From a forge to a global company
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 build up a tiny forge, with virtually no capital, to manufacture adjustable spanners and other hand tools. They decide to call their company GEDORE, an acronym based on the name GEbrüder (brothers) DOwidat REmscheid.
With quality to success
Quality gets around: the Dowidat brothers' high-quality, durable tools are soon acquired by the rapidly growing trade and industrial companies. GEDORE also manufactures more and more items for automobile production, which experiences an early boom after World War I. The forge soon becomes too small, and in 1926 GEDORE moves into new premises in Remscheid Lüttringhausen – still the family company's main base today.
The epitome of modern tools
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 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.
Progressive expansion strategy
Despite expansions of building and equipment, GEDORE's production facilities can no longer cope with the increase in demand. In order to create further capacities and be closer to the customer, at the end of the 1950s Otto Dowidat opted for on a strategy that was almost revolutionary in its day and in the industry, and decided to expand abroad. New production sites were opened in Brazil, England, Austria and South Africa. This was followed by marketing companies all over the world, and today the family company is represented in more than 70 countries across the world.
Acquisition of specialists
Otto Dowidat, 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.
Restructuring and brand integration
In 2012 the GEDORE group of companies became a holding company. The partners were Karen Dowidat, daughter of Karl Dowidat, and her son Christian. In order to be even closer to the customer and more proactive on the market, GEDORE is realigning in 2016, bundling its competencies and focusing its brand portfolio by integrating the existing brands.
From 2016 there will be three strong brands:
• GEDORE, the premium brand for high-quality tools
• carolus, the brand for solid tools in the middle price segment
• Ochsenkopf, the traditional premium brand for excellent forestry tools