08. April 2019 | Technology & Machinery
Erhardt+Leimer celebrates its 100th anniversary
In 1919 Manfred Erhardt founded a workshop that was initially dedicated to the sale and servicing of industrial clocks and signal systems. Six years later, Albert Leimer joined the company; the square in front of the E+L headquarters in the Leitershofen district of Stadtbergen on the western edge of Augsburg is named after him. In 1935 E+L started to develop and manufacture the first precision mechanical units for the local textile industry. In parallel with the upturn in the textile businesses, the company grew and specialized in web guiding units for the automatic guiding of the web in textile machines. Then in 1960, Erhardt+Leimer expanded its area of activity to the paper and film/foil industries; later the printing, packaging, non-woven fabric and tire industries were added. Materials are produced or processed in web form in all these sectors. As early as 1995 the company pioneered digital technology and introduced camera technology into its automation systems as standard, in 2000 the company became involved in inspection technology. Today the Erhardt+Leimer group is a global business with subsidiaries and branch offices all over the world and a broad portfolio in the area of automation, measuring and inspection technology for the production and processing of materials in web form. The innovative power of the company is apparent in the number of patents it holds: by 2018 it held 782 national or international patent applications, patents and utility models.
Family-run by the 3rd generation
At the top of the family-run business along with Hannelore Leimer, daughter of company co-founder Albert Leimer and Chairperson of the Board since 1977, her nephew Dr Michael Proeller is CEO. Today she largely leaves the operative business to the members of the board, however her vast entrepreneurial experience continues to be in demand: "in a family business the transition from one generation to the next is a difficult phase", says Hannelore Leimer. "I see it as my responsibility to be involved constructively in this transition in our business with an orientation on the future. And at the moment the generation change is affecting not only the board but must also occur successively across the entire business. I see it as my task to contribute my many years of experience to this process of renewal and to be actively involved in the realignment."