What started as a small, family business in 1962 supplying mechanical components in the village of Foyos, just outside the city of Valencia, has become a state of the art company selling robotic solutions and componentsfor some of the world’s main manufacturing companies, such as Thyssen Krupp, Pilkington’s and Bosch.
From the placid countryside and orange groves around Foyos, Leben Lemar will in October 2013 be presenting their latest technological breakthrough, Robotorn, an exclusive robot for lathes, in the industrial heartland of Hannover, Germany.
From the placid countryside and orange groves around Foyos, Leben Lemar will in September 2013 be presenting its latest technological breakthrough, Robotorn, an exclusive robot for lathes, in the industrial heartland of Hannover, Germany.
While Leben is a trademark, the ‘Le’ in Lemar stands for the name of the founder Vicente Legua.
Lemar began its industrial life making cogs, but as technology moved away from the mechanical towards more developed forms of manufacturing, the company branched out into areas such as software, pioneering its own technology through its own well equipped RD&I department, where four engineers work; Valencian engineers working in Valencia, not in Germany!
In 2010 they launched their first original hi-tech product, the Pallet System Set Up, a device that allows production to continue while components are being replaced, reducing manufacturing costs and increasing productivity while functioning with simplicity.
The system works on milling and drilling machines, as well as robotic stations and coordinate measuring machines.
But the sexiest product from Lemar is undoubtedly Robotorn, looking a bit like the lamp symbol from the Pixal studios, integrating in a single unit the robotic arms, wrist, controllers, electronics, security and safety elements.
It’s easy to install and operate and can be moved around the factory floor with ease, and it comes equipped with training programme, safety kit and optional clamping tools.
Although the company is a regular displayer at international trade fairs such as Hannover and Milan, it exports very little of its product directly, although 90% of its production ends up abroad in more than 70 countries through its international clients.
Lemar works for a wide range of sectors, such as the medical, aeronautic, food, naval and energetic industries, as well as the vertical human transportation industry; or ‘lifts’ if you prefer to be common.
With 36 employees at Foyos and at their new, large premises on the Los Vientos Industrial Estate in Naquera, through a close analysis of market trends and client needs, Lemar managed to increase the volume of its business in 2012 when most Spanish companies were registering losses.
Guided by General Manager Miguel Angel Vila, son in law of the company’s founder Vicente Legua, Lemar is an example of how a small local company can operate as an equal among the largest corporations around the world, if it applies knowhow, hard work and planning.
And next time the cables break when you are in a lift, and you begin hurtling down screaming towards the ground floor, be grateful when the emergency brakes kick in, because Lemar probably made them!