There are around 3,500 of us working at Lenze, and Lenzians have been setting Industrie 4.0 in motion since 1947. In fact, everything here revolves around motion and automation, and in more senses than one. Our products, system solutions and digital services ensure that our customers’ machines and systems run reliably. And we ourselves also need to be mobile and flexible, both mentally and physically. After all, our working environment is changing rapidly, both in technological and commercial terms. There is hardly any other industry where you can experience the changing of the times so intensively or where you can help to shape the customer’s future so actively. We think it is exciting to keep finding new ways forward for the last 70 years and beyond.
Lenze is once again moving in new directions with the Mechatronic Competence Campus (MCC), which we are building at our Extertal site in Germany. The company is investing over € 35 million in the MCC, the biggest single investment in the company’s history. The new campus will include a Technical Centre, a new automatic high-bay warehouse, a new logistics building, and new working environments, whose main aim is to promote a new way of working together. Spatially, the individual disciplines within the company will move closer together than ever before. This means that mechanics, electronics engineers and software specialists will be able to share their ideas, opinions and experiences right at the beginning of a project and then work together towards the best solution. And alongside the product development we will develop the necessary production processes. The MCC will also have showrooms, to demonstrate Lenze’s solutions competence to our customers. We want to make use of the customers’ reactions and the extreme closeness between technology and production to create a fast transfer of knowledge in a learning factory. This will be the ideal framework for making work easy, inventive and trendsetting.
Lenze is an internationally active company in family hands. It is this combination that makes Lenze special. On the one hand we have the opportunities that come from being a global concern, and on the other hand we have the familiar working atmosphere that is widespread at Lenze.
An international team consisting of application engineers, service technicians and many others takes care of our customers’ wishes round the clock all over the world.
Of course, we are already working internationally and in mixed teams of people with sales and engineering competence. A quarter of us are working at our headquarters in Gross Berkel. And we are also represented on every continent with our own sales companies, research and development sites, production plants and logistics centres. In addition to Europe, our sites in the USA and in Asia have particularly high potential for growth.
We have been running an internal exchange programme since 2015 and its goal is to achieve a change of intercultural perspective. This promotes a better understanding for different requirements and expectations with regard to communication and cooperation. Lenzians change their place of work for at least six weeks and gather experience with colleagues abroad. Applications to take part in this programme, Group-wide, are handled by our HR colleagues in Shanghai. This is part of our internationalisation strategy.
“We offer our employees a challenging and exciting working environment. At the same time, the company offers a best possible balance between work and family. This is something we strongly believe in at Lenze – because people are the basis of our success!”
Head of Human Resources
Modern forms of work organisation support our employees in the successful completion of their day-to-day tasks.
Autumn 2017 saw the launch of our first Automation Camp. This is an international graduate training programme for newly graduated engineers in our companies outside Germany. They will start with an orientation phase together in Gross Berkel, learn about the organisation in practical projects, and develop a valuable network of personal contacts. Our goal is to develop distinctive solutions competence in our young colleagues and to offer them very good prospects of development by giving them a permanent position in their home country.
“Lenze uses its products, systems and comprehensive knowledge of machines to create innovative solutions for machines all over the world. Creative and agile-minded people are at the heart of this achievement. Their ideas enable us to actively and successfully meet the multiplicity of new and unknown challenges that the age of digitalisation is generating – and in this way they are making an important contribution to a secure future for our customers.”
Head of Human Resources
Lenze supports specialised internships and Bachelor, Master’s and doctoral theses with a practical orientation as a way of supporting young academics.
The customers are always at the centre of Lenze’s focus – in every aspect of the work we do.
We invest a lot in training our young beginners to become skilled specialists – and in further training, too, so that we are always up to date. In the last financial year there were about 60 apprentices employed in the Lenze Group. They are spread over six different kinds of work, ranging from the technical to the commercial. Our internal training programmes in Germany have been audited, and as a result Lenze is a certified “Best Place to Learn”. More than 30 vocational students are currently taking the opportunity to prepare themselves for a period of work at Lenze as part of their Bachelor of Science degree programme. We collaborate with the University of Ostwestfalen-Lippe in Lemgo and the University of Weserbergland in Hamelin on this kind of dual work-and-university degree programme, and we also collaborate with international universities such as Purdue University in Lafayette, USA, or the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. We also encourage young academics by offering specialist intern work and by supporting Bachelor, Master’s and doctoral theses that have a practical orientation.
When emergency service is required, Lenze employees do all they can to provide the customers with the best possible support.
Great care and precision are of paramount importance in the production of our innovative products.
Lenze is a family-owned company. And this is something you can feel. We work very professionally, and we treat each other in a familiar way. We have been here for 70 years, which means that we think long-term and act responsibly – over generations. This can be seen, for example, in the basic principles that were formulated for our company in the 1990s by Dr. Rolf Herbert, who was then a Lenze director and the last family member to be part of the management. At their core they are still valid today. Social responsibility – above all for our employees – is very important to us. It is not for nothing that our employees in Germany stay with Lenze for an average of 20 years. Again and again we have the pleasure of celebrating colleagues’ 40th and sometimes even 50th anniversary with the company.
The demands of the workplace are high for our employees, and they will rise further. Private life also makes its demands, and harmonising these two areas of one’s life is not always easy. Lenze has firmly established a family-conscious corporate culture in the way it runs its day-to-day business, and this works well. We also take into account the different expectations in the different countries where we operate. During parental leave we keep in close contact with our employees, invite them to take part in internal further-training measures, and seek solutions for employees who want to be reintegrated quickly into their jobs after the birth of a child. We offer flexible working times, job-sharing, and the possibility of working from home – these options are popular among our employees. We also help to find child care and we provide support if there is an unexpected shortfall in child care. And: Lenze children are welcome guests in our canteens, where they can eat meals with their parents.
Lenze has again been named Top Employer Germany and Top Employer Engineers in 2017.
Regular discussion and knowledge-sharing are a part of the daily routine at Lenze. We all benefit from the fact that we are constantly learning from each other.
We repeatedly receive confirmation of the fact that Lenze is an attractive employer. In 2017 our company was yet again named “Top Employer Germany” and “Top Employer Engineers” by the independent Top Employers Institute. Also, Lenze is a member of the Fair Company Initiative for interns. Fair Company firms commit themselves reliably to applying recognised quality standards and adhering to verifiable rules of conduct during internships. For maintaining this kind of responsible and transparent corporate culture, the firms are annually awarded the Fair Company Seal.
“Industrie 4.0 is playing an increasingly important role in our training. Of course, it’s all about digitalisation, networking, and industrial communication. Our training in these areas employs such things as digital learning systems, or projects that make use of Lenze products. And we achieve a very practical focus by training in specific departments, such as Production.”
Electronics technician apprentice for equipment and systems
In training young people, Lenze focuses on giving tomorrow’s specialists the tools they need in order to combine basic qualifications and digital competencies.