A tradition made of steel – milestones in our successful history

Today’s Weissenfelser Draht-Ketten-Nagel GmbH – in short: DRAKENA – enjoys a history spanning more than 120 years. It began industrial production of nails in Weissenfels in 1891, trading under the name “Nollesche Werke”. It primarily produced shoe tacks and hobnails for the local shoe industry.

Steady demand quickly led to the expansion of the company’s product portfolio and the production of its own machines, including the world’s first machine for producing metal tacks. The first chains were produced during the period of agricultural modernization at the beginning of the 20th century – with great success as illustrated by the non-welded “Viktor Chains” produced under patent for the world market. Expansion into the South American and Asian markets was the logical result.

After World War II, production restarted as part of a state-owned enterprise. The range of products and services included the production of all types of wires, nails for construction needs and chains, primarily for ships. Today’s DRAKENA GmbH emerged in 1993 with the privatization of the company through a management buy-out (MBO). The company’s high quality and wide range of products continues, supplemented by bespoke products within the individual product groups.

Proficient, reliable, customer-focused – DRAKENA

We are an owner-managed, medium-sized company with competent and motivated employees and modern, high-output machines. Our customers can be found throughout the world. Around 9000 tonnes of processed steel leaves our production facilities every year and our revenues, currently €11 million p. a., are on the rise.

Our production facilities are located on our 38,000 m² site in Weissenfels along with a large warehouse and logistics department that utilize our own IT solutions. We also profit from the good infrastructure in and around Halle/Leipzig.

Product innovation has a long tradition at DRAKENA. Our power of innovation is primarily the result of flat hierarchies which accelerate the decision-making processes.

Comprehensive and tailored consultation and reliable and timely delivery at competitive prices – this is what our customers particularly value. As a flexible, service-oriented company, our customer focus and tailor-made solutions are always our top priority.