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50 years of Dugar + Schuster

1999– 2006

What happened from 1999-2006?


June 12, 1999: NATO troops invade Kosovo.

December 1, 1999: Northern Ireland regains its autonomy after 27 years of British rule.

May 1, 2000: The German Horst Köhler becomes director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

June 1, 2000: The EXPO 2000 world exhibition opens in Hanover.

March 16, 2001: The German-language Wikipedia is founded.

September 11, 2001: Terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 in the USA on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the USA claimed around 3,000 lives.

January 1, 2002: The euro is put into circulation as a new currency.

July 21, 2002: Michael Schumacher wins his fifth Formula 1 world championship title.

July 30, 2003: The last VW Beetle rolls off the assembly line at the Volkswagen plant in Puebla (Mexico).

2003: After the death of Maurice Gibb on January 12th, brothers Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb announced that they would never make music under the name Bee Gees again.

February 4, 2004: Mark Zuckerberg starts Facebook as a student at Harvard University as a platform for fellow students to contact each other.

June 21, 2004: SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately built aircraft to reach an altitude of 100 kilometers and thus reach space. Michael Melvill becomes the first civilian astronaut

January 18, 2005: The prototype of the Airbus A380 is presented to media representatives in Toulouse in the presence of prominent political guests.

January 27, 2005: The Berlin soccer referee Robert Hoyzer admits to having manipulated game encounters through decisions in order to enable betting fraud. The 2005 football betting scandal is getting underway.

May 9, 2005: The Bundestag decides to increase the sales tax from 16 to 19% and to increase the insurance tax.

January 24, 2006: The Walt Disney Company announces that it will acquire Pixar Animation Studios for $7.4 billion.

June 23, 2006: The Galapagos giant tortoise Harriet (* approx. 1830), considered one of the oldest known animals in the world, dies in the Australia Zoo in Queensland.

The Nobel Prize in Medicine goes to Andrew Z. Fire and Craig Mello “for their discovery of RNA interference.”


Right Picture: Galapagos giant tortoise
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cover-photo: Galaxy
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Our success story continues

We were able to win one of Europe’s largest wheel manufacturers, RONAL, as a customer for IMT. This means that all aluminum wheel manufacturers in Europe are our customers.

Our historical customer, the Rial company – later renamed Uniwheels – founded its own production plant in Stalowa Wola, Poland, directly opposite ATS. Since the beginning, we have been the supplier of lathes and chip processing as well as industrial washing systems to both wheel manufacturers, which have shown enormous growth at this location.

The ATS company establishes a factory in Auburn, AL, USA, and we are a supplier of IMT lathes.

The Borbet company is expanding with the new factory in Thuringia and strong investments in the existing factories at the headquarters in Hallenberg and also in Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Here too we are a supplier of lathes for IMT.

Sales of vertical lathes began in 2002 primarily with customers from the mechanical engineering sector, but contract manufacturers and the aviation industry were also new customers.

The almost unlimited growth in the mechanical engineering sector is leading to strained supply chains.

In 2000, Dugar + Schuster moved into its own premises in Langenfeld, initially with only 400 m² of hall space and an office building. At the same time, we were able to recruit additional employees for commissioning and service as well as the ever-growing spare parts business.

Left Picture: RNA
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