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50 years of Dugar + Schuster (1994)

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50 years of Dugar + Schuster

1974 – 2024

The year is 1994


Michael Schuhmacher becomes the first German driver to become F1 world champion with Benetton.

Former world champion Ayrton Senna dies at the F1 race in San Marino.

The Eurotunnel between France and Great Britain opens. Deutsche Bahn AG is founded.

Sony launches the first Playstation.

Richard von Weizsäcker and Roman Herzog are Federal Presidents.

Netscape presents the first Internet browser.

Excite is the first internet portal.

The space shuttle Discovery takes off for the first time with a Russian cosmonaut on board.

The construction of the Transrapid test track in northern Germany is decided.

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin.

The film “Pulp Fiction” by Quentin Tarantino receives the Palme d’Or, and the film “Schindler’s List” by Steven Spielberg receives 7 Oscars.

cover-photo: Eurofighter. Av Javier Dieguez. CC BY NC 2.0

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Our success story continues

We place the first major order for 9 IMT model W20-T4 lathes with Otto Fuchs Metallwerke, Meinerzhagen.

Machine sales for IMT in China are actively supported by D+S; this market has great potential.

Additional orders may be generated by Fundo in Norway.

Austria Aluguss in Ranshofen/Austria is taken over by the Borbet Group.

As representatives of IMT, we can place a large order for W 20-T4 lathes for the new factory in Ranshofen (with a considerable increase in capacity).

We broker a Nagare production line for VW Golf brake calipers and the carrier to the Lucas company, formerly Girling, in Koblenz.

50 years of Dugar + Schuster (1990)

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50 years of Dugar + Schuster

1974 – 2024

The year is 1990


The unconditional release of Nelson Mandela marks the beginning of the end of apartheid.

The two adventurers Arved Fuchs and Reinhold Messner end their Antarctic crossing of the South Pole by reaching Scott Base after 92 days and 2,800 kilometers on foot.

Mikhail Gorbachev is elected President of the USSR. Second Gulf War: Iraqi troops invade Kuwait.

The East Berlin People’s Chamber votes for the GDR to join the Federal Republic of Germany.

On the way to the reunification of the two German states, the unification treaty is signed in Berlin.

With the accession of the areas of the GDR including East Berlin to the scope of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany, the reunification of the two German states is completed.

In the 1990 federal election, the first all-German election, Helmut Kohl’s government was confirmed in office.

The Hubble Space Telescope is launched into orbit by the Space Shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-31 mission.

Thanks to a penalty kick converted by Andreas Brehme against Argentina, the DFB team won the final of the 14th World Cup 1-0 and became world champions for the third time.

Cover-Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1990-1003-400 / Grimm, Peer / CC-BY-SA 3.0 on Wikimedia Commons

International success

The market for light alloy wheels shows continuous growth rates. Dugar + Schuster is expanding the sales of IMT machines to China together with IMT and in collaboration with well-known manufacturers of casting machines, heat treatment systems and painting systems.

The company we represent, CIMAT Turin, becomes a valued supplier to VW with special grinding machines for CV joint cages.

The well-known aluminum wheel manufacturer Borbet becomes an important customer of IMT.

We have acquired Hydro Fundo, Hoyanger/Norway as a new customer for IMT.

All alloy wheel producers in Europe are continually investing.

Sales of Nuova-OMEC’s ​​eccentric presses for radiator producers are constantly increasing.

50 years of Dugar + Schuster (1986)

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50 years of Dugar + Schuster

1974 – 2024

The year is 1986


The space shuttle “Challenger” breaks apart after launch, all 7 astronauts die in the tragic accident.

Mikhail Gorbachev begins his political change in Russia with the “Glasnost” and “Perestroika” programs, which ultimately lead to the end of the Soviet Union.

In Chernobyl, incorrect operation of the control system of a nuclear power plant led to a reactor meltdown; the physical consequences have lasted longer to this day than the energy policy effects in Western Europe.

Portugal and Spain join the European Community.

In Germany, parental leave and childcare allowance are introduced.

Mitsubishi is experimenting with an on-board computer to provide information about vehicle conditions.

The Ford Scorpio is voted Car of the Year in Germany, the Opel Omega is announced as the modern successor to the Opel Rekord.

Our favorite, however, is the start of production of the BMW M3 in its original version, today a sought-after youngtimer. (Picture)

The Paris Dakar Rally was won in the passenger car sector by Porsche with the modified 959 in a one-two victory.

Meanwhile, the founder and organizer of the rally, Thierry Sabine, dies with his companions in a helicopter crash in Mali.

Right photo: BMW M3
Photo by T.Vogt on Wikimedia Commons

Cover photo: Space Shuttle Atlantis
Photo by Daderot on Wikimedia Commons

New customers – new orders

The sale of IMT’s rim lathes is getting off to a good start, old TVA customers have been won and new customers such as Kolbenschmidt and Intra are also being added.

The first vertical lathe for soft turning of large slewing bearings can be sold to Steyr, Austria.

The sale of eccentric presses from Nuova Omec to the radiator industry is going well and new orders can be continuously generated here.

The CIMAT company from Turin, a manufacturer of special grinding machines – also for the automotive industry, will be an important representative.

Horst Schuster is able to convince VW of the quality and efficiency of these machines to such an extent that some of the machines were delivered to Wolfsburg over a period of several years.

