DÖRKENGROUP companies have been developing products and services that set new standards consistently for more than 125 years. Sustaining the success and growth of our divisions depends on an innovation culture that we are consciously fostering and translating into practice at every level.
When a DÖRKENGROUP company unveils a new development, it can very often be described as a genuine innovation. This is because our products always aspire to offer value-added and – as far as possible – new benefits. Our success in pursuing this goal is reflected in the regular award of the prestigious TOP-100 seal of approval.
For the last ten years, DÖRKENGROUP companies have been represented at every one of the TOP-100 award ceremonies. Small and medium-sized enterprises are singled out every two years for recognition as one of Germany’s premier business innovators. We remain fully committed to maintaining our competitive position among the country’s most innovative companies.
Our research and development work consistently, seeking to harness the best available technologies. In pursuit of this goal, we have established modern R&D labs that enable highly skilled employees to work on a steady stream of innovations. Their freedom from practical constraints is not left to chance but enshrined in our focused innovation management policy.
Dörken MKS is an impressive project partner. Apart from its structured and time-saving approach, it allows direct access to every member of the value chain, which consistently ensures a good outcome.
Head of surface treatment at Sigmund Scherdel GmbH & Co.
Innovation doesn’t simply happen, but entails both investment and risk. In particular, however, it depends on the interaction of a group of passionate individuals. For this reason, we give our employees all the time, freedom and autonomy they need. It’s an approach that repeatedly spawns new and pioneering ideas that make us and our customers happy.
Innovations cannot be originated or allowed to develop without a secure environment. We create the requisite conditions inside our business by maintaining an internal team of developers. Around 40 creative minds within DÖRKENGROUP are permanently engaged in investigating new ideas or refining existing products.
In view of its scale, our organisation is thought to be without equal in the sector, and is frequently singled out for praise and recognition.
Protec has been a reliable and highly capable partner for many years with its innovative tinting systems for a global network of more than 2,000 Meffert mixing stations at the point of sale.
Meffert AG Farbwerke
Developed by PROTEC Systempasten GmbH, the products in this range can curb the warming of dark façades by as much as 20°C. DecoAdd IR+ pastes provide integrated thermal insulation and thus prevent cracks forming in the façades. They can also reduce the amount of energy consumed by the building’s air-conditioning.
DELTA-HEAT®, the water-based high-temperature coating produced by DÖRKEN MKS-Systeme, won the NRW Efficiency Prize in 2015. In the steel industry, this innovative corrosion protection treatment reduces scale formation by as much as 80%, improving material efficiency. It is also entirely free of solvents and toxic substances.
The novel functional coating paste DELTA LIQUIXX was originated by DÖRKEN GmbH to facilitate the simple, airtight sealing of membranes in critical places, such as the roof-to-wall interface and pipe penetrations. The method of monitoring the paste’s drying action is an innovation in itself: its colour changes from pale to dark blue as it hardens.
Intended specifically for hipped end roofs, the roofing underlay DELTA®-MAXX WD stands out with its outstanding efficiency. An adhesive strip on the underside of the two longitudinal edges allows the material to be laid not only efficiently, but also much faster than conventional underlays. In addition, precise cutting in the areas of the roof hip gables and valleys ensures that no material is wasted.
DELTA-PROTEKT® KL 120 is an innovative surface treatment developed by Dörken MKS to provide immensely reliable and efficient protection for steel components in diverse industries, including the automotive and wind turbine segments. Even an absolutely thin layer of the zinc flake base coat offers excellent adhesion and outstanding protection against corrosion, and is highly resistant to white rust and extreme temperatures.
The new hybrid functional paint Lucite® MultiResist PRO protects against mould without the use of any allergenic or environmentally hazardous active substances, and is resistant to bacteria and pathogens. In view of its non-polluting recipe, it is especially suitable for use in highly sensitive areas. The coating minimises the dangers of walls being contaminated with MRSA bacteria, for example.
“It goes without saying that our dental practice upholds the most stringent hygiene standards, but we had never given any consideration to wall paints in this context. When the time came to renovate the practice, one of the tradesmen from the contractor Grau & Farblos of Hagen drew our attention to a wall and ceiling paint that resists both pathogens and MRSA bacteria. We were a little sceptical at first, but ultimately persuaded upon discovering that the antimicrobial activity and effectiveness of LUCITE® MultiResist Pro has been verified by an independent institute. And the satin finish of the freshly painted walls in our practice is the icing on the cake.”
In order to give buildings the best possible protection, we use only DELTA composite membranes. Given the comprehensive range of well-conceived and easy-to-use products, we don’t need to look anywhere else.
In the context of the competition Dachwelten in 2018, we welcomed a group of students from Bochum University of Applied Sciences to our facility in Herdecke.
The competition focuses on the creative process of building pitched roofs, and encourages entrants to engage with the topics of their construction, design and relevance. Projects are overseen by nine higher education institutions working together with partners from industry.
The competition spans several phases, from developing and then ‘pitching’ an idea in the course of a semester through to the closing workshop, where the institutions compete against each other in a play-off final.
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The international design competition Formula Student invites teams of students to build and race electric cars against teams from other higher education institutions. Dörken MKS is contributing both financial and intellectual resources to the race car prototype being constructed by the Ignition Racing Team (IRT) of Osnabrück University.
Given that the components of a formula car must withstand extreme stresses and have to meet strict quality standards, Dörken’s knowledge of anti-corrosion coatings is in great demand. Very recently, Dörken MKS coatings were being applied, for example, to shock absorber bolts, chassis mounts, rotary levers, wheel bolts and other parts of one of these lightweight vehicles.
But it’s not only the engineering students who benefit from this collaboration; on several occasions, MKS has also gained valuable insights with the potential to enhance its coating systems. Apart from sharing their findings from detailed investigations conducted after the race series, both parties are also reaping the rewards of networking with each other. Cooperative projects like these not only make good sense, but they’re good fun as well.