21/11/2018 - SPS: TOWARDS NEW MECHANICS AND COMPACT SOLUTIONS
SPS IPC Drives, the leading European trade fair for suppliers of industrial automation systems and technologies, is to open in Nuremberg from 27 to 29 November. Exhibition areas are divided by topics which include: control systems, IPC, man-machine interface devices (HMI) and lots more. The latest innovations and solutions for the industry will be presented and discussed at fair conference forums.
During SPS Lafert will be exhibiting: a wide range of Brushless Servomotors with torque up to 390 Nm suitable for high dynamic and acceleration applications, a new series of compact servomotors with specific mechanical components and special electrical designs (230V and 400V), an innovative generation of IE4/IE5 permanent magnet Synchronous Motors optimised for HVAC applications and a full range of IE3 Nema Premium/EISA Asynchronous Motors in standard and special execution. “News from Lafert includes the servomotor solution with a single connector that is increasing in the production mix” states Stefano Dessanti, Sales Manager for BU-Industrial Automation, “and the wide range of servomotors that meets the mechanical requirements of the European and Asian markets.”
“There’s a good buzz at Lafert, not only outwards from a sales point of view, but also inwards, within the group, with many innovative and high impact projects. In fact” – Stefano Dessanti continues – “we will soon be presenting new mechanical components and compact designs for the robotics, material handling, textile, mould injection and packaging sectors. SPS will therefore be an important opportunity for collecting further customer feedback and define final details.“
"In 2018,” the Sales Manager continues, “we have grown a lot in terms of both volume and turnover which comes from the group’s proven reliability and technical edge in customised supply partnerships. In Europe the market continues to increase which indicates a potential for growth. Therefore we shall carry on working on this front, constantly seeking to improve our service and innovation performance. You will see the results very soon!”
22/10/2018 - LAFERT GROUP: 2018 FIRST-HALF RESULTS SHOW STRONG GROWTH, REVENUES +21%
The integration with Sumitomo Heavy Industries started in June and is on going
The Lafert Group, European leader in design and manufacture of electric motors and drives customised for the industrial sector, closed the first-half 2018 with 21% growth in revenues, a little over 90 million Euro compared to the same period in 2017. The Ebitda margin also increased to 11% of net revenues (some 10 million Euro). Net profit after depreciations and taxes was 5.3 million Euro. Lafert closed 2017 with full year revenues of 150 million Euro, a growth of 9% on the 2016 figure and an Ebitda margin of 10%.
“We are satisfied with the process of expansion that Lafert is performing - say the Company Management. - Such a development is the reward for our strategies and we are sure that this is going to further consolidate over the coming years with the transaction established in June with Sumitomo Heavy Industries. The main target of the sale of Lafert to Sumitomo is to secure Lafert growth and consolidation as global leader in the sector of electric motors. We are introducing our company to the new shareholders in the best possible way, with the 2018 first-half results that are very satisfying and a positive forecast for the end of the financial year of 170 million Euro”.
In May 2018 Lafert was acquired by Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd., a Japanese leading Company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange that in 2017 reported revenues of over 6 billion Euros and with 20,000 employees worldwide. Following the acquisition, Lafert is now part of the Power Transmission and Controls division of Sumitomo Heavy Industries, which is known as the brand Sumitomo Drive Technologies, market leader in Japan.
“When we got in touch with Lafert, we immediately realised that this company had high potential. The decision to acquire Lafert and make it part of our Group was intended as a win-win transaction – asserts Shaun Dean, Vice President of Sumitomo Heavy Industries. - Lafert certainly gained the opportunity to enter a structured and well-established world leader, Sumitomo could mark a milestone for growing in the sector of electric motors and automation of industrial machines. Integration is going well and within the timing estimated: we really believe to reach the first results of synergies within a few years. Sumitomo is anyway a long-term investor and this is why there was an immediate affinity with the Lafert shareholders”.
Lafert has systematically grown, year upon year, from 80 million Euro revenues in 2010 to 150 million Euro in 2017. In 2018 Lafert engage worldwide 840 employees, of which 630 are located in the area of Venice, the remainder being located within group factories in Fusignano, Bologna, Slovenia and China, or the business sales offices. 73% of group revenues come from outside of Italy.
The Group is strongly oriented to using technical innovation to improve performance of drive systems within the areas of automation and energy saving. Lafert is the global market leader in the segment of Super Premium Efficiency (IE4, IE5) motors.
18/10/2018 - LAFERT OBTAINS AEO AUTHORISATION
Lafert has obtained an Authorisation issued by the Customs authorities called AEO, Authorised Economic Operator certification (authorisation No.IT AEOF 18 1489). “An important and highly regarded recognition - states the management of Lafert Group - that attests to the reliability and security of Lafert, that guarantees financial solvency, certifies adequate standards of competence, professional qualifications and safety of logistics related processes”.
