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What’s happening in and around Leitz? You can find out here. We inform you about current news regarding the company and our products and display important deadlines. We have also compiled all out current press releases here. Leitz – we keep you up-to-date.

Leitz wins the WOOD-TEC Award in Czechia

On the WOOD-TEC exhibition in Brünn, Leitz got an award for the BrillianceCut circular sawblade. The WOOD-TEC is the most important meeting place for ex-perts of the wood- and furniture industry in Czechia and Slovakia. Under the pat-ronage of EUMABOIS, the exhibition already took place for the 15th time. On four trade fair days, more than 11,000 visitors came to the exhibition site, 319 companies from 18 countries presented themselves.
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Leitz wins the AWFS® Visionary Award in Las Vegas

The BrillianceCut circular sawblade won the “Visionary Award” on the inter-national trade fair for wood processing and furniture production in North America. The new development from Oberkochen convinced in the tooling category. The award has been accepted by the daughter company Leitz Tool-ing Systems LP from Grand Rapids, USA.
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A life for and with Leitz – Retirement of Nejat Cankaya, Managing Director of the Turkish Daughter Company

After 23 years as Managing Director and founder of the Turkish Sales- and Service Company, Nejat Cankaya has retired with a festive evening. Nejat Cankaya still remains in the local Board of Directors.
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Leitz at Ligna 2017: Solutions in new dimensions

Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – For decades, Leitz innovations have moved customers forward in a competitive market, keeping them one step ahead with creative processing solutions that ensure quality and efficiency. Our progressive thinking and technology continue to set trends, achieving solutions that make production processes faster, more flexible and cost effective, and ensure the highest quality – while maximizing the combination of ecology and economy.
read more


Intelligent tools from Leitz manage production

Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – The new era of manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and The Smart Factory, presents new opportunities for production processes in manufacturing and for the tools used. In the future, tools will not only be responsible for the processing quality of the workpiece, but will become a central information medium to control complex manufacturing processes and processing efficiency.
read more


Sustainable Use of Oil Palm Wood for High Value-Added Products

Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – The international network “PalmwoodNet“ will present the results of their Oil Palm Wood project for the first time at LIGNA 2017.
read more


Bright prospects for processing PMMA and PC: The new Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades make it possible

Great news for all users dealing with PMMA or PC: With the new Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades, the saw blades supply a mark-free finish quality saving a lot of time and money in extra finishing
read more


Leitz receives the Top 500 Family-Owned Companies award

Oberkochen, 09.12.2016 – The owners of Leitz, Mrs. Monika Brucklacher and. Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher, received the prestigious “Top 500 Family Businesses Award”, presented by the Managing Director of Stiftung Familienunternehmen (Foundation for Family Businesses), Stefan Heidbreder.
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Head of the Leitz Corporate Group and Executive Director of VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) ret. Dr. Dieter Brucklacher has died

Prof. h.c. Dr. Dieter Brucklacher, the long-standing Chairman of the Management Board of Leitz GmbH & Co. KG, Oberkochen, passed away on September 27th, 2016 after a short illness at the age of 77. His wife Monika Brucklacher and his daughter Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher (Chairman of the Advisory Council), the Business management and all employees of the Leitz Corporate Group composed of Leitz GmbH & Co. KG (Oberkochen), Boehlerit GmbH & Co. KG (Kapfenberg, Austria), Bilz GmbH & Co. KG (Ostfildern) and all of their national subsidiaries, mourn a special person and an outstanding entrepreneur.
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14.11.2017

Leitz wins the WOOD-TEC Award in Czechia


Oberkochen/Brünn, Czechia, 14.11.2017 
On the WOOD-TEC exhibition in Brünn, Leitz got an award for the BrillianceCut circular sawblade. The WOOD-TEC is the most important meeting place for ex-perts of the wood- and furniture industry in Czechia and Slovakia. Under the pat-ronage of EUMABOIS, the exhibition already took place for the 15th time. On four trade fair days, more than 11,000 visitors came to the exhibition site, 319 companies from 18 countries presented themselves.


