History of DESMA


Founding of "Deutsche Schuhmaschinen &
C0. U. E. Ludwig KG" under the brand name
Company purpose: Manufacturing of
machinery for shoe production.


Brand changes to "DESMA":
Deutsche Spezial Maschinen.


Development of further processes in the
fields of Rubber Injection and Foaming


DESMA becomes a market leader in plastic


Incorporation of DESMA in the Klöckner-


advances to be the worldwide leader in
injection moulding machinery sales.


After re-organization of the Klöckner Group, DESMA becomes an independent member, consisting of both firms KLÖCKNER DESMA Shoe Machinery located in Achim and KLÖCKNER DESMA Elastomere Technologies based in Fridingen.


KLÖCKNER DESMA Shoe Machinery makes big investments in designing technologies and in the mould shop. Advanced machine control concepts as well as new processes for shoe and sole production are developed. DESMA celebrates its 50th anniversary.

2000 / 2001

DESMA has confidently started the new millenium, with one of our best-ever years behind us. We look forward to building on our excellent foundations in the years to come.


Based in Guangzhou, a WFOE – Wholly Foreign Owned
Enterprise – DESMA China gets down to work in 2003.
Specialising in the rapid supply of spare parts and provision
of technical service, DESMA China is grounded in tradition
and looking forward to meeting the challenges of the future.


A time to celebrate – and for once, relax! DESMA customers, suppliers, employees and their families take the chance to reflect on 60 years of innovation and service to the footwear industry.


Full Speed ahead into the future! At 70 years, DESMA looks back on decades of exceptional progress, and forwards to meeting new challenges in the years to come. We are helping our partners in the footwear industry realise the factories of the future, today.

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