The history of DLW


The Englishman Sir Frederic Walton (1834 - 1924) invents and patents Linoleum. He's the founder of the first Linoleum factory. Up till now, Linoleum is one of the most popular floor coverings.


Three linoleum factories are founded in Delmenhorst: "Hansa", "Schlüssel" and "Anker"


Many renowned architects design linoleum floorings for the linoleum plants in Delmenhorst. The circle and square inlay by Peter Behrens makes the global reputation of linoleum definitive.


Germanys Linoleum factories merge to Deutsche Linoleumwerke - DLW is born. From now on they produce under the same brand, in northern Germany, the Pfalz as well as in southern Germany.


The graphic designer Willi Baumeister (1889 - 1955) from Stuttgart/Germany designes the destinctice Logo of the DLW. It appears like a linoleum cut.


Linoleum becomes the preferred building and design material of the Bauhaus architects under Peter Behrens the artistic consultant at the Anker factory


Vinyl is added to our product range, followed later by designfloor, fibrebonded, sports linoleum, swimming pool and pond linings


With Luxury Vinyl, DLW adds to its product range of top-quality, aesthetically-pleasing products of top-quality design and variety, which are used especially in shopfitting.


DLW AG becomes part of Armstrong World Industries Inc. ,one of the world‘s largest flooring manufacturers


Linoleum celebrates its 150-year jubillee


The Dutch FIELDS Group acquires the floor covering manufacturer, which is steeped in tradition. From then on, it trades as DLW Flooring.


Gerflor SAS takes over the DLW linoleum activities, which are operated now by Gerflor DLW GmbH.

Gerflor in brief

Gerflor is a global leader in the production and distribution of flooring, wallcovering and finishes. With 3.700 employees, 16 manufacturing plants and 5 R&D centres, Gerflor provides its customers withdesign-driven, innovative and environmentally-friendly solutions in more than 100 countries. In 2017, Gerflor has achieved a turnover of 860 M euros, with over 70% of sales in internationalmarkets. This performance is supported by a strong presence in multiple market applications (healthcare, housing, education, sport, transport, retail, industry, offices, public buildings andhospitality) and prestigious brands such as Taraflex®, Mipolam®, Taralay®, Gradus®, Romus®, Connor Sports® and Sportcourt®.