DICTATOR Española was founded on 1 October 1973 in Barcelona, as a mere DICTATOR sales office. In the beginning they concentrated on selling the DICTATOR lift door checks, because at that time the lift sector in Spain, compared to all the other European countries, was already very large.
During the years the activities of DICTATOR Española in the lift sector developed continuously. Additional products were sold, e.g. lift doors, and they also started offering the engineering for complete lifts.
In 1989 DICTATOR Española moved from the rented office in Barcelona to their first own hall in Barberá del Vallés, northwest of Barcelona.
25 years after having been founded and only 9 years after the move, this location became too small. In 1998 the new hall, designed especially for DICTATOR Española and built in the recently opened up Polígono Industrial Can Salvatella of Barberá del Vallés was inaugurated. This had become necessary, because in the meantime they sold complete Homelifts and also had expanded their activities more and more to the sector of door and gate operators. In 1998 they automated, in cooperation with the other DICTATOR companies, a fire protection door with a width of 61 m. In 1999 this was followed by several other large-scale installations, among others a door with an opening width of 93 m.
In 2002 DICTATOR Española started to produce themselves the lift shaft system which they had developed. Some time later their production also included the DICTATOR Homelift DHM and now also the DHE lift according to the Lift Directive.
DICTATOR Española Today
For more than 40 years we have been part of the DICTATOR group – not without consequences: Bit by bit we adopted the quality standards of our German colleagues, we are big fans of home-baked, German cake, which by now is an indispensable part of the luggage of visitors from Germany – and of German Christmas biscuits. In return we could convince our colleagues of the other DICTATOR companies of our achievements – AND enthuse them for the Spanish culture, a win-win situation for all!
The economic crisis which struck Spain especially hard, also had a positive impact on us: All of us who are DICTATOR Española closed ranks, we stuck together without compromise and thus coped with this crisis as a team due to the personal engagement of every single person. And this last but not least also thanks to our imagination, because we also strive towards inquiries where in the beginning it seems impossible and where in the end we nevertheless manage to find a solution – because we love challenges!
Our Strong Points
In the beginning DICTATOR Española was just a sales office. Back then nobody intended or imagined us to become an important DICTATOR production site. The Spanish market, however, required more and more products and solutions in the lift sector. And we met these requirements. In consequence we started with our own engineering department for lifts. From then it only was a question of time until we started our own production. The great advantage: It was possible to design the products exactly according to the demands of the market, the market segment DICTATOR Española attended to – i.e. high-quality installations which are fitted exactly to also extraordinary spaces in existing buildings. As in all the other DICTATOR companies, special solutions are part of our daily routine. Here in Spain we have the possibility of an additional quality control and thorough check as we ourselves mount part of our intallations.
From the lift sector it was just a small step to the sector of door operators. Also here we focus on special requirements of our clients. The expertise of our engineering department, the open approach when looking for a solution and the know-how of the lift sector soon resulted in special projects which at first were singular in the DICTATOR group and which only could be solved by an intense and close collaboration with the other DICTATOR companies. Here we benefited and still do so of our daily dealing with complex requirements in the lift sector which only can be solved and handled by a very structured proceeding. Our wealth of experience built up over the years allows again and again to find special solutions which can be realized only by combining products of the lift and door operator sector, as e.g. automating a 14 m high lifting gate. Here we employed hydraulic cylinders which normally are used in our lifts.
We, that are at the moment 17 co-workers, have learnt to make much out of little. The most important condition for our success is our willingness to deal with all requirements and problems, never to give in and to use our many ideas for elaborating solutions which would have been impossible for others.
This helped us during the past years to establish our reputation of being a reliable and competent partner, something extremely helpful during the years of crisis in Spain.
The special challenge in production is that all DICTATOR lifts and lift shaft systems are custom-made. Each lift, each shaft system is an individual manufacture. For a successful outcome we had to firmly and effectively organize all processes in order to be able to produce in time and without errors. Therefore, we adapted standad programs to meet our needs which now helps to save a lot of time and also eliminated error sources.
Since 2015 DICTATOR Española owns an ultra-modern laser cutting-off machine with automatic feeding and unloading station which allows to arrange our production in an even more economic and efficient way and above all to consolidate our high quality standards – in spite of the demanding, custom-made fabrication.
Quality is an essential component of daily life at DICTATOR Española:
- When developing our products, because our Homelift DHM and our DHE lift are type examined. With the certification according to EN 1090 for our lift shaft system we are the first Spanish enterprise having got one in this sector. When designing our products we place special emphasis on them being very sturdy and strong, as only this ensures a trouble-free, reliable operation in the long run and that the user can rely on his lift.
- When producing, because our Homelifts DHM, DHE lifts and shaft systems have to meet the most severe safety demands. We want to contribute with our products to a barrier-free life and to make life easier for their users. Therefore, all our lift cabins are first assembled in factory to ensure their stability and the fitting accuracy of cabin and chassis and the corresponding safety components.
- When choosing our providers, because they also have to support our quality policy. We only use components which have proved themselves internationally.
- When organizing our processes, because only this allows on the one hand to work efficiently and on the other that only faultless products leave our production.
- When advising our customers, because we want to provide them with solutions of their problems which will thoroughly satisfy them.
The Production Line of DICTATOR Española
- DICTATOR Homelift DHM 500
- DICTATOR DHE lift
- DICTATOR lift shaft system
….. all custom-made, suitable for – nearly – every requirement