DFT is a Bielefeld, Germany based company with around 470+ employees, founded in 1954. The mechanical and electrical engineering company has been part of the Austrian KNAPP AG, based in Graz, since 2010.


The foundation of our success

Customer centricity is the key to our success and sustainability. It strengthens our customers' trust and leads to long-term relationships, which are crucial to our company. Every employee is encouraged to contribute to customer centricity and live the principles of outstanding customer service in their daily actions.

120 +

Brands trust in DFT's technology

340 +

DCs established worldwide

12 +

Years average length of service of all DFT employees

DFT develops, produces and markets its systems from the company's headquarters in Bielefeld.

DFT develops, produces and supplies sortation and sequencing systems for the efficient processing of eCommerce orders and for store supply. DFT’s specialty is overhead conveyor technology in various forms for the apparel and shoe industry, the electronics (wholesale) trade, pharmaceutical wholesalers and eCommerce in general. The AutoPocket™ was recently introduced as an innovation in the field of pocket sorters. DFT is active worldwide, with the main markets currently being Northern, Western and Central Europe. Since 2021, groundbreaking sales successes have been achieved in the USA in close cooperation with the parent company KNAPP.

Knapp AG, based in Hart near Graz, is an Austrian manufacturer and integrator of intralogistics solutions and systems in the area of ​​warehouse logistics and warehouse automation. Its services include conception and development, implementation as general contractor and follow-up support. The company has 40 locations worldwide. In 2010, Dürkopp Fördertechnik GmbH (DFT) in Bielefeld, Germany, has been acquired and integrated.


DFT develops, produces and markets its systems from the company’s headquarters in Bielefeld. A total of 470+ employees work here on the innovations, which are delivered tailor-made all over the world.

DFT facts & figures

Headquarters Bielefeld, Germany
Employees More than 470 specialists located in Bielefeld, Germany
Systems More than 300 DCs estalished worldwide
Production space 25,000 sqm
Main industries Apparel and Shoes, General Retail, (Consumer) Electronics, Pharmaceutical Wholesale

DFT premises in Bielefeld, Germany