Company History


Founding of "Deutsche Schuhmaschinen & C0. U. E. Ludwig KG" under the brand name "DESCO". Company purpose: Manufacturing of machinery for shoe production.


Brand changes to "DESMA". Development of the Direct Soling Process by means of vulcanization-presses and moulds.

History 1946-1953


First Direct Soling Machine raised for pasty PVC and a little later for granules.


Development of further processes in the fields of Rubber Injection and Foaming Technology.

History 1959-1960


DESMA becomes market leader in shoe machinery and moulds, especially due to the advanced PU-PVC technologies.


Incorporation of DESMA in the Klöckner-Ferromatik-Group.


Klöckner-Ferromatik-DESMA-Group advances to be the worldwide leader in injection moulding machinery sales.

History 1970-1981


After re-organization of the Klöckner Group, DESMA becomes an independent member, consisting of both firms KLÖCKNER DESMA Shoe Machinery located in Achim and KLÖCKNER DESMA Elastomere Technologies based in Fridingen.


KLÖCKNER DESMA Shoe Machinery makes big investments in designing technologies and in the mould shop. Advanced machine control concepts as well as new processes for shoe and sole production are developed.

DESMA celebrates its 50th anniversary.

History 1993-1996


DESMA has confidently started the new millenium, with one of our best-ever years behind us. We look forward to building on our excellent foundations in the years to come.


Based in Guangzhou, a WFOE – Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise –DESMA China gets down to work in 2003. Specialising in the rapid supply of spare parts and provision of technical service, DESMA China is grounded in tradition and looking forward to meeting the challenges of the future.

History 2003
History 2006


A time to celebrate – and for once, relax! DESMA customers, suppliers, employees and their families take the chance to reflect on 60 years of innovation and service to the footwear industry.

Since 2007

Since 2007, DESMA has belonged to the Salzgitter Group.



Full Speed ahead into the future! At 70 years, DESMA looks back on decades of exceptional progress, and forwards to meeting new challenges in the years to come. We are helping our partners in the footwear industry realise the factories of the future, today.

Desma 70 years


In June 2020, a new "Factory of the Future" building was completed on the DESMA premises. The production complex covers 12,000 square meters with three bays and a three-storey office building with 4,500 square meters.

Fabrik der Zukunft 2020


DESMA turns 75!

Dedicated to the shoe industry for 75 years.