Despite its rapid growth in the past few decades, DORMA has remained a family-owned company. Rudolf Mankel and his brother-in-law, Wilhelm Dörken, founded Dörken & Mankel KG in Ennepetal, Germany, on July 1, 1908. The first products to come out of the factory were double-action door hinges and milled screws. Right from the start, the two partners imposed the very highest quality standards on their products. The principle that applied even at that time – “Better the best at a good price than to disappoint our customers” – was destined to influence significantly the path adopted by the company. DORMA gained access to further new markets by entering into the security and emergency escape technology sector in 1987. The year 2000 heralded a new management structure comprising a holding company, five divisions and 13 sales regions, established with the purpose of further improving DORMA’s global position and better preparing it for the challenges of the future. The DORMA Group has improved sales and profits in fiscal 2014/2015. According to IFRS figures, Group sales rose by 9.8% to € 1,109.2 million (previous year: € 1,010.3 million). The Dorma Group and the Kaba Group, from Rümlang in Zurich (Switzerland), merged to form dorma+kaba in September 2015. The merger has created one of the top three companies in the global market for security and access solutions, with pro forma sales of more than CHF 2 billion and around 16,000 employees. dorma+kaba is active in over 50 countries and has a presence, through both production sites and distribution and service offices, in all relevant markets. Together, the two companies offer their customers a comprehensive portfolio of products, solutions and services for security and building access, so these customers can get everything relating to access and opening and closing doors from a single source. The portfolio includes locking systems – from cylinders, keys and locks right through to fully networked electronic access solutions – but also physical access systems and automatic door systems, as well as a comprehensive range of door hinges and fittings, door controls. These are augmented by products for time and enterprise data recording, high-security locks, horizontal sliding walls and movable partitions.