Lemken is making big changes to its product range, starting with discontinuing its production of conventional field sprayers.
Established in a small blacksmith’s shop in Xanten on the Lower Rhine in 1780 by Wilhelmus Lemken, it is a leading supplier of crop production technology with more than 1,600 employees and 29 sales subsidiaries worldwide.
Lemken started out by forging ploughs, cultivators and harrows for local farmers. In 1969, Viktor Lemken took over the management of the family business and drove its development through innovation and a focus on exports and the opening of eastern markets from the 1990s onwards.
Now led by Nicola Lemken, the 7th-generation of the family business, the company continues to focus on professional crop production that is characterised by innovation and high quality. The company realigned its crop care segment earlier in 2020 to focus on camera-controlled hoeing technology and the selective application of crop care products.
A key part of the company’s ethos is the responsible use of resources at its production sites, with the Alpen facility being carbon-neutral in its consumption of electricity, thanks to on-site combined heat and power plants and extensive, smartly controlled energy cycles between administration and production facilities.
Lemken focuses strongly on its employees, so it is appropriate that their reminiscences feature strongly in celebrating the 240th anniversary, alongside the technical developments.