Leitz Recognized as One of Germany’s Exemplary Family-Owned Businesses

Company Founder Albert Leitz (1854 – 1916)

Entrepreneurism, grit, leadership, innovation… these are all traits of the family-owned businesses that are the backbone of economies around the world. For the over 140 years since Leitz was founded by Albert Leitz in Oberkochen, Germany, Leitz is proud to have remained a family-owned company. In 1876, taking advantage of his proximity to the state-owned steelworks of Swabia, Germany, Albert Leitz began producing drills, saw blades, and axes from the high-grade steel of the region. Today, Leitz manufactures one of the largest catalogs of woodworking and advanced material cutting tools and employs about 4,000 employees worldwide in it’s 14 production locations in Europe, Asia, and America. Leitz also holds 250 patents.

Leitz owns much of their success as a family-owned business to the leadership of Dr. Dieter Brucklacher. From 1974 to 2016, Dr. Brucklacher set the company’s strategic vision, promoting growth and internationalization through innovation, pioneering technology, and quality. He also felt it incredibly important that Leitz customers continue to receive face-to-face consultative service from their Leitz representatives. Even in this age of emerging technologies that forced many organizations to choose convenience over personalization, he worked to expand Leitz’ network of sales and service companies around the world to ensure the individual, one-on-one service and expertise Leitz customers’ have come to know and respect.

The Brucklacher family: Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher, Monika Brucklacher, and the late Dr. Dieter Brucklacher

After Dr. Brucklacher’s passing in 2016, his daughter Dr. Cornelia Brucklacker took the lead of the organization and relies on her father’s values to shape her vision. Dr. Cornelia Brucklacker is the is the great-great-granddaughter of Albert Leitz and the fifth generation of the family to manage Leitz. “Ensuring the satisfaction of our customers and their economic success, from small-scale producers to global industrial companies, has been, and remains, at the core of our business of over 140 years of tradition,” she said.

Leitz is honored to have their story featured in the book From a Good Family (Aus Bester Familie), by Dr. Florian Langenscheidt, which highlights over 100 exemplary German family-owned businesses. From a Good Family is published by the Zeit Publishing Group and is in its third edition. Dr. Langenscheidt notes the power of family-owned businesses in the introduction of the book by saying, “Family enterprises are flexible and innovative. They think in terms of generations, not quarterly earnings. They make quick decisions that are also sustainable. They do business with no small measure of social responsibility and do not look at their trusted business partners as mere cash cows. What is more, family-owned businesses find a way to connect the rational business world with the emotional world of the family.” 

Leitz has been a pioneer in the industry since it’s foundation. Developing the application of carbide as a cutting material, developing the first polycrystalline diamond cutting material for wood processing, and introducing the first tool with an electronic memory chip are among many of Leitz’ achievements. There is no doubt that this ability to innovate and evolve is directly related to the values that come with being a family-owned business.

Firmly rooted in Ostalb to this day: Leitz headquarters in the town of Oberkochen

“The culture and values of Leitz, a family-owned business, are the result of long-term vision and sustainable action. In this regard, we are conscious of our responsibilities to our employees, our clients, and wider society. We consider ourselves one part of a community with a common purpose, and act with the awareness that the company’s success ultimately depends on the performance of the people working within it,” comments Dr. Cornelia Brucklacker, Chair of the Advisory Board and Group Shareholder for Leitz.

To learn more about the history of Leitz Tooling, visit www.leitz.org/history.

Tooling Spotlight: ProfilCut Q Insert Tooling System

In our tooling spotlight, we break down what you need to know about our most popular tools. This month’s MVP is the Profil Cut Q & ProfilCut Q Premium.

The Tool

ProfilCut Q, ProfilCut Q Premium, and ProfilCut Q PCD are the fastest and most precise dedicated profile insert systems available.  The ProfilCut family of tools is designed to optimize process efficiency through perfect cut quality, highest yield, and fastest production cycles.

What makes it better

  • Modular body design offers profile flexibility and economic operation
  • Precision knife locating and retention prevent knife movement due to centrifugal forces
  • All knife changes can be made at the spindle, without disassembly of cutterhead
  • Knife clamping elements are protected from dust & resin build-up for ease of maintenance
  • Longest service cycles with Marathon or TDC (diamond) coated, and RipTec knife options
  • Lightweight aluminum alloy body allows for better balance and, in turn, reduced vibration
  • Certified and approved to operate at knife velocities up to 120 meters per second (50% faster than any competing insert system)

When to use it

  • Five-piece cabinet doors (cope/stick/style/rail/edge detail)
  • Wood interior and exterior doors
  • Wood windows
  • Architectural millwork and mating profiles
  • Miter lock or v-folding applications
  • Finger and glue jointing applications
  • Profiling of non-ferrous metals and advanced materials

Suitable raw materials

  • Soft, hard and exotic wood species
  • Panel materials such as plywood, raw or laminated particleboard and MDF
  • Plastic, foam, resin and composite materials
  • Non-ferrous metals

The results

  • Perfect sand-free finish quality at high knife marks per inch
  • Prevention common defects such as grain plucking, tearing and fuzzing
  • Reduced scrap loss, rework, and post machine sanding and repairs
  • Exact profile dimensions are maintained with every knife change
  • Maximum tool life
  • Multiple profiles can be achieved through simple knife change or exchange of modular cutter disks
  • Reduced machine downtime, with no need for machine recalibration
  • Larger profiles and limited machine spindle wear
  • Lowest possible cost per unit of production

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