Great interest was shown at Lantek’s first trade show appearance after the Coronavirus outbreak, especially in the latest features and enhancements that the pioneer of the digital transformation of companies in sheet metal industry, has developed for its software portfolio – a product of 35 years of experience in software development for sheet metal manufacturing.
At the same time, Lantek CEO Alberto López de Biñaspre shared details about the company’s expansion plans following the new partnership with high-tech company TRUMPF.
“We were very much looking forward to welcoming our visitors back to a trade show after such a long absence due to COVID and to present the innovations of Global Release 2021 to them in person - the response has been tremendous,” said Christoph Lenhard, Lantek’s sales manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, on the first day of the show. “It was a difficult time, but we came out of it stronger because we learnt a lot. Our customers have developed new needs, such as the increased requirement for compatible solutions for both remote and office working. This new situation reinforces our decision to develop a range of cloud products to service these new realities.” To meet these objectives, Lantek has recruited a large number of new specialists with the necessary expertise. This is necessary as, compared to the development of software for desktop applications, the cloud requires different programming skills and in-depth knowledge of infrastructure and services.
Alberto López de Biñaspre, Managing Director of Lantek confirms that this development pace will continue. “We have been experiencing double-digit organic growth for years. At the end of the third quarter of this year, sales were 30 percent higher than last year. We have traditionally invested large proportions of our income in research and development. Through our new partnership with TRUMPF, the largest industrial group in the machine tool sector, we now have the necessary resources to increasingly pursue this path. For 2022, we intend to make the largest investments in our company’s history: We want to increase our commitment to research and development by 70 percent. To do this, we plan to grow our workforce by 50% over the next twelve months from the current 260 employees worldwide, with a clear emphasis on R&D and our international customer support team.” Lantek is thinking long-term – with a growth plan that extends into 2025.
This year, Lantek celebrates its 35th anniversary of its foundation, the 30th of the opening of our French subsidiary and the 25th since the inauguration of its German one. López de Biñaspre emphasized the software specialist’s commitment to its strategy as a multi-vendor supplier, “The expansion plan not only strengthens our brand positioning but enhances our international structure bracing and expanding our current international organisation and footprint. Both TRUMPF and Lantek are family-owned companies, so we share values and business principles and a common vision for the future: to turn companies in the sheet metal industry into Smart Factories, making them more efficient and competitive.”
The innovations in Lantek’s Global Release 2021, which Lantek presented at Blechexpo, support this objective.
Lantek Expert V2021 – programming solution for 2D cutting and punching machines
Lantek Expert V2021 comes with 25 innovations that simplify and further automate the process of cutting, punching and shearing sheet metal parts for its customers:
Lantek Flex3D – for tube and profile machining
The market for tube machining is growing rapidly, as is the number of new machines, devices and technologies for cutting tubular parts. With its innovations, Lantek Flex3d V2021 reflects the new requirements of the industry:
Lantek MES und Lantek Integra
With Lantek MES and Lantek Integra, companies can manage their manufacturing, accurately track resource utilization, orders, delivery dates, quality and inventory levels, while maintaining traceability and the flexibility to respond to changing circumstances, to name a few of the advances. The complex interwoven processes required to achieve this have received a great deal of attention from Lantek for the 2021 update:
Lantek sees cloud-based solutions as the future of software. The solutions are accessible around the clock from any location, save the cost of expensive hardware and are flexible in their capacity. Updates and new applications can also be easily implemented, which drastically reduces operating costs. Global Release 2021 introduces the first SaaS (Software as a Service) application in Lantek Analytics.
Lantek iQuoting and MetalShop
The iQuoting and MetalShop solutions, which are also cloud-based, are used to create quotes for the customer easily, quickly and automatically. Access is possible from any location and any internet-enabled device.
With Lantek MetalShop, customers using iQuoting can take advantage of the round-the-clock availability of e-commerce with online quoting and sales. It is a real opportunity for sheet metal companies to relieve their sales department of the hassle of standard products, while reaching out to new customers and markets that want an online platform.
Lantek is a multinational that is leading the digital transformation of companies in the sheet metal and metal industry. With its smart manufacturing software, it enables factories to be connected, turning them into Smart Factories. It rounds off its range of services with CAD, CAM, MES, and ERP solutions for companies that manufacture metal parts from sheet metal, tubes, and profiles using any cutting technology (laser, plasma, oxycut, waterjet, shearing, and punching).
Founded in 1986 in the Basque Country (Spain), one of the main European centers of machine tool development, it enables the integration of sheet metal and metal processing technologies with the most advanced manufacturing control software. The company is currently the outstanding leader in its sector thanks to its capacity for innovation and commitment to internationalization. With more than 28,000 customers in over 100 countries and 20 offices in 14 countries, it has an extensive network of distributors with an international presence. In 2020, its international business contributed to 88% of its revenue.
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