They say necessity is the mother of invention. A saying never more true than with the birth of Dexion, brainchild of 50-year-old Greek-Australian, Demetrius Comino.
Acquisition & Growth
Dexion is a prominent member of Gonvarri Material Handling (GMH), a family of brands which can trace its origins back to 1856.
In 2018, Gonvarri Industries acquired the Constructor Group comprising of Dexion, Constructor and Kasten and Gonvarri Material Handling was formed to become the new group parent.
The group brands include:
Dexion: formed in London UK in 1937 by 50-year-old Greek-Australian, Demetrius Comino. Comino developed the 'Dexion Slotted-Angle' (1947), which introduced the world to adjustable storage and would go on to blaze the trail for Dexion's purpose-built pallet racking and shelving systems. It became part of the Group in 1999.
Kasten: started 1886 by Hjalmar Henrik Kasten who established a metal works company in Helsinki Finland. They manufactured their first shelves in 1951 and today they are market leaders in Finland.
Constructor: Originally founded as Høvik Verk in 1856, a glassworks at Høvik, Norway - part of Christiania Glasmagasinas. Between 1970 - 2000, through mergers and aquisitions of Høvik Stål, Electrolux Constructor, Kasten, Krammer & Zeuten, ETH and MTH, it grew to become Scandinavia’s leading company within storage, archive and logistics solutions. The Constructor name was adopted in the late 1980s.
PSS: a UK brand that started as Planned Storage Systems in the 70’s becoming part of the Constructor Group in 2008. Formerly HiLo and Planned Storage Systems Ltd, PSS has almost 40 years of experience manufacturing storage systems, including mezzanine and cantilever systems.
Dexion’s Audacious Beginnings
The Dexion company (from the Ancient Greek meaning 'Right') was originally forged from Comino's hunger for efficiency gains across his printing business. Namely, the need for paper and type storage racks that could quickly and easily be dismantled and reused.
Comino's persistence and tenacity paid off. By 1947 he had developed the 'Dexion Slotted-Angle', a framing material that was, weight-for-weight, stronger than wood, and that could be stored in a fraction of the space needed for wooden timbers.
The first adjustable storage system had arrived, and blazed the trail for Dexion's purpose-built pallet racking and shelving systems.
Dexion quickly became the benchmark for innovation with a number of outstanding milestones:
- 1956 Slotted-Angle used to build Olympic Stadium
- 1957 1st Mobile Pallet Racking installation
- 1963 ‘Dexiongrad’ built to support the Yugoslavia earthquake relief
- 1970 Production of Steel Shelving begins
- 1980 1st Paternoster installed
- 1999 Dexion is acquired by Constructor Group and P90 system launched
- 2000 Hi280 system launched
- 2003 1st Tornado automatic storage installed
- 2011 Cantilever range launched
- 2014 P90+ system launched
It is testament to those early pioneers that these systems are still much in demand today.