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  • 29.05.2020


    Leifeld Metal Spinning joins Nihon Spindle Manufacturing Group.

    2020-05-29

    With effect from May 29th, 2020, Nihon Spindle Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has acquired all the shares of Leifeld Metal Spinning AG. The previous owner is the investor Dr. Georg Kofler. He had been in talks about a possible acquisition with Nihon Spindle, a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo Heavy Industries Group, since the beginning of last year. The closing has now taken place, after both parties signed the share purchase agreement in October 2019. This strategic integration will strengthen the international competitiveness of both companies, which optimally complement each other with their technologies and market coverage. The brands and company locations will remain unaffected.

    Nihon Spindle Manufacturing was founded in 1918 and has its roots in the manufacturing of spindles for the textile industry. Today, the company is known as one of the leading spinning and flow forming machine manufacturers worldwide. The main business areas of the company are industrial machinery, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), as well as environmental technology. “There is no better partner for us than Nihon Spindle Manufacturing,” explains Oliver Reimann, CEO of Leifeld Metal Spinning AG. “I am convinced that this is the right way to lead Nihon Spindle and Leifeld to further growth. Our customers and our employees will both benefit from this collaboration. We are very pleased to combine the strengths of both companies in order to be able to keep on offering our customers new and innovative solutions in the future, and thus clear added value.”

    Leifeld Metal Spinning develops and manufactures machine tools for non-cutting, chipless metal forming, and is active worldwide in the automotive industry, aerospace technology, the energy industry, as well as in various consumer and industrial goods sectors. “With Leifeld, we gain an experienced partner with valuable know-how and an exemplary corporate culture. Leifeld’s long tradition provides a stable foundation and a high level of innovative strength, which we now want to reinforce and expand together,” emphasizes Hiroshi Arito, President of Nihon Spindle Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

    Dr. Kofler was the owner and shareholder of Leifeld Metal Spinning AG for twelve years and would like to focus on the media industry once again: “I look back on an instructive time and a particularly successful investment with great affection,” he explains. “My major thanks and respect go to the employees of Leifeld Metal Spinning, who have built up the company’s global technological leadership with their expertise and passionate commitment. I am happy to put Leifeld into competent hands and could not imagine a better partner for the company than Nihon Spindle Manufacturing.”

  • 21.03.2020


    COVID-19 continues to spread. We keep our business running.

    2020-03-20

    As concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak intensify, Leifeld’s priority continues to be the health and safety of our associates and their families. We remain committed to providing the highest level of customer service and support during this challenging time and are doing everything we can to prevent interruptions to the normal course of business.

    We will continue to share business-related updates with our associates and customers as quickly as possible. As always, our team is available to answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to carefully follow the recommendations and guidelines of the official authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and take actions necessary to keep our employees and customers safe while providing the products and services you need. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

  • 19.12.2019


    Hope for children

    2019-12-20

    We wish you a blessed Christmas with your loved ones and also a good start into a healthy, happy and successful year 2020! We would like to thank you for a trustful cooperation and are looking forward to further joint projects with you in the new year.

    For many people, Christmas is a time of great hope. Leifeld would like to give hope this year by giving children and young adults the chance to get a fair school education and support. The association „keiner geht verloren e.V.“, which was founded in Ahlen 2008 by Bernhard Recker, is very pleased with this idea. By renouncing Christmas cards and presents for our customers and business partners, Leifeld will donate the amount to the association. The goal of the association is to build up a constant and stable relationship by its long-term care conception.. Students are supported from the 8th grade before they graduate. It is very important for the association to individually assist the young adults and, thus, its support is beyond school and job. The main focus  is on building relationships and on strengthening the personality of the young adults who like to spend their time with their caretakers after school.

    Mr. Recker very much appreciates the generous donation and describes that, with this donation, they will support children and young adults who need assistance. They will give those the chance to get a qualified school-leaving graduation. The work of our association begins where the school system no longer works. Mr. Reimann adds that every cent reaches the children and young adults hundred percent. We are pleased if we can help. In all of this, regional focus is very important for us.

  • 14.08.2019


    Mayor of Ahlen visited Leifeld’s new production site

    2019-07-25

    Mayor Dr. Alexander Berger visited the new production site of Leifeld Metal Spinning AG at Vatheuershof and had a look behind the scenes of the Ahlener world market leader. Leifeld’s know-how is requested when it comes to the stars among others.

    Almost 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong was the first person to enter the moon on June 21, 1969. After it has calmed down in the following decades at least in public perception on the subject of space travel, the industry is currently presenting enormous growth figures. According to the Federal Association of the German Aerospace Industry, the annual growth prospects are impressive at around five percent. In addition to the traditional space nations USA and Russia, new players such as China, India, the European Union and private actors have entered the market in recent decades.

