Our story

1946 Domel grew out of the Niko metalworking cooperative, which was established by 16 brave local people on 27 April 1946. The cooperative acquired its name from the first cooperative member and driving force in its founding, Niko Žumer. With some machines taken from a craft workshop and made operational, the cooperative started up the production of recording device mechanisms. The volume of work rapidly increased, and the number of employees grew. By the end of the first year there were already 59 cooperative members. The increase in numbers gave rise to an expansion of the product lines, which spread from office materials to laboratory apparatus.
1953 The first electric motor was produced. There was an increasing shift towards series production.
1954 Social ownership was introduced to the cooperative, which now had 246 workers.
1958 The first electric motor was exported. In that same year a new production and commercial building was constructed for electric motors. Electric motors became the primary focus of the company's product range.
1962 In 1962 the cooperative joined Iskra, and within that group it retained the electric motor line and successfully developed it. Links started being forged with major global white goods manufacturers.
1974 A decisive factor in determining the product orientation was the development of a vacuum motor for vacuum cleaners, which allowed the company to penetrate the German market. These motors became the core product range.
1987 The company became independent. In 1992 it started operating under the new name of Domel.
1996 Upon completion of the privatisation process, Domel becomes a public limited company.
2006 A subsidiary production company was established in China, whereby Domel d.d. acquired its first production company abroad. The purpose of this company is to manufacture vacuum units for vacuum cleaners in the middle and low price range. Domel d.d. became a leading manufacturer of vacuum cleaner motors in the European market.
2009 Sole ownership of the company was acquired by Domel Holding, d.d., which is owned by employees, former employees and those in retirement.
2010 The merger by acquisition of the company Tehtnica was carried out. Domel became a limited liability company.
2011 Along with ten partners, we established a development centre and carried out the first investments for the development of products and technologies.
2012 The Domel Group reorganises as a more open and transparent organisation.
2013 New family of vacuum motors is introduced with more than 50% efficiency.
2014 As many as 100 million vacuum units are produced.
2017 New production facilities open in Trata, Škofja Loka
2019 A manufacturing company is founded in Serbia.
2021 Development of an energy- and material-efficient vacuum motor.
2022 We have exceeded sales of EUR 200 million and employ more than 1,500 people.