FUTURE-ORIENTED COMPANY WITH HISTORY
An overview of our corporate development:
1973 – Gerardus de Man founds the de Man company in Steinhagen, which has specialized in electromechanical controls from the very beginning.
1976 – de Man designed and developed trend-setting positioning controls that enable the exact approach to a position of a motor-driven unit.
1980 – For Ford, PLC technology is used for the first time with a memory PLC.
1990 – In-house development of an automatic small parts warehouse and production control system.
1992 – In order to cope with the growth, a new administration building is being built at the company's headquarters in Borgholzhausen. The first de Man industrial PC is used.
2000 – Future-oriented entry into innovative robot technology and first projects.
2003 – Completion of the new assembly hall, which is used for the construction and advance acceptance of all plants.
2004 – The two sons Sebastian and Tobias de Man join the company.
2005 – Entry into RFID technology as a useful addition to the control of material flow (member of the RFID consortium).
2007 – A patent is pending for the wireless channel car. In addition to increasing trade fair activity (IFFA, FachPack, RFID User Day), the number of employees and turnover are also increasing.
2008 – With CeMAT and LogiMAT, de Man is represented at two of the most important trade fairs in this branch of industry. The company now employs 29 people.
2009 – An eventful year: de Man takes part in LogiMat, AnugaFoodTec and the Hanover Fair and is present in numerous media. The material flow calculator "de Man MasterMind" comes onto the market.
2010 – de Man establishes many international contacts at the IFFA in Frankfurt.
2011 – As a partner of Kawasaki Robotics, de Man is represented at the Hanover Fair. Numerous new projects ensure full utilization. de Man become a partner of KNAPP for the German-speaking countries.
2012 – Furthermore full order books, three trade fairs (AnugaFoodTec, Hannover Messe, FachPack), a framework contract with Kawasaki Robotics and many new employees – a more than positive balance!
2013 – de Man Industrie-Automation GmbH and ServiceMann for Lagersysteme GmbH & Co. KG merged and now operate under the new name "de Man Automation + Service GmbH & Co. KG".
2014 – The modular robot cell "MRZ" is developing to full success, as is participation in the FMB. de Man now also offers programming work for external systems.
2015 – A new packaging line is launched. After the positive balance of the previous year, de Man is exhibiting again at FMB.
2016 – As a partner of the "Robotik-Pack-Line", de Man is represented at both the IFFA in Frankfurt and the FachPack in Nuremberg. The renewed participation in the FMB rounds off the fair year in November. In addition, several large projects – such as a palletizing system for the Gropper dairy – ensure full utilization.
2017 – An eye on the employees of tomorrow: de Man makes numerous contacts with talented young programmers both at the "Company Day" at Münster University of Applied Sciences and at the "Company Contact Fair" at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. As part of the "Deutschlandstipendium", two students are supported by de Man financially and through internships etc. for one year. The second system for Prima Menu GmbH is also among several larger orders.
2018 – With the "Heron" palletizing cell and the "de Man control software", two of our solutions received the "BEST OF" award at the INDUSTRIEPREIS 2018. Anuga FoodTec in Cologne closes de Man with a record result.
2019 – For the first time, de Man is exhibiting at LIGNA and can take numerous inquiries from the wood industry to Borgholzhausen. Several large plants for some well-known customers ensure full capacity utilization. On the management floor, a generation change makes the company ready for the future: Tobias de Man takes over the management from his father Gerardus de Man. At the same time, the website also has a modern facelift. The renewed participation in the FMB underlines the regional orientation and concludes the successful business year.
2020 – Growth needs space: the company is expanding its company premises with a new 400 square meter warehouse. With the "M-Series", de Man brings a series of pre-planned modular robot cells for various applications onto the market: the MKA for erecting cardboard boxes, the MPZ for packing goods in cardboard boxes, the MRZ for palletizing and the MEZ for the labeling of products.
2021 – Full order books despite Corona: de Man is having a successful year, several MRZ and MEZ find their way to customers and in trade magazines. Three graduates from the Technical School of the Carl-Severing-Berufskolleg in Bielefeld are developing a coffee-serving robot for future trade fair appearances. At the Best of Industry Award, our MEZ modular labeling cell made it into the Top Ten of the best innovations in the Robotics & Automation category.
2022 - Tobias de Man now leads the company as sole managing director, his brother Sebastian returns to de Man as sales manager. In terms of size, the highlight among the numerous exciting projects is certainly a palletizing system for buckets with an approximately twelve meter long linear portal. This also impressed the mayor of Borgholzhausen, Dirk Speckmann, during his visit to the company. After a break due to Corona, in October de Man takes part at a trade fair again for the first time and presents its range of services at the FMB in Bad Salzuflen.