ABOUT US

LAFERT GROUP

We are an evolving group

For sixty years, we at Lafert Group have been developing cutting-edge technologies for energy efficiency and industrial automation. We are leaders in Europe, and we put all our experience into building a more productive and sustainable future.

We create electric motors that improve efficiency in terms of reliability, performance and compact design. This comes from the investment in research and people, and the desire to always propose innovative solutions.


Each individual member of our group contributes to the success of the organization through their specialized strength in design and production.  The combined knowledge of the organization supports the continuous research and development of innovative technologies. 


We operate in thirteen locations in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, including six production units articulated in order to facilitate the integration of production processes.

We have a long story, but our focus remains on the future

We were among the very first in designing permanent magnet electric motors, but our gaze still looks ahead to the development of increasingly effective solutions that guarantee product competitiveness in any market sector.

In sixty years, we have shown that we know how to solve the most varied application needs by helping our customers shape the future before it becomes present. 

We are guided by three principles that have become our corporate philosophy:

Our global role

Flexibility and reliability guarantee us customer confidence and strong visibility in the international competitive arena. From robotics to renewable energies, material handling to air processing, or even the most diverse industrial machineries, the fields of use for our products are endless. For this reason, we are the ideal partner to supply high-performance solutions for all applications. 


The integration of Lafert Group into Sumitomo multiplies the opportunities for collaboration with global partners and gives us the opportunity to intensify our international presence.

Thanks to the complementary production capacities within the Sumitomo industrial group, financial solidity and organizational strengthening, we consolidate our growth and leadership in the electric motor market.

VISION & MISSION

Vision

Bring innovation anywhere, leveraging the maximum technological know-how.

Innovation means doing something new every day, something that will improve the world.


We face new challenges every day, but with a clear vision on how to constantly improve our production capabilities, energy efficiency, product customization and performance, all while reducing our environmental impact.


It is a great responsibility that we assume for the world and future generations, an awareness that allows us to understand the future, to think big, and to anticipate future global needs to achieve a more efficient and sustainable world.

Mission

Create innovative motors that are increasingly efficient and optimize performance with advanced integrated solutions. 

Engineer customizations for different applications and changing market needs.


Evolution is in our DNA. Through company choices, in-house skills and market demands, we have always been committed to technological innovation that matures over time.

Evolution is the ability to optimize integrated industrial processes at the highest technological level, natural inclination towards custom solutions and ambition to improve, look forward, and imagine a future full of new opportunities.

LAFERT IN SUMITOMO

Since 2018, we have been part of the large international industrial group, Sumitomo, and we have embraced the strategic idea of being the global Competence Centre for research and development of the most modern electric motors, as well as a reference point for the future development of the market. Our partner Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd., is one of 33 companies within Sumitomo, founded by Masatomo Sumitomo about 400 years ago in Japan. In 2020, Sumitomo Heavy Industries had a turnover of over 6.4 billion euros with an operating profit margin of 6.0%.

Together towards the markets of tomorrow

Thanks to an ambitious investment plan, organisational strengthening, and complementary internal production capabilities; many business opportunities have already developed and will continue to expand in the near future. Strong financial data reinforces mutual benefit and is already supporting common growth and facilitating consolidation in our leading position in the electric motor market. With this agreement, we will be able to expand our product portfolio with the most sophisticated design expertise and the most modern production capacity, even for the integrated solutions.

Product research and innovation

We remain strongly focused on technological innovation, energy saving and product customization, while improving performance and reducing environmental impact. 

Over the years we have positioned ourselves as a world leader in the electric motor sector with Super Premium performance class (IE4, IE5). Today we are firmly part of the Sumitomo brand expansion strategy through the Sumitomo Drive Technologies division, a leader in power transmission and control products. Together we offer a wide variety of integrated applications and solutions, especially for the European market, with the aim of reaching a turnover of 400 million euros by 2025.

Shaping the future together

We have created a powerful claim, a statement that sets a long-term goal and represents the ideal to which we aim to "shape the future together".

Sumitomo Drive Technologies, Lafert Group and Invertek Drives Ltd: the union of these three large companies participating in the same group has elevated our operational vision; triggering the design evolution, especially in the field of integrated solutions, and solidified the strength of our position within European markets.

GLOBAL PRESENCE

We went so far to get closer to you

We operate in thirteen locations in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, of which six are production units, articulated in order to facilitate the integration of processes. This allows us to offer superior customization of technological solutions to meet and exceed market demands.


Lafert Group's commercial network is present in the most industrialized countries over four continents to be closer to the customer and ensure a timely and tailor-made response.

International for over half a century

Lafert Group is a leading international company in Europe that has 60 years of experience and solid collaborations with international players, all world leaders in their sectors. With them we weave important strategic alliances maximizing our technological capacity.


Flexibility and reliability guarantee us customer confidence and strong visibility in the international competitive arena: from robotics or renewable energies to the most diverse industrial machinery, the fields of use for our products are endless. For this reason, we are the ideal partner in the supply of high-performance solutions for all applications.

Whatever we do we think big

Facing new challenges regarding integrated solutions requires constant improvement in the production capacities that we make available to the market.

