CMI Durango has a history and experience which goes back to 1939 when the company DYE was founded.
DYE (Duñaiturria and Estancona)
DYE was founded in 1939. In 1948 the company moved to Calle Zeharmendienta, 2 in Durango (Bizkaia), the current facilities of CMI Aeronáutica.
As a machine tool manufacturer, in its early years the company developed different types of machines, such as for example: Boring Machines, Column Drills, Horizontal Lathes, Bridge Brushes and Broaching Machines.
Meanwhile, in 1948 José Estancona built a car for personal use, since at that time there were no cars in Spain. From this emerged an idea that took shape in 1951 when the company created a prototype car and a prototype van to try to take them to mass production. However, after several years of promoting the idea the project could not be realised, due to opposition from other non-national brands that were trying to enter the national market. Pressure on the Administration meant that they finally vetoed the project.