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It all started with a small shop established on February 19, 1919, by Manfred Erhardt for the repair and service of industrial clocks. Albert Leimer joined the company in 1923. In the 1920s and 30s he transformed the company into a key supplier of measuring and control equipment for the local textile industry, which at that time was still a major player in the area.
Since the end of World War II the company has grown extensively and expanded its activities through an intelligent diversification and acquisition process in other sectors such as the paper, printing, tire, foil and film industries.
The company’s key competences today are in automation, visualization and inspection of all processes that occur in any web converting industry. Building services engineering, safety engineering and communications technology as well as specialized engineering solutions for specific customer requests complete the broad portfolio.
Erhardt+Leimer has a staff of 420 at the parent company in Augsburg-Leitershofen, Germany. Approximately 650 people are employed worldwide at the company-owned subsidiaries and service stations established in all major industrialized countries. Erhardt+Leimer is a third-generation, family-owned and family-run enterprise.
In recent years the company was restructured worldwide to focus explicitly on the Business Units Automation, Inspection and Building Technology.
The consistently high R&D rate of approximately 8% of the turnover is impressive evidence of the company’s orientation on the market requirements and general technological progress.
Even though the difficult economic situation worldwide does not go unnoticed, company management is convinced that Erhardt+Leimer is well prepared to meet the challenges of the future. “We are confident,” so they reported, “that our time-tested philosophy, ‘closer to the customer, closer to the market,’ will help us stand our ground even in difficult times. We introduced various measures these recent months to prepare for changing circumstances. The constant professional development of our staff and the training and advancement of young people are taken very seriously. The apprentices account for about 15% of our total staff.”
This summer Erhardt+Leimer will celebrate the 90th anniversary with a family day for the entire staff.