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As pioneers für lacquers and corrosion protection Dr. Carl Dörken and Ewald Dörken established their own company more than 120 years ago. Since then Dörken Coatings has developed consequently to one of the leading corrosion experts worldwide. This great tradition is also our aspiration for the future.

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Dr. Carl Dörken and Ewald Dörken found Ewald Dörken OHG to produce paints, lacquers and anti-rust paints.


Dr. Carl Dörken develops a process for cooking wood oil. The result is a paint containing wood oil, which under the brand name Eburit will become the leading paint material for the next seven decades.


As the production of consumer and industrial goods increases, so does the demand for paints to protect surfaces, such as protection against corrosion.


The manufacture and sale of a micro-layer corrosion protection system begins under the name DELTA-MKS, which quickly gains a significant position in the market. Initially used for springs, spring band clamps and stamped-bent parts, the high-performance, heavy-metal-free surface protection received its first approval from VW in 1983. Today, the base and top coats are globally certified, proven and absolutely indispensable in the automotive sector.


Dörken MKS-Systeme is also expanding its success worldwide with the introduction of the DELTA-PROTEKT® series. There is an increasing demand for chromium(VI)-free solutions and so the coatings that were chromium(VI)-free from the start are clearly becoming established, especially in the screw sector, and are finding a high degree of acceptance in various industries.


The formation of a holding structure creates Dörken MKS-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG as one of Dörken AG's four operating business units.


The EU Directive 2000/ 53/EC ("End-of-Life Vehicle Directive") officially comes into force and prohibits coatings containing chromium(VI) in the passenger car sector. The success and market position of MKS Systems have made a decisive contribution to the development of the company. New sites in China, Korea and the USA have been opened and made it a "global player" - but development and production is still done at Herdecke.


Dörken MKS expands its portfolio with the acquisition of LP-Oberflächentechnik GmbH from Schalksmühle in addition to zinc flake systems and now also offers electroplating as an area of expertise.


The new DELTA-PROZINC® electroplating system not only consists of pure galvanic product combinations, but also offers a holistic approach.


The innovative DELTA-eLACK® system - a combination of cathodically protective substrate and the DELTA-eLACK® 800 cathodic dip painting topcoat - and coil coating further enhance Dörken MKS-Systeme's portfolio.


A total of 30 years of experience and cutting-edge technology have turned Dörken MKS systems into corrosion experts. They offer solutions that are tailored to the individual needs of customers. THE CORROSION COLLEGE is also launched - a platform for knowledge transfer and mutual exchange.