    “The spinning machine, which we have currently built, is unique in the world and allows us completely innovative ways of metal forming,” says Leifeld CEO Oliver Reimann. The machines for chipless metal forming produced by Leifeld enable, for example, in the aerospace industry, the production of components for discharge nozzles or booster and turbine parts. In addition to this industry, Leifeld machinery is also used in the automotive or energy sector.

    Also in order to be able to design and build larger machines at the Ahlen site, the world market leader has greatly expanded over the past two years. For example, the new assembly hall with its approx. 3,500 square meters of floor space and 15 meters in height offers the best conditions to continue to innovate. Mayor Berger was impressed: “I am pleased that Leifeld has been loyal to the Ahlen location for almost 130 years and has expanded and concentrated its production capacities.”

    The new hall also offers the in-house loading of road trains, something that was previously not possible at the location on Feldstraße: “The four cranes enable us to easily load large machines,” says Technical Director Benedikt Nillies. And Reimann adds: “With the new hall and the new capacities, we can react even more flexibly to the wishes of our customers, such as driving in or testing large machines under maximum load. At this point, I would also like to thank the city of Ahlen and the local business development agency for their support during the planning and construction phase. “

    Ideal conditions, therefore, to build machines in the future in Ahlen. Leifeld Metal Spinning has produced over 6.250 machines in almost 130 years and delivered them to 60 countries.

  • 03.07.2019


    Success story

    Weihai Creditfan Ventilator Co., Ltd: “Leifeld is our success”

    Weihai Creditfan Ventilator Co., Ltd is a high-tech enterprise specializing in providing solutions for ventilation system and is committed to the design, development, manufacture and sales of high-end fans. The company’s main products and services are supporting the heavy equipment for advanced rail transportation, new energy power equipment, offshore engineering and high-tech ships, cooling towers and air coolers, and refrigeration cold chain.

     

    The technology development department of Weihai Creditfan was identified as Weihai Engineering Technology Research Center and Shandong Enterprise Technology Center. The company is the main supplier for fans of the Chinese Harmony EMU and high-speed rail, which is recognized by the Ministry of Railways. It is also the first enterprise in the Chinese wind turbine industry to pass the GE wind turbine product design certification. The company stands for high reliability, high efficiency, intelligence, low noise and light weight, and has become a leader in the transformation of the wind turbine industry.

     

    In 2017, Weihai Creditfan Ventilator Co., Ltd. purchased a SC 316 spinning machine from Leifeld Metal Spinning AG for the production of fan components. The SC series of spinning machines is seen as the most competitive alternative to mature processes such as deep drawing. Nowadays, the complexity of modern components requires the combination of different processes. On the SC machine from Leifeld a various amount of spinning and machining steps can be flexibly performed in one clamping. This saves process time and costs.

     

    Leifeld delivered the machine to Weihai Creditfan last year. Since commissioning the SC 316 has produced fan components of different sizes, wall thicknesses and geometries. Weihan Creditfan is convinced that spinning machines of Leifeld are the right choice for their company. Mr Oliver Reimann, CEO of Leifeld Metal Spinning AG, visited last year Weihan Creditfan. During the conversation, Mrs Sheng Junling expressed her satisfaction: “The spinning machine SC 316 runs faultlessly, the installation and commissioning was smooth. Whenever I or my team has a question, the Leifeld China-team provides fast and unbureaucratic support. Leifeld is the key to our success.”

  • 01.07.2019


    Training at Leifeld

    The image film about our training is online

    We are happy to finally present our training film. At the BOM 2019, the 2.-3. July 2019, we will present the film to all visitors for the first time. If you cannot wait, you can already watch it on Facebook “Leifeld.Azubi”.

     

    The making of was a lot of fun. For two days, the shooting team accompanied our trainees and our trainers to the production halls, the trainee corner, factory instruction, break rooms and offices. The result is impressive:

     

    “At the beginning we had the challenge of putting the varied offer at Leifeld into one movie. Four min. for English lessons, factory lessons, support programs, trainee projects, the trainee corner, trips, trainers, mentors and more. That was a lot we wanted to show, ” said Jacqueline Müller, training officer at Leifeld Metal Spinning AG. She is satisfied that the film reflects our offer modern and attractive. “We are pleased to show the film to a broad audience and are looking forward to the reactions,” continued Jacqueline Müller.

  • 24.05.2019


    Russian website

    Leifeld launches russian website

    After the Go Live of the chinese website Leifeld Metal Spinning AG now also has a website in Russia. Just in time for Metalloobrabotka, one of the world’s largest and most influential trade fairs for machine tools in Russia, it has been launched. The goal is to provide Russian interested parties with everything they need to know about Leifeld.

     

    In particular, the offer is addressed to manufacturers from the automotive, aerospace, energy and industrial sectors. The website not only presents new machines such as spinning machines and flow-forming machines, but also offers other services such as news or direct contact with the Russian branch in Moscow. Russian companies and other interested parties now have the opportunity to research the machine tools and service of the Leifeld online.

