Feb 24, 2011

Lantek celebrates 25 years in the sheet metal and fabrication industry

Miñano (Álava), Spain: Lantek will celebrate 25 years of innovation and leadership in CAD/CAM and ERP solutions for the sheet metal market during 2011.

Formed in 1986, the company has its headquarters in Miñano (Álava), Spain. Originally, Lantek worked on developing a range of software products, before specializing in CAD/CAM and ERP systems for sheet metal applications, designed to bring an integrated and innovative range of products and services to its customers.

Over the last 25 years, Lantek has grown to become one of the leading suppliers of integrated CAD/CAM and ERP solutions in its sector, both in Spain and globally, where it has 25 subsidiaries in 17 different countries, as well as an extensive network of partners, enabling it to rapidly deploy its expertise in emerging markets. With over 11,000 customers in 100 countries worldwide, this network has enabled Lantek to offer high quality service and support. Its customers include prestigious names such as Liebherr, Hayundai, JCB, Iveco-Pergaso, Danobat and Marcopolo.

Lantek’s international sales and marketing strategy commenced in 1991 with its first overseas office in France, followed by Germany in 1996 and the USA the year after. South Korean and Japanese offices marked Lantek’s expansion into Asia in 2001, while in 2004 it opened an overseas research and development centre in India, followed by a second in Poland in 2006. The Polish office was also designated as a support centre, offering the first international software support facilities, outside Spain, for Lantek’s customers and partners. 2006 also saw the inauguration of the company’s first Chinese office. Since then a further three subsidiaries have been formed within that country.

The policy of offering its products in a global marketplace has been very successful for Lantek, which now derives 80% of its turnover outside Spain. The company is currently working on consolidating its presence in international markets, with the objective of building closer relationships with its customers through offering local support in native languages, and increasing the returns and benefits that can be expected from investing in the software.

Research and development and innovation has been a cornerstone to Lantek’s success. The company has consistently invested at least 18% of its turnover into R&D&I. Advances in technology generated by the efforts of its development team have ensured that its Lantek Expert CADCAM software is a leading product for driving sheet metal cutting and punching machines. The company has also pioneered management software solutions within the sheet metal industry with the introduction of its Lantek Integra ERP system, while its Lantek Flex3d software has simplified part design, the 3D bending of sheet metal components and tube and profile cutting.

Lantek is continually collaborating with leading machine tool manufacturers from around the world. This policy has led to several distribution agreements, where Lantek software is supplied as original equipment with the manufacturer’s drilling, cutting or punching machines, further expanding Lantek’s global user base.

Alberto Martínez, Managing Director of Lantek SMS says, “Lantek was created with the aim of establishing itself as the leading manufacturer of CAD/CAM/ERP solutions for the sheet metal processing and fabricating market. The company’s entire team is energized by the challenge of producing innovative products and proud of the great achievements made. The exponential growth that Lantek has maintained from the start, and our firm commitment to incorporating advanced technologies in the development of our solutions, is an excellent guarantee of quality and continuity for our customers.”

Over the years Lantek has won many awards and achieved public recognition from machine tool manufacturers, private associations, public bodies and the media. They have supported its advanced manufacturing methods, its business solutions, and its commitment to bringing the technology to a worldwide audience.