The “Dictator”: 90 Years Anniversary

November 3, 2022

    Many doors do not function as the occupants would wish: Either they cause noise by closing with a loud bang or they do not close completely but remain open a crack. The door damper was invented 90 years ago to provide a remedy for these problems. The functional principle has proven itself to this day: The door damper intercepts a slamming door, pulls it into the lock in a damped manner and keeps it securely closed.

    It all began in 1932, when a German and a Dutchman invented a “Hydraulic Shock Absorber and Closer for Doors” and received a patent for it. Its inventors called this product the “Dictator” because it dictates the door to close gently but securely. The company that manufactures and sells them was also named after this product. Even today, door dampers are often still known as “Dictator” in the market.

    Over time, the appearance of the door damper has changed, even though its essential shape and functional principle have remained the same. Today there are many versions and designs to suit different door types and installation situations. This makes it possible to install door dampers on almost any door.

    In the production of DICTATOR door dampers, great importance is attached to the high quality of the raw materials used and the careful design of the manufacturing process to ensure a long service life and exact functioning when damping the door. Thanks to the combination of specialised machinery, automated processes, experienced employees and numerous quality controls, it is ensured that the door dampers can easily withstand well over a million operations.

    Unlike many other products, DICTATOR door dampers are still produced in Europe since their invention. From Emmeloord in the Netherlands, almost 200,000 door dampers set off around the world every year to ensure that doors close gently and quietly everywhere.


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