The integration of Lafert Group into Sumitomo increases opportunities for collaboration with global partners and gives us the opportunity to intensify our international presence.


It is this global presence that allows us to understand the future, to think big and to anticipate future needs of the society in which we operate. This enables us to respond to new challenges with innovative products that contribute to a more efficient and sustainable world.

HISTORY

A long history of tireless curiosity

Our history is one with the proverbial characteristics of our land, Veneto. A region of hands and brains that is recognized as the virtues of concreteness and tenacity, with the added value of innovative ideas. 

In San Donà di Piave just outside Venice, we founded Lafert in 1962, a company producing asynchronous electric motors that is committed to guaranteeing the quality of the Lafert product on the Italian market. Today, The San Donà facility is the headquarters of the Lafert Group, where our technical team kicks off the customization process, characteristic of our historic approach to the market. 

First steps in the international market

At the end of the 1980s we enter the international market with our intrinsic propensity for customization. In those years we were introduced to different demands and regulations from the global markets, often more rigorous than in Italy. In the early 1990s the North American market already reserved particular attention to energy savings and required some of the highest efficiency standards in the world. Lafert North America was founded in 1992 to meet these needs thanks to a fruitful joint venture in Canada.

Always facing new challenges

In the 1990s we face the first industrial automation project for the European market and expand our production. To ensure the highest levels of customization, we identity an in-house need that will profoundly change our history: internally producing all the components of our motors and acquiring proficiency in the servo motors field. In 1994 we found Lafert Servo Motors, a few kilometers from Lafert San Donà, and Lafert Elektromotorji in Slovenia to respond to this expansion of the business.

International business development

In the second half of the 1990s our expansion continues, as we increase the production and distribution capacity with the establishment of some operative units in Spain, France and Australia.  In 1997 the Lafert Group acquires ICME, a manufacturer of small and medium-power motors, and the AEG Fabrica de Motores Group, based in Barcelona, joins the following year.

These are the years of the great international development of our business in which we see the expansion of Lafert both by product ranges and by application areas.

Always one step ahead

In the first decade of 2000 we increase our strength by entering new markets and applying our products to unique application areas. This gives us the opportunity to study important innovations and develop a strong understanding of specific applications that still put us at the top of the market today. In particular, thanks to our expertise in asynchronous motors and servo motors, we were among the very first to apply permanent magnet technology. From this moment on, we continue to be leaders in energy-saving market segments while manufacturing super-efficient motors that are compact in size and outperform the limits of current regulations. We are always ready to exceed new standards.

Evolution is in our DNA

In the second decade of the 2000s we focus on market needs by integrating a permanent magnet synchronous motor with a drive. This innovative technology has led us to enter new business segments especially related to renewable energy and material handling. In 2012 a new adventure leads us to the Asian market with the opening of Lafert Suzhou where we bring our experience and quality Lafert motors, synonymous with warranty all over the world.

Lafert 4.0

Our great expansion and the level of brand recognition in 2018 led to the integration of Lafert Group with the Sumitomo international group. Today we can face challenges that require the ability to respond to new global needs such as developing synergies and integration projects with other world leaders. This also supported the development of new business areas offering integrated packages for industrial automation such as solutions for AGVs and airport baggage handling. 


Today, Lafert is an international group able to deliver quality all over the world through co-engineering processes and a completely internal and controlled production. The new plant in San Donà di Piave is fully automated with maximum energy efficiency, ready to confirm our reputation of evolution and successful market orientation.

BUSINESS AREAS

The best technology available

High-performance and customized electric motors make reliability the core of Lafert products. Our core business is asynchronous, synchronous and servo motors, fully customized and designed to bring Lafert excellence into industrial automation and energy efficiency applications.

We contribute to the electrification of the world

We work with international players in the field of industrial automation to design high-performance solutions for robotics, material handling and industrial processing machineries with the need for motors that guarantee speed, precision and control. Our brushless servo motors are fully customizable to the needs of the application, meet performance requirements and integrate seamlessly into industrial systems. 


Our company's technological capabilities and vast experience acquired over the decades have allowed us to create solutions that maximize control and performance. We are able to provide several integrated products and packages that combine the robustness of our motors with the most advanced technologies.

Energy efficiency is in our DNA

Energy efficiency is an element that we have always looked for in our solutions with the aim of increasing the performance optimization of our motors. Since our foundation, we have been active in the market of HVAC, renewable energy and industrial machineries by designing products with high energy efficiency beyond regulatory standards. These applications require robust and reliable motors in continuous operation.


Reliable, high quality and highly customizable: Lafert single-phase, three-phase and brake motors adapt perfectly to the most diverse application needs while ensuring maximum performance.

Our experience in the Wind sector

We bring innovation and reliability to the industry

Since 2003, with a strong market approach we have been a leader in innovative products based on IE4, IE5 permanent magnet technology which increases motor performance while reducing size and weight. We have combined our innovative spirit and proficiency with a focus on variable speed applications in order to be the first to develop a technology with the highest torque density.

