Toronto – Dräger recently held the grand opening celebration of its new office and design center in Mississauga, Ontario. 2014 marks the 125th anniversary of the global medical and safety company based in Lübeck, Germany, as well as the 25th anniversary of Draeger Safety Canada Ltd. Stefan Dräger, Chairman of the Executive Board of Dräger, attended the customer event and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Mr. Dräger is traveling to customer events at international sites throughout the year to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary.
“Dräger’s relationship with Canada goes back at least 100 years,” says Stefan Dräger, the fifth-generation leader of the family-run company. “In our archives, we have a photograph of the Calgary Fire Department in 1914 with Dräger equipment, which shows our long history with Canada. Even today, members of mine rescue teams in Canada are still called Draegermen. We are very proud that our family name is part of this generic term and that we have served Canada for a century.”
The motto “125 years of heartfelt dedication” embodies the essence of what has driven Dräger to develop innovative technology for life for the last 125 years. The company’s rich history was showcased in the traveling exhibit, Dräger Moments, which was part of the customer event. This exhibit takes the viewer on a journey through the history of company innovations by highlighting 15 key moments. One stop on this journey is the Pulmotor in 1907, the world’s first portable emergency ventilator that made it possible to resuscitate people who had lost consciousness due to a lack of oxygen.
“At Dräger, we are committed to continuing our strong relationship with Canada,” says Andrew Hawke, Country Manager of Dräger Canada. “Evidence of this commitment is our new facility in Mississauga. Here we are now able to offer our Canadian customers the use of our new Design Centre where they can gain first-hand experience with Dräger safety and medical equipment and see their solutions come to life.”
Dräger is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. The family-owned company – founded in Lübeck, Germany, in 1889 – is in its fifth generation and has grown to become a global corporation that is listed on the German stock exchange. The company’s guiding philosophy is “Technology for Life”. Whether in the operating room, in intensive care, firefighting or emergency response services, Dräger products protect, support and save lives.