of employees work in research and development
Success story with a system
The Best, by design – the company slogan can also be justified convincingly in the history of the company. It began with the story of two brothers who developed a company from a small 2-man trade business that is now successful at an international level and sets standards in dental technology. Many standards in modern practices are based on the developments of this company. The name Dürr Dental has been synonymous with progress and innovation in medical technology for decades.
Now in its 3rd generation, Dürr Dental is still a family company. This tradition comes with obligations. Social commitment is also a top priority – locally and far beyond the region.
Brothers Karl and Wilhelm Dürr from Gechingen near Calw founded a precision workshop in Stuttgart-Feuerbach.
The first milestone: The development and production of handpieces and angled instruments with water cooling enables tooth preparation with pulp protection.
The company's head office moves to Bietigheim, Etzelstraße. The first production hall is built, dental technology products are further developed.
Compressor production begins, starting with an oil-lubricated Dürr Dental compressor which drives the KaVo Air Rotor.
A glance at the price list shows the range of small treatment units, polishing and suspended motors, handpieces and contra-angled handpieces.
Dürr Dental introduces treatment whereby the dentist is seated and the patient is lying down in Europe with the mobile Orosuc unit.
The introduction of Orotol as a disinfectant for suction units gives rise to system solutions which maintain their value right across all product areas. Introduction of the first oil-free compressor for dental medicine.
A development order establishes the next successful area of business: Implementation of the first fully automated X-ray film development machine, Procomat, for Siemens – from development through to production.
Milestone for the quality of dental compressed air systems: Global introduction of dry air units to protect valuable dental instruments against oxidation and prevent the growth of bacteria in the tank.
The first separation system separates particles and solids from the air being sucked in, continuously extracts these and then activates a hydrodynamic self-cleaning function.
Simply logical, simply safe: Introduction of Dürr System Hygiene with a systematically developed range of products for disinfection, cleaning and maintenance for a specific purpose, designed for use in practices and laboratories.
The market launch of the VS 300 Combination Suction Unit celebrates the arrival of a completely new technology which, for the first time, combines a suction unit, a separating unit, and later also the amalgam separator (VSA 300), in one compact unit. In this efficient and robust unit, all systems move on one drive shaft.
"A picture says more than a thousand words." The dental video system – VistaCam – extends the diagnostics options and changes the communication between dentists and patients. The screen is displayed on the treatment unit and imaging on the PC assists diagnostics. The VistaCam thus forms the basis for the new product area for digital imaging systems.
With the introduction of VistaRay sensors, the intraoral X-ray also paves the way for the digital reading of image information, whereby exposure to radiation can be significantly reduced.
Dürr Dental presents the new Vector principle at the IDS in Cologne with live treatment demonstrations. Vector is a gentle method used for low pain treatment which targets the cause, as well as for the prophylaxis of periodontal diseases.
A new highlight in digital diagnostics: The VistaScan dental image plate scanner is introduced. Providing top image quality, it defines entirely new standards for the speed with which X-rays are read out and how they are handled.
Dürr Dental GmbH & Co. KG becomes Dürr Dental AG. The company is now led by a Board of Management: Martin Dürrstein (CEO) and Axel Schramm (Executive Vice President).
Introduction of the VistaScan Mini Plus image plate scanner. The DBSWIN imaging software displays results in outstanding quality and ensures ergonomic work processes.
Introduction of the VistaCam iX multi-head camera for diagnostics, early detection of caries and plaque visualisation. The camera not only excels in terms of functionality, it also meets all the design and ergonomics requirements.
The fully digital VistaPano S panoramic X-ray machine and the VistaIntra intraoral X-ray generator are launched. With the VistaPano S, Dürr Dental sets a new standard in the sharpness of extraoral images.
The Tyscor VS 2 radial suction unit with Tyscor Pulse software, the VistaCam iX HD intraoral multi-head camera and the VistaPano S Ceph X-ray unit are presented.
Wilhelm Dürr (*1907- †1995) completed an apprenticeship as a precision engineer at Zeiss Ikon before graduating as an engineer from the Staatlich Württembergischen Höheren Maschinenbauschule in Esslingen in Germany. He then went on to work for Bosch, Märklin Göppingen and Fleischmann in Dresden before moving to Stuttgart and returning to Bosch. Finally, on 1 November 1941, he and his brother founded their own workshop. He has been awarded a number of patents for his inventions.
Karl Dürr (*1905 - †1989) carried out an apprenticeship as a mechanic with the textile machinery manufacturer Union when he was 14 years old. In 1930, he began working for Bleyle, where he became the deputy manager, before moving to Mann+Hummel in Ludwigsburg in 1941. In the same year, on 1 November 1941, he and his brother founded their own workshop. His primary focus was to grow the young company.
Rudolf Dürrstein (*1936) completed training as a mechanic and a degree in mechanical engineering in Esslingen before being taken on by IBM as a qualified engineer. In 1963, he was asked by his father-in-law, Karl Dürr, to join Gechinger Motoren Dürr – now Dürr Optronik – as a manager. He was appointed managing director of Dürr Dental GmbH & Co KG in 1970. On 31 December 2003, Rudolf Dürrstein stepped down from his position as managing director of Dürr Dental and handed over responsibility to his son, Martin Dürrstein. Rudolf Dürrstein managed Dürr Optronik until early 2006 when he handed the company over to his son, Peter Dürrstein.
Walter Dürr (*1939) began working for the company in 1963, after graduating as an engineer, at his father Wilhelm's request. Alongside working at Dürr Dental, in 1965 he founded the company Orochemie together with Ludwig Pflug. In 1970, he became managing director of Dürr Dental GmbH & Co KG. He was also the first Chairman of the Board at the VDDI (Association of German Dental Manufacturers) for a number of years. He was the first Chairman of the Supervisory Board for Dürr Dental AG from 2008 to June 2012.
- DÜRR DENTAL AG, Bietigheim-Bissingen
- Dürr Optronik GmbH & Co. KG, Gechingen/Calw
- Orochemie GmbH & Co. KG, Kornwestheim
- Air Techniques Inc., Melville/New York
- DÜRR DENTAL GLOBAL GmbH, Bietigheim-Bissingen
- Dürr NDT GmbH & Co. KG, Bietigheim-Bissingen
of the annual turnover is invested in research and development.
In 1941 Brothers Karl and Wilhelm Dürr from Gechingen near Calw founded a precision workshop in Stuttgart-Feuerbach.
In 1949, the company was registered as a general partnership – K. u. W. Dürr Dental-Fabrikation.
In 1970, the company became Dürr Dental GmbH & Co. KG. In 2008, its legal form changed to become a public limited company.
Reichsmark valid up to 1948.
Deutsche Mark valid from 1948 to 2001.
Introduction of euro notes and coins from 1 January 2002.
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Dürr Dental is committed to its home town of Bietigheim-Bissingen and sponsors the following local sports associations, for example:
Dürr Dental has supported the Steelers for a number of years now. The ice hockey team from Bietigheim-Bissingen was founded in 1981.
SG BBM Bietigheim
By sponsoring SG BBM, Dürr Dental is promoting the German professional handball league and the next generation of players. Dürr Dental also offers training positions to professionals: This is how Julia Behnke (left) and Linda Mack (centre), for example, came to complete an apprenticeship as an industrial business management assistant.