Dremel Europe

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Dremel Europe
FounderAlbert J. Dremel
HeadquartersBreda, Netherlands
Area served
Europe, Middle East & Africa

Dremel Europe is a manufacturer of power tools, accessories and attachments focusing on home improvement and hobby applications. Founded in 1932, Dremel produces rotary tools such as the Dremel 3000, 4000 and 8200. Dremel later expanded its product range and now produces butane tools, benchtop and hand-held saws and oscillating tools.[1]


Founded by the American inventor Albert J. Dremel in 1932, the company is located in Racine, Wisconsin, US. Albert J. Dremel held 55 patents across a wide range of inventions,[2] including an electric eraser, electric fish scaler, electric shoe polisher, electric screwdriver, power sanders, scroll saws, a device to monitor chicken's egg production, and first design of the now standard walk-behind rotary lawn mower. His first product released within the company was an electric razor-blade sharpener, which lost popularity when cheap disposable razors became available. Dremel then developed the high speed lightweight rotary tool, later named the Dremel Multitool, for which the company continues to be known. This invention was successful in the hobby and craft market.

In 1948, Dremel gave his employees a 3% year-end share of profits, at the time seen as a radical idea. Dremel died on 18 July 1968 at the age of 81.

People found many ways to use the rotary tools. In the 1940s the Defense Department reportedly used Dremel rotary tools in developing the first atomic bomb.[3] Military doctors used the tools in dermal abrasion techniques to reduce scar tissue from battle wounds. Dremel tools are also used in tattooing. It is also used by podorthists for use on shoe inserts, and dentists use them for crafting dentures.

Dremel said in 2013 that there were more than 17 million of their rotary tools in use.[4]


  • 1932 – Albert J. Dremel founded the Dremel company.[5] Awarded 55 patents; electric erasers, pusher lawn mower and first razor blade sharpener.
  • 1935 – Introduction of first handheld high-speed rotary tool, called the Moto-Tool.
  • 1957 – The Dremel Moto-Saw was developed.
  • 1964 – Introduction of the Dremel Electric Engraver.
  • 1973 – Introduction of compact table saw and multi-use disc/belt sander. Dremel Manufacturing Company was acquired by Emerson Electric
  • 1993 – The Dremel brand is purchased by Robert Bosch Tool Corporation.
  • 2003 – Dremel introduces the lithium-ion battery for power tools. New tool creation of the Dremel 10.8 Volt Lithium-Ion.


Dremel EMEA's main headquarters is in Breda, Netherlands. Operating in over 36 countries throughout Europe, Dremel holds over 80% of the overall market for rotary tools. Dremel Europe work in partnership with Dremel US, whose main offices are located in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.

Rotary tools[edit]

The company currently produces six rotary tools, three corded and three cordless. Over its history, Dremel has created over 30 different designs and models, mainly for home improvement and hobby use. Dremel rotary tools are suitable for carving, engraving, routing, grinding, sharpening, cleaning, polishing, cutting and sanding. Many different accessories and attachments are also produced. Dremel Multitools work by using speed instead of torque. Different tools products range in speed from 3,000 to 37,000 RPM.

Non-rotary tools[edit]

Dremel Europe also produce other power tools for home improvement and hobby applications, including glue guns, scroll saws and butane tools, with accessories and attachments. Dremel Europe tools are categorised into Compact Tool Systems and Benchtop Tool Systems.


  1. ^ "Dremel - Big on detail". Dremeleurope.com. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  2. ^ "Albert J Dremel Patents". Google Patents. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Dremel Company". Inside Woodworking. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Dremel History". Dremel.com. Dremel.com. Archived from the original on 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  5. ^ "Dremel Tools History". Retrieved 14 November 2013.

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