Ill. 1: Peter Husenica, Leitz Managing Director for Czechia and Slovakia, accepts the WOOD-TEC Award. (Picture: Leitz)

This year a new contest started with the aim putting the innovations, presented on the fair, in the spotlight. The registered exhibits have been evaluated in two categories by two separate expert juries. Leitz was awarded for the BrillianceCut circular sawblade in the category of machines, assets, tools and accessory. The new development from Oberkochen provides very smooth cutting surfaces as well as absolutely nick-free cutting edges when processing acrylic glass, Corian® and many other materials. Trimming, grinding, polishing – up to now three working steps have been obligatory. Now, grinding after trimming can be eliminated, making the production process more efficient thus saving a lot of time and money for the users. Already in July 2017, Leitz got the Visionary Award on the AWFS in Las Vegas for the BrillianceCut circular sawblade.


Ill. 2: The WOOD-TEC AWARD 2017. (Picture: Leitz)


Ill. 3: The Leitz BrillianceCut circular sawblade in use. (Picture: Leitz)



23.08.2017

Leitz wins the AWFS® Visionary Award in Las Vegas


The BrillianceCut circular sawblade won the “Visionary Award” on the inter-national trade fair for wood processing and furniture production in North America. The new development from Oberkochen convinced in the tooling category. The award has been accepted by the daughter company Leitz Tool-ing Systems LP from Grand Rapids, USA.
Oberkochen, August 23, 2017 – Every two years, the „AWFS® Visionary New Product Award“ appreciates creative, innovative and environmentally friendly prod-uct developments. Experts from various sectors of  wood processing and furniture industry inclusively professional final users, carpenters and company owners form the independent jury selecting the presented products in the following categories: Production methods, practicality, innovation and user friendlyness.


Ill. 1: The AWFS® Visionary Award together with the awarded Leitz BrillianceCut circular sawblade. (Picture: Leitz)

The BrillianceCut circular sawblade has been awarded in the tool category. During the processing of acrylic glass, Corian® and many other materials, it supplies very smooth surfaces as well as absolutely nick-free cutting edges. Cutting to size, grind-ing, polishing – up to now three working steps were obligatory. Grinding after cutting to size now can be omitted making the production process more efficient and saves the users time and money.


Ill. 2: Managing Director Mike Lind and Regional Sales Manager Mark Alster, both from Leitz USA, accept the award together with Sales Manager Edmund Mahler and Product Manager Markus Schneider. (Picture: Leitz)

The AWFS® takes place every two years in the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year approximately 12,300 registered visitors and 683 exhibiting companies from 67 nations were present. The leading suppliers for the wood- and furniture industry pre-sented wood processing machines, tool solutions, wooden elements, furniture com-ponents, floor coverings, connecting elements and further products relevant for this industry.


Ill. 3: BrillianceCut in use. (Picture: Leitz)





10.07.2017

A life for and with Leitz – Retirement of Nejat Cankaya, Managing Director of the Turkish Daughter Company


After 23 years as Managing Director and founder of the Turkish Sales- and Service Company, Nejat Cankaya has retired with a festive evening. Nejat Cankaya still remains in the local Board of Directors.
Oberkochen / Istanbul, 10.07.2017 – In the course of a festive dinner with shareholders and the Leitz Management as well as with the Management of the Leitz Group of Companies, Mr. Nejat Cankaya entered his well-earned retirement. Shareholders and Management thanked Cankaya for his work performed, his extraordinary engagement, his business vision as well as for his loyality towards Leitz during the last decades.  


Ill. 1: During the past 23 years Nejat Cankaya was responsible for the Leitz Kesici Management. (Picture: Leitz)

Mustafa Nejat Cankaya was born in 1947 in Istanbul, studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul and graduated in 1970 as an engineer. The beginnings of his career took him to various industrial companies both in Germany and in his home country. Cankaya‘s first contacts with the Leitz group of companies go back to the year 1976 when he moved to the Management of Böhler Sert Maden, one of  the companies of the Leitz group of companies. In the year 1993 he founded the sales- and service company Leitz Kesici in Istanbul as a daughter company of the Oberkochen headquarters. This was a very important step for Leitz in the course of the global growth strategy, as Turkey with about 75 million inhabitants has a very interesting domestic market and due to its central geographic location has influence on about 500 million people of the region. 

