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Our History

A History of Innovation

Dematic is a company that evolved and grew by continuously developing productive solutions for receiving to shipping applications in production and distribution applications.

As a solution provider, we continue to introduce new capabilities that are built around material handling technology, process improvements, and software. Here is a look at our history timeline.

Our Lineage

Date

Event

1819

The present-day Demag Cranes & Components GmbH founded in Wetter an der Ruhr, Germany. The first steam powered crane is produced

1840

Full production of overhead cranes starts in Germany

1890

Formation of Mannesmann, Germany

1900

Foundation of Stöhr Förderanlagen in Offenbach, Germany

1908

The company designs the world’s largest floating crane for Harland & Wolf in Belfast, which is later used for construction of the RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic

1910

“Demag” formed in Duisburg, Germany by union of a number of companies

1922

The company develops the world’s first mobile conveyor belt

1925

The company commences manufacture of excavators and moves on to locomotives and railcars

1930s

The company develops the world’s first hanging conveyors, providing innovative ways for customers to use their space

1939

Formation of Rapistan in Grand Rapids, Michigan,USA

1954

The company develops its first hydraulic excavators and then expands into construction machines, vehicle cranes, moving and conveying engineering, steel mill technology, compressors, and compressed air engineering.

The company also becomes a world leader in the manufacturing of injection moulding machines.

1959

The company develops the world’s first stacker crane and produces its first storage and retrieval machines - a revolution in intralogistics

1962

The company provides increased efficiency for its customers, building the first fully automated warehouse where 15,000 orders can be sent out daily

1966

Formation of Colby Handling Systems in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

1968

From being purely a product provider, the company becomes a full service solution provider, working with its customers to find the best solution for their businesses

1973

Mannesmann acquires a majority interest in Demag

1974

The company builds the world’s first automated high-bay warehouse with 20 m high stacker cranes, and begins to revolutionize the way Distribution Centers are built

1990s

The company becomes a global market leader on five continents

1991

Mannesmann DEMAG AG acquires the Rapistan Corp

1992

Formation of Mannesmann DEMAG Fördertechnik

1993

The company acquires Colby Handling Systems

1995

The company becomes the world’s first intralogistics general contractor and one-stop supplier

1997

Formation of Mannesmann Dematic AG

2000

Siemens AG acquires Mannesmann Dematic

2001

Formation of Siemens Dematic AG

2005

Formation of Dematic GmbH & Co. KG as a standalone, independent company 

2006

Dematic revolutionizes the market for miniload handling; launching the Dematic Multishuttle®

2010

Dematic acquires HK Systems, Inc., a North American automated material handling and software solutions provider

2011

Dematic develop more ground-breaking innovations with launch of the new stacker crane RapidStore®, the Ergonomic Pick Station RapidPick®, Multishuttle Flex, and the Warehouse Management Software DC Director®

2012

Dematic brings the latest industry improvement to its customers with the lighter, faster, most energy and cost efficient Multishuttle® 2

2014

Acquisition of SDI Group Europe by Dematic

2015

Acquisition of Reddwerks (USA) by Dematic

2016

Acquisition of NDC Automation (Australia) by Dematic

2016

KION Group acquires Dematic