Thanks to its control capacity, compactness, and precision; our synchronous motors benefit all industrial systems where energy efficiency and high performance are critical. We supply the complete integrated motor and drive package designed as a customized solution achieving high efficiency. 

Group Companies

Each individual member of our group contributes to the success of the organization through their specialized strength in design and production.  The combined knowledge of the organization supports the continuous research and development of innovative technologies. 


The group consists of six manufacturing plants and seven commercial companies with cohesive goals and processes yet each with a specialized focus. The production units are mainly located in Italy, one in Slovenia and one in Suzhou, China. The commercial offices are international and cover the European and North American area including Germany, France, Spain, Great Britain, North America, but also Australia and Singapore.

Location: San Donà Di Piave, Venice - Italy

Areas:
27.000 m2

Employees:
521

Scope:
Asynchronous Motors, PM Synchronous Motors

Production:
2.600 motors/day - 600 K motors/year

At Lafert Motors we manufacture high-performance synchronous and asynchronous three-phase, single-phase and brake electric motors for the most diverse uses and applications. As headquarters we determine the development strategy and investments that are always firmly aimed at technological innovation and product customization. Consequently, we design production processes, define commercial strategies, and develop new product lines. The historic headquarters is experiencing a substantial expansion with the construction of a new plant designed with fully automated lines and integrated systems in an Industry 4.0 perspective.

Lafert Servo is a leader in the production of highly customized, advanced and high performing brushless servo motors designed for industrial automation. 

Here we have started some of the most important innovative transformations for the whole group, combining asynchronous technology with the features of servomotors. 

At Lafert Servo we have full control over the production process of all brushless motor components, which allows us to remain flexible while maintaining consistency in reliability and quality of products.

Location: Noventa di Piave, Venice - Italy

Areas:
5.500 m2

Employees:
189

Scope:
Brushless Servo Motors, Gearless Machines

Production:
750 motors/day - 170 K motors/year
Location: Bologna - Italy

Areas: 800 m2 

Employees: 14

Scope: Servo Drives - Design aand Assembly

Production: 40 drives/day - 8.800 drives/year

Lafert Drives deals with the production of specific components for industrial automation, in particular electronic drives for the control of brushless servo motors. Here we operate in close contact with Lafert Servo and this allows us to offer optimized products for the most diverse applications.

At Lafert Drives we are constantly looking for customized solutions according to the specific needs of the customer while simultaneously supporting energy saving and environmental sustainability.

Icme is dedicated to small and medium-sized asynchronous motors where quality, robustness and speed of delivery are all fundamental to our offering. With strong customer orientation and focus on customization, at Icme, we have specialized in very niche applications. The technical department leverages our expertise becoming experts in any application making us the ideal partner.

High performance and maximum customization are the intrinsic qualities of our motors produced in Icme.

Location: Fusignano, Ravenna - Italy

Areas: 
4.200 m2

Employees: 
65

Scope:
Asynchronous Motors - Design and Assembly

Production: 
1.200 motors/day - 270 K motors/year
Location: Suzhou - China 

Areas: 
5.500 m2

Employees: 
64

Scope:
Brushless Servo Motors, Gearless Machines

Production: 
100 motors/day - 20 K motors/year
Lafert Suzhou is fully dedicated to the production of brushless servo motors for the Asian market. Established in 2012, we have spread our proficiencies worldwide and now produce brushless servo motors and gearless motors for elevators. Thanks to this plant we are able to respond to the growing demand for motors in the Asian market, from both historical customers and new developments with local companies. This location reduces delivery times and transport costs while maintaining the guarantee of the quality of Lafert brand motors.
The Lafert Elektromotorji plant is located on the border between Italy and Slovenia. Over the years this plant has become a center of excellence in the production of windings for Italian plants. Professionalism and timeliness in responding to the requests of the plants have made it an important partner in the development of the Lafert Group. It supports the constant growth of production capacity and the adoption of increasingly compact and high-performing designs.
Location: Sempeter pri Gorici - Slovenia 

Areas: 
2.000 m2

Employees: 
64

Scope:
Windings for Asynchronous Motors

Production:
1.715 windings/day - 390 K windings/year

EXCELLENCE

Innovation is part of us and fosters continuous growth to achieve our main goal: responding to the needs of modern industry with flexible integrated solutions while anticipating future needs of the market.

We are driven to create top quality, cutting-edge motors that are increasingly efficient in performance and design, while paying close attention to environmental considerations. We have always been committed to supplying technological innovation for advanced system applications. We combine the highest standard of industrial processes and excellent production capacities with our core value: people at the centre.

FINANCE

In sixty years, we have built a company with a solid financial base that is committed to the constant search for quality. Lafert’s strengths are the variety of our product ranges, the infinite number of customized solutions and a consolidated presence in many international markets. 

Today we are part of Sumitomo Drive Technologies, the strategic division of the large international group, Sumitomo. Our management control policy includes monthly reports and rigorous verification models with an industrial control plan focused on optimizing production processes that make us a safe and reliable company.

Investments play a relevant role in our group and are mainly distributed between the Research and Development department and the modernization of production plants. This is where Lafert quality arises, as well as the innovation and customization of our motors that are designed to bring high performance and energy efficiency to every application.