Under the guidance of Nejat Cankaya, the development of Leitz in Turkey was characterized by constant growth. This was mainly due to his feeling of the market, his customer orientation and his declared entrepreneurial instinct. Cankaya has positioned and strengthened the brand ‘Leitz‘ in Turkey as a premium product. He managed to increase the competition of Leitz Kesici and also the competition of the group of companies in general. His activities made it possible to build an economic and cultural bridge between the Turkish market and the headquarters in Oberkochen.

As an excellent team leader he employed his colleagues always according to their skills. Also here he showed his visions and his foresight. Thus, Cankaya already started at an early stage to develop a successor. With Yesari Yerli, Leitz Turkey gets a competent Managing Director who has obtained from his predecessors during years of cooperation the knowhow in order to continue making the brand ‚Leitz‘ successful. Nejat Cankaya, as an experienced market expert, will continue to accompany and advise the company’s fortunes in the local Board of Directors. 





14.02.2017

Leitz at Ligna 2017: Solutions in new dimensions


Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – For decades, Leitz innovations have moved customers forward in a competitive market, keeping them one step ahead with creative processing solutions that ensure quality and efficiency. Our progressive thinking and technology continue to set trends, achieving solutions that make production processes faster, more flexible and cost effective, and ensure the highest quality – while maximizing the combination of ecology and economy.
Year after year, Leitz continuously sets the benchmark for new, future-oriented technologies and products with ground-breaking solutions. At Ligna 2017, Leitz will again demonstrate its innovation power.

Sustainability
To consistently optimize the application of valuable resources, new ideas and methods are essential. Leitz is the first in the industry to invest in its own coating research and technology. Our customized Marathon high-performance coating in-creases tool life significantly and improves productivity. With our thin-kerf saw blade technology, Leitz demonstrates that less is much more – improving material utilization with the most minimal cutting widths.


Ill. 1: The Marathon high-performance coating, designed by Leitz, increases tool life and consistently improves productivity (picture: Leitz)

Flexibility
Our comprehensive range of products offers a multitude of options that provide excellent solutions for every application. In addition to this extensive offering, tech-nology combinations such as hybrid, integral and RipTec tools provide more ways to increase flexibility in production. Our re-sharpenable, constant diameter tooling systems ProFix and ProFix C, combined with the changeable knife system of Pro-filCut Q, offer a customized and efficient solution for each customer requirement. This diversity is unmatched in the market.


Ill. 2: The Leitz ProfilCut Q Premium is the fastest profile tooling system in the industry. Users can run higher cutting speeds with the same number of teeth, achieving higher productivity and improved output (picture: Leitz)

Productivity & Efficiency
With ProfilCut Q Premium, Leitz offers the fastest profile tooling system in the in-dustry. Users can run faster cutting speeds with the same number of teeth, achiev-ing higher productivity and improved output. ProfilCut Q also sets new standards in precision, cutting quality and handling. Additionally, the lifetime of the tool is signifi-cantly increased by the Marathon high-performance coating on the knives. Leitz EdgeExpert diamond tools are another solution for profitable production in many application areas. Beyond processing, Leitz focuses on reduced set-up and ma-chine downtime, optimizing the production process. An example is the Leitz Bril-lianceCut saw blade, which eliminates one complete working step. Through the combination of two tooling systems, the perfect synthesis of processing quality and cost efficiency becomes possible. Leitz hybrid technology combines tungsten car-bide tooling systems with diamond cutting edges, decisively optimizing production processes. A significant increase in performance and efficiency is also realized with Leitz Integral Technology – pre-cutting and finish processing in one tool.


Ill. 3: The Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blade eliminates one complete working step, optimizing the production process (picture: Leitz)

Expertise
Only the perfect interaction of human being, machine, workpiece and tool ensures optimal quality and efficiency that is critical to economic success. With more than 140 years of experience and process knowledge, Leitz is the only choice for achieving maximum functionality, process safety and efficiency with the most ex-pansive and innovative product offering.



