29/03/2024 – Business

Market leader invests in capacity expansion

Due to increased demand from newly developed markets, the Dorstener Drahtwerke Group is investing heavily in the USA and in its headquarters in the German Ruhr region.


Since 2022, Dorstener Drahtwerke Group is investing in equipping the new hall at the Dorsten site (left below) with state-of-the-art machinery to supply future demands. © Dorstener Drahtwerke


For decades, almost 70% of production capacity at the Dorstener Drahtwerke site was caused by the graphic arts industry, but digitalisation and the associated changes in reading habits have caused this volume to shrink significantly in recent years. It has been replaced by various new applications that are more future-proof, e.g. the production of high carbon brush wires, (dental) medical wires or technical wires for use in hydrogen electrolysis.

The Dorstener Drahtwerke Group has been pushing ahead with the modernisation of the Dorsten site since 2022 in order to prepare for the continued growth in demand for products with a high degree of specialisation in terms of materials, mechanical properties and surface quality.

Moreover, the go-ahead has been given for the expansion of the US plant in York, PA, in 2023. In addition to the purchase of a bell annealer including a hydrogen option, investments will be made in York in machinery for coating with copper, nickel, zinc and tin. Wet and dry drawing capacities have also been and are currently being expanded.

Thanks to these measures, the family-owned company, which is firmly rooted in the region and runs various production and sales companies worldwide, believes it is also well positioned for the long term: "We are certain that, following the reorganisation of wire production at the two sites, we will not only be able to respond more flexibly and efficiently to customer requirements, but will also be more robust in the event of regional fluctuations in demand. The more favourable business and investment climate also speaks in favour of the US market," said Volker Tüshaus, Managing Director of Dorstener Drahtwerke, explaining the strategic intentions behind the extensive investments, which are due to be completed in 2024.

wire 2024, Halle 11 Stand G 26

Dorstener Drahtwerke H. W. Brune+Co. GmbH

Marler Straße 109, 46282 Dorsten

Tel.: +49 2362 2099-0