Dallmeier expands production facilities in Germany
They have always had a pioneering spirit as well as the courage to be innovative and break the mould. Now, Regensburg based CCTV/IP specialist Dallmeier are again bucking the trend. While other manufacturers are increasingly outsourcing their production to Asia, Dallmeier continues to trust in Germany as its manufacturing base and even expands its production facilities in Regensburg. Now, the company produces its own high-speed PTZ domes there.
For many years, the company Dallmeier, with its headquarters in Regensburg, Germany, has been building a prestigious international reputation as a manufacturer of products and solutions for video surveillance. In doing so the company has repeatedly given new impulses to the market through unique innovations and unprecedented novelties. The world’s first recording device with digital picture storage released in 1992 is a good example of Dallmeier’s innovative strength.
Dallmeier has developed it’s own formula for success: the company closely tracks the latest developments but refuses to blindly follow trends and is rather always searching for the best solutions for individual requirements; even if doing so means to strive against the stream. Whereas manufacturing facilities seem to be gradually disappearing from Germany completely, due to Asia luring companies away using cheap labour, Dallmeier is doing the exact opposite. Not only keeps the company its production site in Regensburg, Bavaria, but also makes a significant step further and brings even more know-how to Germany. Dallmeier also produces high-speed PTZ domes at its headquarters.
The range of trusted box and dome cameras was expanded by high-speed PTZ domes with Cam_inPIX® technology – manufactured, of course, in Regensburg. Dallmeier thus demonstrates that Germany is by all means an attractive business location.
Germany or Asia?
Obviously, the decision to stay in Germany was based on facts gathered during preliminary enquiries into potential manufacturing sites around the world. “We visited many international production facilities beforehand“, says Dieter Dallmeier. Eventually, the company chose to stay in Germany as its established business location. “We certainly need to invest in our facilities here in order to enable the manufacture of high-speed PTZ domes. However, this is the better way to go in the long run because we can maintain our strict quality requirements, taking the high demands of our customers seriously. The range of potential manufacturing sites across Asia is diverse, whereby the focus there is on cheap labour. As a provider of security technology, our demands naturally have to be much higher. A cost-effective production simply doesn't suffice, the operating processes need to be optimised in order to be able to manufacture high-quality products.”
So it's about the whole approach to manufacturing. Dallmeier does not believe in bulk-buying pre-built products and shipping them to Germany just to be labelled. Unfortunately, all other German CCTV manufacturers have decided to do precisely that. Hence, Dallmeier is now the only CCTV company manufacturing in Germany.
Know-how in Germany
Grundig was the last company to manufacture in Germany, as once did Siemens and Bosch, to name just a few renowned examples. When tube technology was replaced by CCD devices, however, the manufacturing of surveillance cameras disappeared from Germany.
The long-term effect of that development is of course a significant loss of valuable know-how. A good example from the consumer area market for photo optics, which once was a domain of German firms. Meanwhile, Asian economies have profited from the technical know-how and thus taken over the leading role in this market. A similar fate would be in store for the security industry.