Ill. 4: Technology combinations such as hybrid, integral and RipTec tools increase flexibility and allow for a perfect synthesis of processing quality and cost efficiency (picture: Leitz)

Reliability
Leitz is a manufacturing service provider and reliable partner to its customers. From our technical expertise when selecting the ideal solution from the Leitz assortment through pick-up and delivery service to trouble-free tool supply (CompleteCare) in various levels of Tool Management solutions – reliable and worldwide, Leitz is always the local supplier of choice.

Discover how Leitz continues on the path of innovation at Ligna 2017. Visit us in hall 15, stand F16, where we present our “Solutions to new dimensions”. We look forward to seeing you there!





14.02.2017

Intelligent tools from Leitz manage production


Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – The new era of manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and The Smart Factory, presents new opportunities for production processes in manufacturing and for the tools used. In the future, tools will not only be responsible for the processing quality of the workpiece, but will become a central information medium to control complex manufacturing processes and processing efficiency.
To fulfill this important role, it is necessary that the tool be able to identify itself with regard to its dimensional and operational characteristics. This on-board data includes basic elements regarding operational safety, and parameters for optimal processing efficiency.
The increasing complexity of CNC machines and production lines, along with the expanding variety of materials to be processed, confronts manufacturers with many challenges. Intelligent tools can help by providing important operational parameters for various raw materials. Information such as tool geometry, maximum RPM, direction of rotation, setting dimensions, feed rates in combination with RPM and correction data are programmed into the tool.


Ill. 1: Tool with QR Code (picture: Leitz)

Based on the data provided, a machine can set appropriate processing parameters. Feedback about the application allows in a learning system to register lifetime and critical operating conditions and to further optimize future production. Additional benefits from this link include improved operational safety, trouble-free resetting of tools and simulation of machining processes. This also results in quality improvement and increased energy efficiency, as the tools are always used in the rated range leading to stable and efficient production processes on the tool side.
Intelligent tools help to optimize production, as well as provide the basis to improve the total value-chain around the tool.
Tools become a knowledge base and consequently form the central communication unit of a standardized data structure (application data, critical values, history, process cycles, etc.).


Ill. 2: Tool with DataMatrix Code (picture: Leitz)

This electronic connection allows for:
•    assessment of the tool condition (wear)
•    determination of the remaining tool life – including forecasts about performance  time
•    allocation to the machine – including optimal changing cycles
•    allocation of maintenance parameters
•    tool tracking.


Ill. 3: Tool with Chip RFID (picture: Leitz)

In combination with the suitable Tool Management model, a simplification of the total tool logistics is achieved. This results in an increase of availability, reduction of inventory, increase of process efficiency, development of process know-how and simplified tool programing.


Ill. 4: Tool with Chip NFC (picture: Leitz)

Through increased linking in the production process and along the complete value-chain, tools in the future will play a central role and provide Plug & Play solutions, which optimize manufacturing efficiency on a continuous basis.

The type of tool coding is not playing a mayor role, more important is the clear identification, the collection and the provision of the data.





14.02.2017

Sustainable Use of Oil Palm Wood for High Value-Added Products


Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – The international network “PalmwoodNet“ will present the results of their Oil Palm Wood project for the first time at LIGNA 2017.
Project Background
The total plantation area for oil palms amounts to over 20 million hectares worldwide and is expected to further increase. Oil palm plantations are exclusively planted for palm oil which is used in the food and biochemical industries as well as for energy. Environmental destruction, loss of bio diversity and human rights violations through massive and partly illegal planting of oil palm plantations have been widely reported on.

The present project does not deal with palm oil but with the utilization of an up to date “wasted” raw material – oil palm wood!

When palm oil plantations were originally established, the question what would happen to the biomass, especially the oil palm trunks, after replanting was not in the foreground.

The fact is, oil palm plantations exist and they are gradually being replanted as oil yield decreases significantly after a palm age of 15 to 20 years. Based on a planted area of about 20 mill. ha, an average of 0.8 mill. ha annually would have to be re-planted on a long term basis. As a result, large volumes of the resource oil palm wood will accrue in Asia, Africa and South America. Estimates forecast 100 to 120 million cubic meters of trunks per year.

Presently, oil palm trunks are left to rot, in some cases chipped as fertilizer (with subsequent fungal attack) or even burnt. All three procedures are highly detrimental for the environment due to rapid CO2 emissions.

