '125 Years of Dörken' anniversary year. On the 29th of September 2017, Ewald Dörken AG, Herdecke celebrated its company birthday along with around 750 customers and business partners. The 30th of September was then all about saying thank you to the employees, who have played a key part in the development of the business.

The 29th of September 2017 began with an official part of the programme for customers and partners of the business with special sector get-togethers of the individual business units, presentations and talks. Dörken MKS-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG, for example, invited 150 customers from all over the world to the 'Dörken Days' on the top floor of the Dortmund 'U'. However, the breathtaking views over the city distracted only briefly from the presentations. Managing Director Dr. Martin Welp opened the event with a look back and a look ahead to the 125th anniversary. Arndt Kirchhoff, Vice President of the VDA - Verband der Automobilindustrie e. V. (German Automotive Industry Association) - followed with a talk on developments in his industry. Technical innovations were presented by the Head of Technology Management, Christian Rabe. The President of the Doerken Corporation gave a presentation on market trends in the USA and the expertise of the local team. Onnen von Bredow, as Head of Asia Pacific at Dörken MKS, gave an insight into the Asian culture and local market structure. Andrej von Hofmann, General Manager of Dörken MKS Systems Shanghai, talked about the market situation in China. Finally, Dr. Gerhard Reusmann, Technical Director, gave an overview of the Dörken MKS product portfolio and the products' particular attributes. At the celebratory evening function the speeches were then kept consciously brief. 15 minutes was all that Karl E. Dörken, Partner and Member of the Supervisory Board of Ewald Dörken AG, needed to quickly run through the 125 years of the company's history. Just a further five minutes was needed by Executive Director Thorsten Koch for his look into the future and at the challenges that will face the business over the coming years. Then the exclusive show dinner began, during which the five operating companies of the Dörken Group were cleverly portrayed in dance, acrobatics, performance and music. The climax of the evening, however, was the appearance of Jan Delay and his band Disko No. 1, who really got the tent rocking. After them, the party started with DJ Munich.

The 30th of September was then a day of saying thank you to the staff of the Dörken Group. A family day on the factory grounds offered lots of fun and information for all Dörken employees and their families. Despite pouring rain the visitors didn't allow the weather to spoil the good mood. In the evening there was then a celebration in the marquee with 1,350 employees and their partners, who were able to enjoy the same show programme as the customers the evening before. With one difference. The atmosphere on this evening was a tad more high-spirited still!