This year, döfix Döhlemann GmbH Germany celebrates its silver anniversary—25 years of providing drapery workrooms around the world with a range of products and special techniques to enhance and ease the fabrication of window treatments.
The company was founded by Günter Döhlemann, a textile chemist
who followed several years of success in Europe by bringing his iron-on
technology to the United States in 1985. Since then, the U.S. corporation
has been known as döfix No Sew, Inc.
Over the past 25 years, the döfix line of products has increased
to more than 220 items. Its customers have expanded to thousands of workrooms
worldwide—both large commercial fabricating companies and home-based
The döfix products fall into five general categories.
• Fabric stiffeners, which can be used to create any shape, including
three-dimensional forms. Fabric covered stiffener can be used to replace
wood in creating lightweight, easy-to-install cornices.
• Shade tapes. These iron-on tapes have woven-in loops making possible
the fabrication of shades without rings, stitch marks or light holes.
• Pleating and header tapes. Each tape product has a particular special
appearance to create custom, one-of-a-kind top treatments, sunbursts and
treatments for odd-shaped windows.
• Production aids. This line of products features among many products,
the company’s popular Bortenfix hemming tape and bendable mounting
• Workroom equipment. The company’s boiler steam irons are recognized
as among the best available to the industry.
Throughout its history, döfix has been known for always researching
and developing new products. Combined with its ability to provide excellent
customer service, it is an important part of the company’s continued
This year döfix Döhlemann GmbH Germany celebrates its 25-year
anniversary. The following is a brief time line of the company’s history:
• 1977—Günter Döhlemann realizes that iron-on
products could be a major improvement in the fabrication of window treatments.
His knowledge is based on working many years as a textile chemist developing
stabilizing stiffeners and interfacings for the apparel industry.
He decides it is time to make his vision come true. He founds döfix
Döhlemann GmbH. Seeing the needs of his customers and listening to
their problems, he starts developing a series of products.
• 1979—By this time Döhlemann already has developed
a wide range of products, which he proudly presents to an excited audience.
The products are sold under the slogan, “Precise, time-saving and sophisticated”
and bring a higher efficiency and new possibilities to the window coverings
industry. Over the years, even some of the most skeptical people turn into
• 1984—As the German fabrication industry just gets used
to a new standard of creativity, the astonishing response at a window coverings
show in Las Vegas, NV, triggers the foundation of the U.S. corporation döfix
No Sew, Inc. in Midland, MI.
Due to the close relationship between customers, the research and development
department and sales representatives, new, innovative products are being
• 1987—The first of the döfix decoration books is
introduced and is an immediate success.
The book, which was specifically created for the window coverings professional,
is a combination of an inspirational design book and comprehensive fabricating
and cutting instructions. Enormous demand leads to books two and three,
created in 1991 and 1995.
• 1988—Döhlemann discovers another gap in the window
coverings market and develops a series of products for the quick and uncomplicated
installation of window treatments. In cooperation with loyal and knowledgeable
partners a new product line was born.
Due to the rapid growth of the company, more production space is needed
and a three-story industrial complex with more than 30,000 square feet is
constructed. With the help of his sons, a line of high-tech injection molders
and extrusion equipment is set up.
To this day, the development and production of the döfix products lay
in the hands of the Döhlemann family and their loyal employees.
• 1995—With space getting tight again, another even larger
building is added. The additional space allows for an increase in production
capacity and is used as a showroom to display the company’s large variety
• 2002—Twenty-five years of success provides the highest
motivation for the future.
Thank you to all of our friends and partners for your loyalty and pleasant