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Anyone driving a car in the 1950’s probably parked it behind a ‘Berry’ up-and-over garage door from Hörmann. The classic garage door – which saves space by swinging forward, then upwards under the garage ceiling – laid the foundation for the current company.

The business was founded in 1935 under the original name ‘Bielefelder Stahltore.’ Today, the Hörmann group is an international enterprise which develops and produces doors, as well as fire- and smoke-protection systems, in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Hörmann has shared a continuous working relationship with thyssenkrupp Steel Europe for over 50 years. This business relationship is “characterized by mutual trust and respect,” says Heinz Richter, Purchasing Director in Amshausen near Bielefeld, one of the group’s 27 plants. Together with Martin J. Hörmann, he manages the purchasing of galvanized steel and hot-rolled strip for European plants.

70 metric tons each day in Amshausen alone

Since 2007, Hörmann has been relying on a material group management system where the plant and sales managers jointly handle all material procurement tasks. The steel manufacturer approves. “The concept is solid. We regularly meet to discuss prices and product ideas,” says Sales Manager Axel Pohl.

The steel is delivered by truck to the Hörmann plants in the form of a coil. In Amshausen alone, that comes to around 70 metric tons each day. In addition, Hörmann takes advantage of the services of the thyssenkrupp Stahl-Service-Center. Their motto, ‘Out in the evening, on site in the morning,’ represents a real advantage for daily procurement management.

Appearances can be deceiving: What looks like a wooden gate is actually made from foil-coated steel.
Appearances can be deceiving: What looks like a wooden gate is actually made from foil-coated steel.

Steel doors that look like wood

In addition to incorporating galvanized steel, the company also uses pladur®-coated steel in the ‘Golden Oak’ and ‘Rosewood’ wood pattern designs. The doors look as if they were made of wood. The finished doors are transported through the production facility on conveyor chains near the ceiling to a gigantic high rack storage facility that can store up to 20,000 units.

The doors can be operated manually or using drives, and they can be equipped with additional safety equipment. Rasmus Nilles, from technical customer service support at ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe, says: “For me, it is apparent that Hörmann’s high standards for quality, its innovative corporate culture, and its strict project management philosophy are deeply ingrained in the company.” Thanks to this philosophy, Hörmann will be keeping dream cars parked safely behind garage doors well into the future.

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