In order to obtain the status of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) the Group had to prove that it fulfilled important criteria, such as compliance with customs and tax regulations, having no record of violations linked to economic activity, to be in possession of an efficient management system for trade and transport agreements and to be able to guarantee financial solvency.
“Approval to AEO is optional – added management at Lafert - it offers numerous advantages in international trade transactions, for both Lafert and the involved operators. It also offers a clear competitive edge over our competitors". In fact, the recognition of AEO status offers the logistics operator a number of benefits. These benefits include: simplified customs, fewer physical/document checks at the import site, faster shipments leading to reduced costs, priority treatment at customs clearance and fewer customs controls at the borders of the United States, Japan and China thanks to the mutual recognition agreements between the countries belonging to the WCO (World Custom Organization).
The certificate was issued after a close and in-depth evaluation conducted by the customs administration on Lafert Group's positioning in the international logistics chain and its compliance with customs, tax and security conditions and requirements. "Having AEO certification certainly places us - concludes management at Lafert - among the main economic operators who have proven their reliability on the international scene”.
09/10/2018 - MOTION CONTROL & POWER TRANSMISSION: LAFERT AT THE PTDA SUMMIT
The PTDA Industry Summit in Colorado Springs dated 17 to 20 October is one of the most popular event of promotion and train in Motion Control and Power Transmission industry. “The 2018 program focuses on improving communication and interaction to develop successful relationships. The PTDA Summit in fact – the Lafert North America Management clarifies – is an opportunity for senior managers from participating distributor companies and manufacturing companies to gather and discuss future market requirements, challenges and opportunities, thanks to seminars and demonstrations that will be held during the Summit”.
Lafert will introduce new products and ranges to the market: the complete range of NEMA Premium Efficiency - IE3 Motors which meets the requirements of the EISA Directive; the range of IE4/IE5 Permanent Magnet Motors featuring an innovative design; the extended range of Brushless Servo Motors for industrial automation.
“The PTDA Conference is perfect for meeting with key personnel in important positions within the larger distribution companies in North America, and on the other hand, there’s still opportunity to meet with the smaller companies in the same space – the Management says. The goal for 2018 is the continued penetration of the Lafert brand into the market and a constant growth thanks also to our partners and distributors”.
24/09/2018 - WIND ENERGY: LAFERT IS EVEN MORE GLOBAL
The Global Wind Summit, which is a highly respected event for the Wind industry, will be held from 25th to 28th of September at the exhibition centre in Hamburg and will combine WindEnergy Hamburg and WindEurope Conference. “For our first participation”, explains the Sales Manager, Davide Bravin, “we have chosen to exhibit functional motors with solid existing applications, exemplifying our ability to meet the most diverse requirements and to adapt the technology of the asynchronous motor to the most specific needs. For example: Totally Enclosed Fan Cooled (TEFC), Totally Enclosed Non Ventilated (TENV) AC motors and failsafe brake motors in various frame sizes and powers. We will also exhibit a few permanent magnet and brushless motors often used for “Yaw” and “Pitch” applications, featuring Lafert’s know-how gained through many years of experience often in extremely demanding conditions, thus bringing the benefits of high-efficiency, reliability and high-control motors to the wind industry”.
Which are the flagship products? “Our self-braking YAW motor for rotating the nacelle will certainly be on display”, Bravin continues “along with the special power pack and cooling motor solutions, which have paved the way for us to become market leaders in this sector utilising cutting-edge technology and specific customised designed to fulfil the industries needs”.
“At the Global Wind Summit, we will focus on making high value-added, practical and operational contacts”, continues Bravin, “so that we can introduce our products and benefits to key players in the sector with whom we still have little or no contact. We hope to develop partnerships similar to the ones we currently have with other leaders in the wind industry. Another rewarding moment for us will be the opportunity to meet and expand discussions with some of our existing customers, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers and their system’s sub-suppliers, seizing the opportunity to discuss new products and projects with them.”
“The wind market for Lafert is global: we are a player that supplies its products worldwide by following the needs of manufacturers that are, in turn, globalised. The European market currently keeps our production facilities busy, however, we are also witnessing a strong development of the Chinese market that increasingly requires motors with a high technological content. Bravin continues, “Lafert is growing year by year in the wind industry and we think that we can continue growing in this sector with double digit percentages, particularly over the next five years. This is as a direct result of investments targeting technological development of the product intended to fulfil the requirements of our customers and their partners.”
“During the last year, we have noticed the trend to increase the megawatts produced from each installation and optimise efficiency in such cases. Changing from the traditional induction motors in favour of high performance and high efficiency solutions utilising permanent magnet technology is a key factor in achieving these targets. The wind market is, in fact, even more focused on more powerful turbine installations, this requires the need to optimise installation power consumption as much as possible, refining the controls, increasing system performance and efficiency and, consequently, the individual systems that it comprises of. Permanent magnet motors fit perfectly into this context allowing huge increases of efficiency from single components”, concludes the Sales Manager, “greatly reduced losses and increased energy outputs are then delivered to the consumers as a direct result”.