Ennepetal, Germany. Karl-Rudolf Mankel, Managing Shareholder of the DORMA Group, turns 70 on 31 March. "Karl-Rudolf Mankel has moulded the DORMA Group into an internationally successful company and has always sought to remain close to the workforce. He was and is a businessman in the best sense of the word," states Thomas P. Wagner, Chairman of the Executive Board of the family-run DORMA Group, established in 1908 and still based in Ennepetal, Germany.
Mankel, the grandson of company co-founder Rudolf Mankel, developed the corporate group into a leading international supplier of door technology systems and the world market leader in door closers. He has been instrumental in driving forward growth and raising the international profile of the company.
When, in 1969 at the age of 27, Mankel joined the company, DORMA was active solely on the German market and achieved annual sales equating to around EUR 20 million with a workforce of 500 employees. In 1977, Karl-Rudolf Mankel laid the foundations for the international expansion of DORMA with the establishment of the first foreign sales office in France. Just one year later he started to develop the emerging market of Asia with the first foreign DORMA production facility in Singapore.
Today DORMA employs around 6,600 employees and achieved sales of EUR 944 million in fiscal 2010/2011 in 49 countries across all five continents.
In 2009, Mankel transferred the majority of his shareholding to his two daughters Christine and Stephanie. The fourth generation of DORMA continues its commitment to continuity and reliability.
Ennepetal, 30 March 2012
DORMA offers reliable quality as a global partner for premium access solutions and services – conceived and designed to make buildings better. With more than 100 years of tradition behind it, DORMA has developed in revenue terms into the world market leader in door controls, movable walls and glass fittings and accessories. In the automatics segment too, the company is a member of the world elite. DORMA is also a successful player in the security, time management and access control segment and the number one in Germany for emergency exit control and escape route security systems. DORMA maintains major production plants in Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, China and North and South America. With an international workforce of around 6,000 employees, the Group realised sales of €944 million in fiscal 2010/11 (June 30). The DORMA Group headquartered in Ennepetal, Germany, operates on an international scale with 71 wholly-owned companies in 49 different countries.