Facts and Figures
about our Company

The Company in the Course of Time - The Early Years, Initial Development and Growth

1922 Dr. Eugen Duerrwaechter founds DODUCO in Pforzheim as a refinery for Gold, Silver and Platinum. The main customer is the local jewelry industry.

1926 First delivery of colored gold electroplating solutions. Precious metal plating becomes an additional product line.

1930 Dr. Duerrwaechter realizes the increasing demand for precious metals and their alloys for electrical contacts in the electrical industry. Contact manufacturing starts and becomes a major driver for the fast developing company.

1945 The factory is destroyed during the bombing of Pforzheim in February. After the war re-construction starts.

1949 Start-up of the research and development department. Over the years many patents and registered product designs are granted to the company in Germany and foreign countries. The increasing expertise is published in technical and scientific documentations, books and brochures. Initiating the "Technical Consulting Department" and partnership for practical solutions expands and deepens the close relationship with customers. Already in these early days DODUCO becomes a reliable partner in product development.

1957 By significantly expanding its electroplating facilities DODUCO reaches a breakthrough into precious metal surface coating services.

Dynamic Growth and Synergies

1971 The Thurn & Taxis corporate group acquires a majority share of the company.

1975 - 1981 Move into a new and larger facility in the Altgefaell Industrial Area of Pforzheim allows for DODUCO's further expansion in manufacturing.

The 1980s Dynamic expansion and globalization characterize the company's growth. DODUCO becomes a broadly valued business partner for the electrical, electronic and automotive industry.

1996 The US based Technitrol group of companies takes over the traditionally Pforzheim based company. Its daughter company Advanced Metallurgy Inc. (AMI) is merged with DODUCO and operates under the name AMI DODUCO. Utilizing many synergies AMI DODUCO becomes a globally operating leading contact manufacturer with over 85 years of experience in precious metal processing.

Partner with Unique Range of Manufacturing Technologies


2010 In September the investment group Tinicum Partners II and JP Asia Partners become new owners of the company. The commitment of the investors drives the expansion of business in Europe and Asia.
Emphasis is placed on technological market leadership and gaining market share as well as the development of new products and processes. The company name is changed back to DODUCO which is synonym for quality, service and innovation.
DODUCO is not only characterized as a leading contact manufacturer through its uniquely high degree of vertical integration, but also as a solution provider of progressive, highly efficient and environmentally friendly technologies.
DODUCO develops through its R&D activities in partnership with customers technologically advanced contact materials, contact parts, functional components and surface coatings. DODUCO always convinces with highest quality and competency - from design concept to development, through sampling all the way to series production.

DODUCO has the Knowledge and the People for Successful Partnerships