Robots, automated production lines and supercomputers along with steel, heavy drop hammers, dies and glowing tool blanks. Progress and traditional forging methods go hand in hand at the GEDORE tool factory. The traditional manufacturing company, which is based in Remscheid in Germany, has been producing tools at the Lüttringhausen site since 1919 using old forging methods, bundling 100 years of forging competence. The history of the GEDORE family company is the story of a corporate success that is based on uncompromising quality and consistent proximity to the customer. From the founding of a small forge and the development of trail-blazing tools, the expansion abroad and the acquisitions of specialist tool manufacturers to one of the world's leading manufacturers of premium tools.
The story of GEDORE's success begins on 19.12.1919. At the tool town of Remscheid in Germany, the brothers Karl, Otto and Willi Dowidat built up a tiny forge, with virtually no capital, to manufacture adjustable spanners, punches and other hand tools. They decided to call their company GEDORE, an acronym based on the name GEbrüder (brothers) DOwidat REmscheid.
Quality gets around: the Dowidat brothers' high-quality, durable tools were soon acquired by rapidly growing trade and industrial companies. GEDORE also manufactured more and more items for automobile production, which experienced an early boom after World War I. The forge soon became too small, and in 1926 GEDORE moved into new premises in Remscheid Lüttringhausen – still the family company's main base today.
GEDORE soon established itself as a widely known tool manufacturer with an excellent reputation, and became the epitome of professional tools. For instance, the socket sets boxes first launched in the 1930s are still known as "GEDORE nut boxes" (socket sets) to this day. The GEDORE works in Remscheid emerged largely unscathed from the war, and production was quickly resumed. GEDORE grew extremely dynamically in the post-war period, expanded its production facilities, and led the development of the industry with innovations such as the Alu-Dremometer and the 1B combination spanner.
GEDORE grew dynamically throughout the 1960s. Despite expanding the buildings and premises, GEDORE's production facilities were unable to cope with demand. In order to create additional capacities and be closer to the customer, Otto Dowidat opted for a strategy that was almost revolutionary at the time, and expanded abroad. New production sites were opened in Brazil, England, Austria and South Africa. This was followed by marketing companies all over the world, Today the family company is represented in more than 70 countries across the world.
Otto Dowidat, who was responsible for the successful global expansion of GEDORE, died in 1975. His son Karl continued to grow the company into a leading international tool manufacturer. In order to expand the product portfolio, he acquired local specialist manufacturers such as Herder and Dako; they were followed later by providers of special solutions, for instance for the automotive industry, forestry and high-torque technology.
In 2002, Karen Dowidat, granddaughter of the company founder Otto Dowidat, took over as managing partner. In 2012 the GEDORE group of companies became a holding company. In order to be even closer to the customer and more proactive on the market, GEDORE realigned itself in 2016, bundling its competencies and focusing its brand portfolio by integrating the existing brands. The company has been operating with an integrated umbrella brand strategy since 2018. The strong product lines GEDORE and GEDORE red are run under GEDORE "Tools for Life". The excellent forestry tools of the traditional premium brand OCHSENKOPF further strengthened the versatile portfolio of the GEDORE Group.
GEDORE is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. The next one hundred years of company history will remain in the family's hands: Christian Dowidat was called to the management board of GEDORE Holding.
Under the motto of "From tradition into the future", tool manufacturer GEDORE of Remscheid in Germany is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and looking back at an eventful and successful company history. The family company has been producing high-quality tools, special tools and tailor-made solutions for versatile, safe and professional use by industry and trade since it was founded in 1919. With over 16,000 products, GEDORE today has one of the most comprehensive offers of any European tool manufacturer, and is one of the world's leading providers in the premium range.
Today the company is a global group with more than 2,300 employees in over 70 countries.. Despite this tremendous growth, the company is still owned by the family: Karen Dowidat, granddaughter of the company founder Dowidat, has been the CEO since 2000. Together with her son Christian Dowidat, who was appointed member of the management board of GEDORE Holding GmbH by shareholder resolution with effect from 12.02.2019, the Dowidat family continues steadfastly along the path of earlier generations. Dr. Christian Dowidat has been with the company for five years now, and is preparing to take on the overall responsibility for it. He is in charge of the division "(B)usiness (I)nnovation (G)EDORE – BIG", and is continuing the company's long tradition..
On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, GEDORE is celebrating its traditions and values – but without losing sight of its future viability. This goes hand-in-hand with a clear strategy that managing director Chris Metzler formulates as follows:
Based on 100 years of experience and in line with its motto of "From tradition into the future", GEDORE will continue to follow the aim of providing people with high-quality products, excellent service, innovative solutions, commitment and passion. With this in mind, the tool manufacturer will continue to produce and optimise tried-and-tested items such as spanners and tool trolleys. At the same time, the range is being extended to contemporary standards. To mark the occasion of its 100th anniversary, GEDORE has also launched a limited edition of selected tools on the marked – available, incidentally, exclusively from our Blue Deal retailers or online.
The highlights for 2019 are without doubt the anniversary tools and products in a special design and with new optimised functions. In the 69-piece socket wrench set ¼"+1/2" 19 BMC 20, GEDORE is for the first time offering a comprehensive set of tools in a strong yet lightweight plastic case. One of the most popular torque wrenches is the 3550 UK-LS4 Torcoflex UK in a set with impact sockets with a protective sleeve and with a working accuracy of +/- 3% that exceeds the requirements of DIN EN ISO 6789-2:2017. A brand new addition to the programme is the die LED/UV lamp 900 20 by GEDORE, infinitely adjustable and dimmable, and variable from LED light to UV light in blue-violet.
The tool set, in conjunction with the safe, clear and mobile GTT B-S-177 tool trolley from GEDORE, offers comprehensive basic equipment, in metric dimensions, for every car workshop or screwdriver garage.
The seven 640 mm wide and 400 mm deep drawers, two of which are already equipped with a 93-piece screwdriver set and a 79-piece socket wrench set, hold up to 60 kg. The complete drawer contents are always visible thanks to the telescopic full-extension runner. Five drawers are particularly suitable for hand tools and can be subdivided individually using longitudinal dividers from the GEDORE range. The lowest drawer also accommodates tools and larger equipment.
The GTT B-7's high total lifting capacity, 900 kg static and 650 kgd dynamic, means it can also be used as a storage space for tools and equipment of larger dimensions.
Safety and convenience are provided by the individual locking system, which prevents unintentional opening of the drawers. The drawers can be opened with a single movement via the unlocking bar. A central locking system with cylinder lock protects tools and equipment from unauthorised access.
Security is complemented by comfort. Thanks to two ball-bearing smooth-running wheels and two large high-performance wheels as well as a drive-steer handle, the GTT B-7 maintains its smoothness, manoeuvrability and directional stability even under heavy loads.
After 100 years of the company's history, mementos such as historic pictures and old prints are some of the particularly precious items in the archives. And after such a long time, they are often the only witnesses that provide an insight into the old times. Such as the "GEDORE Informations-Dienst", the forerunner to our newsletter of today.
GEDORE was inspired by these witnesses to history, and has developed a very special design element just for the anniversary year: for 12 months, one of the oldest GEDORE testimonials will be brought back to life and adorn the tool manufacturer's communications.
GEDORE is not only celebrating its 100th anniversary year with the founding family and staff, but also with GEDORE customers, users and tool fans. The 100-years design element will be used on a special edition designed just for the purpose, with fan articles including wall calendars, enamel signs, bread boxes and metal cups.