The entrepreneurial spirit of the Spillere family led to the creation of Metalúrgica DS, a reference in the Brazilian automotive aftermarket.
The small foundry, founded in 1979 in Nova Veneza, in the southern region of the state of Santa Catarina, started a production line to manufacture bearing shells for SN series bearings.
In 1986 the DS brand was created, which was a tribute to Dovílio Spillere, the founder of the company. With the consolidation of DS in the bearing accessories market, the company began diversifying its production line with the production of bearing bushings. It was the creative and innovative spirit of its leaders that led Metalúrgica DS to choose to manufacture these bushings using SAE 1020 steel, a feat that required using technology that was previously unknown in the national market.
This desire to diversify continued and Metalúrgica DS began to develop products for the automotive parts market. In 1987, the first brake discs were introduced and then followed brake drums and wheel hubs.
In 1991, a new foundry was inaugurated, with a cold-cure molding system and two Cubilot furnaces, which offered the company greater competitiveness.
Starting in 1994, Metalúrgica DS began the process of modernizing its machining processes with the acquisition of the first CNC (Computer Numerical Control) lathes. Using this new equipment, the machining processes gained greater productivity and repeatability, which were both determining factors in the evolution of the concept of DS product quality.
With a solid investment in quality management, a number of programs, aimed at structuring the quality assurance system, were implemented. In January of 1999, Metalúrgica DS received ISO 9001:2000 certification, which was issued by the BRTÜV certification organization.
In 2001, a new plant was inaugurated with four thousand square meters of floor space on a plot of twenty thousand square meters and the MDS brand was created, with the objective of expanding and satisfying the demands of the automotive aftermarket.
After the achievement of ISO 9001:2000 certification, MDS continued to improve its quality assurance system. In 2003, Metalúrgica DS was awarded ISO TS 16949:2002 certification, an important step in its recognition as a supplier for the automotive industry.
Currently MDS branded products are recognized among the leading brands in the worldwide automotive aftermarket.
Quality, constant innovation, technology and a highly-qualified team make Metalúrgica DS a company that is prepared to guarantee maximum durability and safety for its customers.