     

    With the Russian website, Leifeld is strengthening its involvement in one of the largest markets in the world. As the world leader in chipless metal forming, the company’s online presence recognizes the importance of the Russian machine tool market. Leifeld’s website is now represented in four languages: german, english, chinese and russian. Learn more: www.leifeldms.com.

  • 18.04.2019


    Chinese website

    Leifeld launches Chinese website

     

    Leifeld Metal Spinning AG also has a website in China now. Just in time for CIMT, one of the world’s largest and most influential trade fairs for machine tools in Asia, it has been launched. The goal is to provide Chinese interested parties with everything they need to know about Leifeld.

     

    In particular, the offer is addressed to manufacturers from the automotive, aerospace, energy and industrial sectors. The website not only presents new machines such as spinning machines and flow-forming machines, but also offers other services such as news or direct contact with the Chinese branch in Shanghai. Chinese companies and other interested parties have the opportunity to research the machine tools and service of Leifeld online.

     

    With the Chinese website, Leifeld is strengthening its involvement in one of the largest markets in the world. As the world leader in chipless metal forming, the company’s online presence recognizes the importance of the Chinese machine tool market. Learn more: www.leifeldms.com

  • 21.01.2019


    Robotic solution for spinning machines

    Leifeld develops robotic solution for the fully automated loading and unloading of spinning machines

    New automated and standardized loading unit can be used flexibly and ensures more efficient production

     

    We are expanding our product portfolio with a standardized robot solution for fully automated feeding and workpiece removal on Leifeld spinning machines. Thus, we are taking another step towards automation and cost efficiency.

     

    With the new concept, manual separation, loading and unloading of machined workpieces by the operator is no longer necessary. Instead, a robot ensures fully automated feeding and workpiece removal without additional labor. The automated loading unit can be flexibly used at any time: in just a short time, it can be docked with a Fort Truck or Pallet Jack via a quick-release system and interface to other Leifeld spinning machines. A special laser safety sensor eliminates the need for protective fences. Thus, the solution developed by Leifeld is not only particularly cost-efficient, but also space-saving.

     

    When dealing with individual challenges, the Leifeld construction team works closely with its customers to develop appropriate solutions. In principle, each loading unit can be adapted to customer-specific requirements. For example, a selection of different rotary indexing table allows the use of different diameters and strengths. Also, a manual loading and unloading of the storage or a fully automated supply and removal by conveyor belt is possible. In addition, different gripper styles ensure flexible use of various part geometries.

     

    Benedikt Nillies, technical director at Leifeld, sees the fully automated loading unit as an innovative solution that can be flexibly adapted to specific customer needs. “With this system, a wide range of end products can be operated on different machine types and with degrees of automation. In addition, the change between manual and fully automated loading is possible at any time and quickly. Our customers can thus produce even more flexibly and faster. “

  • 06.11.2018


    Strength. Trust. Certainty.

    Leifeld with new brand presence

    Since October 23rd, simultaneously with the opening of our most important exhibition EuroBLECH, Leifeld presents itself with a modern and contemporary brand look. The new concept focuses the solutions provider in four core segments which can be operated by Leifeld spinning and flow forming machines: automotive, aerospace, energy and industrial applications. That makes it easier for (potential) clients to find a matching Leifeld machine for their individual manufacturing sector.

     

    „Everything just from one hand“

     

    It took the marketing team altogether 1 ½ years to develop the new concept. “In the beginning there was no such thing as a clearly defined strategic direction. After many conversations, discussions and analyses we determined the company’s strengths and core segments and began to work on the new brand presence”, says marketing leader Dr. Julia Ingwald. The result is quite impressive: Leifeld now presents itself much more customer orientated, interactive as well as more digital. For Leifeld-CEO Oliver Reimann just the right way: “Leifeld is the global market leader in the segment of the non-cutting forming of metal and as well as a partner for its customers. From the idea to the initial operation of a machine and beyond that we are always reliable partners for our customers. Thanks to our future-oriented research and development team we are pioneers in terms of innovations. We design and build precisely fitting solutions for the special needs of our clients and still accompany them after the delivery of their machines with our extraordinary service.”

     

    Focus on visual components

     

    With the new concept customers are attracted by their manufacturing sectors instead of formerly by particular machines or machine series. Therefore, Leifeld decided not to present any machine at its new exhibition appearance. “With the presentation of only one single Leifeld machine we just cover a fraction of our entire portfolio. This is why we represented the four different core segments of our clients through interactive touch terminals and added sample products for the haptic sense. This has the benefit that clients can identify more easily which machine could be a potential solution for their branch of production”, Ingwald explains. In the area of the classical exhibition presentation a novelty that seems quite risky. However, it was worth the effort: “Our exhibition visitors gave us a lot of positive feedback”, sales manager Jacob van Balen says. “Leifeld’s new exhibition booth was very well visited throughout the entire duration of the fair. We welcomed a lot of well known customers and also had the chance to get to know many new potential clients.”



		

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