A further mainstay is the representation of the MANDELLI company for large machining centers.

Left photo: City of Turin
Photo by M.&T.Hinnosaar on Wikimedia Commons

50 years of Dugar + Schuster (1982)

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50 years of Dugar + Schuster

1974 – 2024

The year is 1982

Argentine troops occupy the Falkland Islands. This is the beginning of the Falklands War.

Helmut Kohl (CDU) is elected as the new head of government after a vote of no confidence against Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (SPD).

The first German test-tube baby is born in Erlangen.

Audi presents the aerodynamic “world champion” Audi 100 with a drag coefficient of just 0.30.

Walter Röhrl wins the 50th Monte Carlo Rally in Monaco with an Opel Ascona 400.

Niki Lauda is celebrating his Formula 1 comeback after a three-year break.

Michael Jackson’s successful album Thriller is released, which over the years becomes the best-selling album in the world.

The first Commodore 64 comes onto the market.

Student Scott E. Fahlman suggests using the three ASCII character string 🙂 for email jokes. The first smiley (emoticon) will soon spread across Arpanet. The Internet doesn’t exist yet.

Move to Langenfeld

In the meantime, Mr. Janos Dugar had left the company for reasons of age, but his name remains in the company name to this day.

This also made it possible to move to Horst Schuster’s hometown of Langenfeld in the Rhineland, which reduced the daily commute to the office from 50 to 5 km.

The TVA company’s representation for the rim machines was no longer viable because the stability of the TVA company was at risk despite good sales.

CNC technology had recently found its way into machine tool construction, which reduced set-up times and enabled flexible use of the machines while improving precision.

During this pioneering period of CNC technology, TVA had too much faith in it. In theory, the double-spindle machine of the “Polyp” model could be used to finish machining two wheels in record time.

In practice, this lathe had 7 cross slides, which required a 14-axis NC control – this did not exist. TVA therefore used a SEPA robot controller. This turned out to be very problematic. The machines delivered to well-known customers were the subject of legal disputes and marked the end of the TVA.

The crisis at TVA was the reason why TVA’s executives and Horst Schuster thought about preparing for the future without TVA. These considerations ultimately led to the founding of the company IMT Intermato S.p.A. in 1983, in which Horst Schuster, together with Francesco Chinaglia, played a key role as later president.

Cover photo Ascona 400:
Photo by M.Rejha at Wikimedia Commons

50 years of Dugar + Schuster (1978)

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50 years of Dugar + Schuster

1974 – 2024

The year is 1978

After 2 weeks of negotiations, the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel is signed in Camp David; the Arab world is critical of this.

1978 is the year of the 3 popes, Karol Wojtyla is the first Pole to be elected the new pope and retains the chair in the Vatican for several decades.

The VW Golf comes onto the market and the Parker company invents the ballpoint pen with a push mechanism.

In Bavaria, Franz-Josef Strauss was elected Prime Minister with an absolute majority; he, too, will retain this office for a long time and shape the political landscape in Germany.

Germany becomes handball world champion and 1. FC Cologne becomes German football champion.

After more than 10 years of abstinence, Mike Hailwood wins the legendary motorcycle race on the Isle of Man with DUCATI.

BMW starts small series production of the M1 sports car.

Dugar + Schuster sells the first heavy-duty lathes from TACCHI from Italy – a tradition that continues today.

The aluminum wheel or commonly called the “aluminum rim” is not only used for sports purposes but also for sporty drivers – manufactured by established companies such as Otto Fuchs Metallwerke, Kolbenschmidt or Mannesmann Kronprinz.

But aluminum wheels were also brought onto the market by racing-enthusiastic entrepreneurs with the companies ATS, BBS, Borbet, Campagnolo, Cromodora, OZ, Rial, Ronal and Speedline.

Image: BMW M1 with it’s original Campagnolo wheels

A new market

Dugar + Schuster is entering this growth market as a pioneer by selling the copy-controlled vertical lathes from TVA from Italy, which are specially designed for the aluminum wheel product. (The photo, however, shows a more modern CNC controlled machine with a pallet changing system from the same manufacturer)

With these machines the success story of Dugar + Schuster began in the hotly contested market for aluminum rim production.

The series production of aluminum wheels with a high machining volume has always had to be carried out as effectively as possible, which is why TVA lathes with up to 3 carbide tools working at the same time came in handy.

The vertical spindle also made inserting and removing the wheels by hand much more ergonomic than the competition with a horizontal spindle.

50 years of Dugar + Schuster (1974)

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50 years of Dugar + Schuster

1974 – 2024

The year is 1974

Janos Dugar and Horst Schuster founded Dugar + Schuster GmbH & Co. KG in Essen to trade machine tools and components.

Germany is the soccer world champion and Helmut Schmidt is Chancellor.

The VW Golf comes onto the market and the Parker company invents the ballpoint pen with a push mechanism.

The Swedish pop band ABBA is starting its career and the global economy is still suffering from the consequences of the 1973 oil crisis.


Mechanical engineering was still analogue!

Production machines were controlled by hand or with cams.

Telephone calls to foreign countries were sometimes still made via an operator, the telephone had a rotary dial and information was transmitted by post.

The letters were typed on a carbon copy typewriter and delivered to the mailbox on the next corner.

The many kilometers by car were mastered without a navigation system and ABS, you were allowed to smoke everywhere and after you had a beer after work you drove home carefully.