Furthermore a valuable resource which accrues in any case remains unused with the consequent economic and ecological disadvantages. The main reasons for the non-utilization is that oil palm wood strongly differs from “normal” wood in terms of extreme density distribution within the trunk, the very high contents of water, silicates, sugar and starch. This results in a very different structure and properties of oil palm wood and processing requirements in comparison to “normal” wood species. Botanically, an oil palm is not a tree (dicotyledon) but a grass (monocotyledon).



Ill. 1: Lightweight core panel with a core of oil palm wood and a cover layer of beech veneer (picture: Leitz)



Ill. 2: 3-layer board of oil palm wood (picture: Leitz)

To date, the required knowhow and technology for an efficient use oil palm wood is not available.

However, the use of oil palm trunks can significantly reduce the pressure on natural forests by replacing the timber extracted. In Asia, the ongoing dramatic decrease in available timber from natural forests and relatively small volumes from plantations (e.g. Rubberwood, Aciacia mangium) have already lead to wood shortages. Illegal harvests further aggravate the situation. In the future, without using oil palm wood, population and economic growths will convert Asia into one of the largest importers of wood and wooden products.

At this point, it must be emphasized again that the wood of oil palm trunks never was and never will be the production target of oil palm plantations as revenues from wood fall far below those of oil fruits. Nevertheless, the utilization of an anyhow existing resource is an ecologic and economic imperative.

Project Description
Earlier studies and pilot projects on the utilization of oil palm trunks for products have shown high technical and economic potentials. However, due to the afore mentioned reasons there are no industrial implementations yet.

The overall project objective is the best possible use of timber from unproductive, overaged oil palms for the production of high value-added products, e.g. one-layer and multi-layer panels, blockboards, gluelam in standard dimensions and cross laminated timber (CLT) in Thailand and Malaysia.  The project is to set the ground for a sustainable use of oil palm wood taking into account technical, economic, ecologic and social aspects.

Conservation of resources and tropical forests, climate protection, generation of jobs and income in the resource countries and new market development are objectives pursued by the project. Only plantation holders who have certified a substantial share of their planation areas according to international standards can participate in the project. In the framework of this project a Chain-of-Custody system for oil palm wood which corresponds to that for “normal  wood products is developed. Oil palm wood is not subject to the European Timber Trade Regulation (EUTR), however certificates of origin through the above certification system are possible without difficulty.

For implementing the project, different companies and institutions have joined in the international network “PalmwoodNet” in a multi-stakeholder approach. Members of PalmwoodNet are the five core partners Jowat SE, Detmold; Minda Industrieanlagen GmbH, Minden; Möhringer Anlagenbau GmbH, Wiesentheid;  Leitz GmbH + Co. KG, Oberkochen together with Boehlerit GmbH & Co. KG, Kapfenberg/Austria and Palmwood R+D, Freiburg as well as different German universities  and other industry partners who assume specific development and implementation tasks.

Furthermore, a number of project partners including R+D institutions, universities, wood working companies and plantation holders from Malaysia and Thailand have been integrated in the network.

Leitz and Boehlerit work contents are the interpretation of the cutting processing to produce the planned products of oil palm wood referring the suitable working processes and hogging procedures. Among these particularly are the development of suitable cutting materials and tools to achieve the required quality and efficiency of cutting processes.

The PPP-Project „Oil Palm Wood“ sponsored by DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) with funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development was officially started in November 2015 under the leadership of the project coordinator Jowat SE.


Ill. 3: Oil palm wood structure with high density (picture: Leitz)



Ill. 4: Example of a door panel: Light core of oil palm wood, hardwood frame and plywood cover layer (picture: Leitz)

Currently, work results and solutions are available from the following areas:
•    Suitable products from oil palm wood
•    Primary and secondary processing techniques, including wood preservation and drying
•    Machines and tools
•    Adhesive technology
•    Ecology and sustainable supply
•    Financial data for assessing performance and competitiveness, etc.

These project results will be presented for the first time to the public at LIGNA fair by the core and associated network partners. Visit Leitz at Ligna 2017 (Hall 15) to learn more about our involvement in the Oil Palm Wood project.





