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“Where previously we worked on projects with an average value of around five to ten million EUR, we are now landing major contracts worth double that,” says Managing Director Daniel Rauh. “This results in a steadily growing list of prestigious references.”

These include the Airport Center and Terminal 2 buildings at Munich Airport, the Silver Tower in Frankfurt, Vodafone’s striking campus in Düsseldorf and the equally iconic HVB Tower in Munich. This last project was completed in 2015 and involved a complete thermal refurbishment of the facade to redesign it into a ‘green building’.

“Preserving the optical character despite the redesign of the façade elements was a great challenge that Dobler Metallbau was happy to take up,” says Mr. Rauh. This is where Dobler Metallbau excels.

It has been innovating façade solutions for decades and has a number of patented systems to its name. “We have our own fitting solutions and profiles which set us apart from others,” says Mr. Rauh. “We work closely together with architects to turn their vision into reality as faithfully as possible.”

Dobler Metallbau boasts wideranging technical expertise and a vastly experienced workforce. It takes on apprentices in various positions to ensure that it preserves this knowledge in-house. “Unemployment is minimal in this region, and we have to compete with a number of big employers for the best talents,” says Mr. Rauh. “We provide opportunities for motivated young people in all areas of the business, from the factory floor to the company management.”

In-house testing facilities at the production site in Deggendorf ensure that Dobler’s curtain walls and building envelopes comply with the relevant national and international building standards before they leave the premises. The testing facility is one of the largest in Europe, allowing Dobler to test even the largest façade elements with ease.

Dobler Metallbau was founded through a management buyout of Götz Metallbau GmbH in Deggendorf in 1982. A second production site was acquired in the Czech Republic in 2004, and the company also operates sales offices in Switzerland and the UK.

Harald Dobler continues to play an active role in the company, assuming the responsibility for sales in the German market, among other duties. Mr. Rauh, on the other hand, looks after sales in the UK and other international markets.

“Our current focus is on stabilizing our foreign activities at a current rate of roughly 30%,” says Mr. Rauh. “We have two high-profile projects under way in the UK, but the fallout from the Brexit vote has thrown up a lot of uncertainty about the future in what is an important market for us.”

This is why Dobler has strengthened its presence in England and will continue to maintain its presence there. The uncertainty caused by Brexit has put some projects on hold and is causing Dobler to look more at other countries in Europe where it can be more certain of the future.

“We work on new building projects and building refurbishments in a variety of different sectors including hotels, hospitals, airports, offices, commercial premises, vertical living projects and universities, amongst others,” says Mr. Rauh. “We generate a lot of new business from word of mouth recommendations and our association with prestigious projects. Each big project we work on successfully has a snowball effect and helps us to land the next big project.”

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