A century of success: With roughly 700
employees, we see ourselves as an international company based in Germany.
Karl Hunke and Wilhelm Jochheim set up a factory for manufacturing metal index
tabs in Iserlohn/North Rhine Westphalia.
The Company has already grown considerably; the manufacturing premises at the
corner of Wallstr. / Hochstr. are only a temporary solution prior to buying
production and administration buildings on Wilhelmstr. The expanding company
has about 50 employees up till the war.
The rehabilitation phase can begin; the Company starts up again with a staff of
around 30. The first plastic index systems are introduced in the following
Purchase of approx. 6,000 sq. metres of industrial land in Westfalenstr.,
Construction of manufacturing premises on the new site. An extension becomes
necessary due to the expanding production range after 1949 and to allow for the
start of plastics fabrication.
DURABLE invents the DURACLIP® patent clip
folder - the solution for filing documents without having to punch them.
An additional 2,000 sqm. are purchased adjacent to the property in
The old factory in Wilhelmstr. has become too small. In the course of urban
development the premises in the town are sold and an industrial site of approx.
16,000 sq. metres is bought in Kamen-Methler. The move to Kamen-Methler is
necessary because there are not sufficient workers locally.
Building on the new factory premises is started in the same year as well as the
erection of the present main administration building and a central warehouse.
The Company takes up operations in its new premises on Westfalenstr., Iserlohn
and in Kamen-Methler.
The production area in Kamen-Methler is extended by 5,000 sqm. in a second
building phase and now totals 8,000 sqm. The systematic development of the
range of computer filing accessories commences at the beginning of the 1970s.
Completion of the third building phase in Kamen-Methler, bringing the total
production area there up to 10,000 sqm.
The first foreign subsidiaries start business in England and Sweden.
The production premises and headquarters in Iserlohn are again expanded to a
total of 4,300 sqm.
A further subsidiary is set up in the Netherlands.
Construction of a modern distribution centre with high-bay warehouse in
The individual shipping divisions are concentrated at the distribution centre
Purchase of a production location in Gotha.
An additional subsidiary is established in Belgium.
About 5,000 sqm. of manufacturing area are erected in the course of the second
building phase in Iserlohn-Sümmern.
The Iserlohn production is transferred from Westfalenstr. to Sümmern.
The SHERPA® Display System table 10 and the SHERPA
floor stand are presented with the "iF Design Award" by Industrie
Forum Design Hanover.
The distribution centre in Iserlohn-Sümmern is extended by 4,000 pallet bays.
The portable CD wallet CD MOBIL is voted "Product of the Year" by the
ISPA international trade press.
Construction of a new production facility in Gotha. DURABLE sets up a
subsidiary in France.
The centium desk collection wins the ISPA "Product of the Year" award.
DURABLE wins the "BOSS Federation Manufacturing Excellence Award
2001", the highest distinction awarded by the British office products
Investment in a production location in Poland and establishment of an agency in
DURABLE is "Manufacturer of the Year" at the OPI European Office
Managing Director Horst-Werner Maier-Hunke receives award for his "Life's
A unique warranty on DURACLIP® is introduced –
the 5 Year Clip Guarantee
DURABLE exhibits at Paperworld China with a stand of its own for the first time
DURABLE wins the Southern Westphalia Marketing Award
Complete acquisition of production location in Poland.
The KEY BOX organization system for keys is voted "Product of the
Year" by the IPSA.
The KEY BOX from DURABLE is chosen as "Product of the Year" by FVKK,
the German Association for Plastic Consumer Goods.
A representative office is opened in Poland.
Horst-Werner Maier-Hunke, Managing Director of DURABLE is elected president of
the Employers' Association of the Metal Industry in North Rhine-Westphalia
A representative office is opened in Northern Italy.
DURABLE wins the OPI European Office Products Award as the "Most
Innovative Company of the Year"
The KEY BOX from DURABLE is presented with the "Product of the Year"
award from the German Association for Plastic Consumer Goods (for the second
DURACLIP® wins the "Best Product"
accolade at the 2005 Benelux Office Products Awards.
Official opening of the new production plant in Szscecin, Poland which is
approximately 24,000 m².
DURABLE wins the "Product of the Year 2007" award in the commercial
office supplies category from the German Association of the Paper, Office
Supplies and Stationery Industry.
The VARIO® Display System pro 10 earns the "Product of the Year 2007"
award from the International Stationery Press Association ISPA.
Acquisition of the finnish company IDEALPLAST.
Acquisition of the "office furniture and environment" business sector
of the insolvent Dutch producer ATLANTA.
New products: office furniture, office environment, Waste management.
Opening of the
production in Coevorden/Netherlands.
DURAFRAME® receives the Red Dot Award, the 6th
The production area in Stettin is doubled.
VARICOLOR® receives the Red Dot Award
Durable opens a company-owned Kindergarten for children between 1 and 3 years.
For the 3rd time in a row DURABLE is selected as “service champion in the
office” by German secretaries.
Market launch of the innovative LED lighting system LUCTRA®. From the very beginning, it is produced manually at the LUCTRA® factory, in a specially designed area within the
Kamen-Methler production plant, which has already existed for many years.
In the same year, this plant celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Extension of the
logistics centre in Iserlohn-Sümmern by adding a high bay warehouse. Thanks to
the additional capacity, some external warehouses can be closed and
distribution can be concentrated on site.
DURABLE wins for the 10th time the Supplier of the Year award from Lyreco, a
globally leading distributor of office and workplace solutions.
With the launch of the TABLET HOLDER range, DURABLE is consistently driving its
product policy towards solutions for mobile working environments.
In DURAFRAME, DURABLE promoted one of its top-sellers in a German television
commercial for the first time in company history.
The company is strengthening its traditional links to Germany as a production
location by investing € 6 million to build a new production facility in