History

Our company history

The Dappen Werkzeug & Maschinenbau GmbH company of today has undergone many different stages of development since 1940. Not only have matting and shoe heels played a role, but also seat benches and knife handles. The locations and products have changed several times over the years, but one thing has always remained the same: Dappen is a family-run company through and through. This is an important part of our company culture and our consultation. Personal, reliable and committed – this has always been the case at Dappen.

The most important milestones in our history:

  • 2018 – Dappen Werkzeug & Maschinenbau GmbH celebrates its 10-year anniversary since the company was re-established.
  • 2011 – Peter Dappen died at 85.
  • 2009 – Oliver Dappen qualified as a certified economic engineer.
  • 2008 – Oliver Dappen qualified as a certified engineering technician.
  • 2008 – Company take-over with re-establishment of Dappen Werkzeug & Maschinenbau GmbH by grandson Oliver Dappen.
  • 2001 – Oliver Dappen qualified as a technical drawer.
  • 1996 – Development and manufacture of the first fully hydraulic jaw crusher.
  • 1994 – Development and manufacture of the first hydraulic screening bucket.
  • 1976/1977 – Construction of second phase of current company headquarters.
  • 1973 – Machining of wooden seat shells, including installation in stadiums.
  • 1972 – Start of production of knife handles for the Solingen cutlery industry. This product was soon bringing in 90% of the company’s turnover.
  • 1961 – The product range was extended to include overflow barriers for sewage plants and seat benches with tables for motorway service areas, for example.
  • 1959/1960 – Construction of first phase of current company headquarters.
  • 1958 – Move to a building in Kleinenbroich.
  • 1956 – First vehicle purchased.
  • 1955 – The second business partner left the company, and Peter Dappen was now the sole proprietor with three employees.
  • 1953 – The first business partner left the company, and the product range was extended to include matting, for which Peter Dappen developed a special riveting method.
  • 1951 – Peter Dappen started up a wood processing company in a garage in Korschenbroich together with two business partners.
    The initial products that were manufactured included wooden wedge heels for the shoe industry and shuttles and beaters for the textile industry.
    Delivery took place using a bicycle with a trailer.
  • 1940 – Peter Dappen started his education as a toolmaker.