From being good to doing better
The new culture of optimisation
We visit Bystronic glass
We talk to Slatco Sterzenbach about optimisation
News from the Lapp Group
The Lapp Group at Hannover Messe
The new European HQ
Boris Katic, CTO
Incredible figures about our main theme
How optimisations pay off
Two new appointments emphasise how the Lapp Group plans to position itself in future, i.e. with a professional attitude to every role. Dr Hilmar Döring (left) is the member of the board responsible for Human Resources and Boris Katic (right) is the Chief Technical Officer.
These two managers aim to help Lapp continue expanding on its role as a global leader in integrated solutions for cable and connection technology. They have also expertly strengthened the Group’s strategic talent management as well as the excellence in the supply chain and production.
At the start of December, Dr Hilmar Döring (51) was appointed as member of the board of Lapp Holding AG. He is responsible for Human Resources and Organisation Development. The economics graduate has almost twenty years of international experience in the field of HR management in well-known family companies operating in mechanical and plant engineering and the electrical industry.
Andreas Lapp, Chairman of the Board of Lapp Holding AG, said Döring is “an outstanding expert in HR and organisation development”, adding: “The most important resource in any company is the people. Dr Döring will help us to ensure that we have the right people working in the right roles.”
The second new appointment is also very knowledgeable: Boris Katic brings more than two decades’ experience to the role of CTO, including in the automotive and technology industries, and most recently for an international family-run company just like Lapp.
As CTO of the Lapp Group for Europe, South America, the Middle East and Africa, Katic will begin by focusing on flexibility, process quality and continuous improvement.
You can read more about Boris Katic, and his ambitions and mindset, in the profile section of this issue of Cable World.
A famous title has been added to the list of Lapp’s awards: “World Market Leader Champion 2017”, and with it a place on the World Market Leader Index. The University of St. Gallen recently bestowed this award upon the Lapp Group.
Their annual ranking singles out the best companies from each industry. The Lapp Group earned the Champion title in the “Integrated solutions for cable and connection technology” category.
For companies to be included in the World Market Leader Index, they needed to fulfil key requirements: technological leadership, international presence and customer service. Being named in the World Market Leader Index proves that Lapp is setting standards in these criteria.
The University of St. Gallen’s Henri B. Meier School of Entrepreneurs created the index in collaboration with the Academy of German World Market Leaders (ADWM). It started with a database with more than a thousand entries of potential global market leaders in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. These companies were then researched and selected in an elaborate process.
The World Market Leader Index is not the only award that Lapp has been considered for recently. The company was also included in the TOP 100 list of Grmany's most innovative SMEs. The high-class list was based on scientific criteria and was compiled by Professor Nikolaus Franke from the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Germany's Federal Ministry for Family Affairs also named the Lapp Group the country's most family-friendly company.
Users can get to grips with energy chain expertise in the ÖLFLEX® CONNECT CHAIN catalogue. The 350-page catalogue, which Lapp first issued at the SPS IPC Drives trade fair, provides a wealth of specialist knowledge on engineering energy chains and includes our complete range of branded components suitable for use in drag chains. This catalogue focuses on the individual solution that customers need: users can refer to the 8-phase detailed instructions in the ÖLFLEX® CONNECT CHAIN catalogue for an easy way to plan and configure their individual drag chain assemblies on their own.
The catalogue also provides an overview of all Lapp components, such as data, power and signal cables, and lists all connectors, cable glands and markings alongside servo assemblies manufactured in a smart semi-automatic process. It also contains the full portfolio of steel and nylon drag chains, along with chains for robotics, and features comprehensive technical guidelines. In this 40-page section, Lapp passes on its experience and knowledge on chains, FD cables and other FD components.
Technical guidelines for drag chains
More sales, more profit, more staff – this formula summarises the 2015/2016 financial year for the Lapp Group. Net sales increased to € 901.5 million, and the number of full-time jobs rose by 140 to 3,440 staff.
Andreas Hermann, member of the board responsible for Finance, said: “The Lapp Group is in very good shape and continues to grow at a healthy rate. Thanks to Strategy 2020, the course is set for sustainable and stable growth in the coming years as well.”
Despite the difficult situations in some sectors, the Lapp Group was able to hold its own. In terms of volumes – measured in products and solutions sold – sales increased by almost eight percent. That growth was only 1.7 percent in euros and cents was down to the dramatic fall in the price of copper (a whopping 17 percent) and unfavourable fluctuations in exchange rates. Why? As the actual price of a cable is calculated daily based on the current price of copper, the turnover automatically decreases when the copper price sinks.
Chairman Andreas Lapp emphasised that 2015/2016 was a successful year for the Lapp Group: “We acquired customers all over the world. This is a sign of trust, and something we can be proud of!”