11.10.2016

Bright prospects for processing PMMA and PC: The new Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades make it possible


Great news for all users dealing with PMMA or PC: With the new Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades, the saw blades supply a mark-free finish quality saving a lot of time and money in extra finishing
Oberkochen, October 11th, 2016 – Trimming, sanding and polishing – three working steps normally necessary for fine finish in acrylic glass (PMMA) or polycarbonate panels (PC) processing. The newly designed Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades drastically reduce the need for extra finishing processes. In the case of processing PMMA and PC break-out is reduced, leaving a fine finish quality. Leitz customers who have tested BrillanceCut have confirmed reduction in the finishing process.


Ill. 1: BrillianceCut - a close-up view (picture: Leitz)

This makes BrillianceCut sawblades the best solution for PMMA and PC specialists. The Leitz engineers in Oberkochen have designed a specific cutting geometry to exactly match these working materials. At Holz-Handwerk 2016 Leitz presented new innovations for circular saw blades – new laser ornaments are now filled with a special damping material. Thus, BrillianceCut belongs to the Leitz Excellent family of tooling: Higher stability and quiet running with high quality of finish.


Ill. 2: BrillianceCut – in practice. (picture: Leitz)

The BrillianceCut circular saw blades supply perfect results, especially with respect to PMMA and PC processing but also in other plastics and compound materials. Leitz customers have also tested the new Leitz circular saw blades with PA, PVC, HPL, Alucobond® as well as with some polymer-bound materials, for example Corian®.


Ill. 3: BrillianceCut - application example (picture: Leitz)

The BrillianceCut circular saw blades are available from stock with diameters of 350, 380, 400 and 450 mm for all standard panel sizing sawing machines. For users working with special machines, Leitz offers special production of this new type of saw blade.





09.12.2016

Leitz receives the Top 500 Family-Owned Companies award


Oberkochen, 09.12.2016 – The owners of Leitz, Mrs. Monika Brucklacher and. Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher, received the prestigious “Top 500 Family Businesses Award”, presented by the Managing Director of Stiftung Familienunternehmen (Foundation for Family Businesses), Stefan Heidbreder.
The award is based on a study made by the foundation: „The economic importance of family businesses“, which has been updated every two years since 2006 by re-nowned economic research institutes. The study demonstrates that the group of large family businesses contributes disproportionately to growth and employment in our country and generates better development than non-family-run DAX enterprises.

The ranking is based on revenue and employment as well as on types of trades. The Leitz Group is placed 198th with the sector of the largest German family controlled companies and 44th in the state of Baden Württemberg.


Ill. 1: Stefan Heidbreder, Managing Director of Foundation for Family Businesses handing over the TOP 500 award to the LEITZ owners, Monika Brucklacher (on the right) and Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher (picture: Leitz)

Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher, main shareholder and chairman of advisory board, thanked her colleagues of the Advisory Board, the Executive Management Board and the Leitz staff: „ All of you have contributed to this success“. Special thanks go to her late father, Dr. Dieter Brucklacher, who shaped the development of the family company for more than 40 years.





29.09.2016

Head of the Leitz Corporate Group and Executive Director of VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) ret. Dr. Dieter Brucklacher has died


Prof. h.c. Dr. Dieter Brucklacher, the long-standing Chairman of the Management Board of Leitz GmbH & Co. KG, Oberkochen, passed away on September 27th, 2016 after a short illness at the age of 77. His wife Monika Brucklacher and his daughter Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher (Chairman of the Advisory Council), the Business management and all employees of the Leitz Corporate Group composed of Leitz GmbH & Co. KG (Oberkochen), Boehlerit GmbH & Co. KG (Kapfenberg, Austria), Bilz GmbH & Co. KG (Ostfildern) and all of their national subsidiaries, mourn a special person and an outstanding entrepreneur.
Oberkochen, September 29, 2016 - Dr. Dieter Brucklacher was born in 1939 in Oberkochen. He studied physics at the University of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe from 1959 to 1965. From 1966 to 1974 he was working as a scientific employee for the research institute „Institut für Material- und Festkörperforschung mbH“ in Karlsruhe.
Dr. Dieter Brucklacher was appointed Managing Director in 1975. In addition to his management tasks he crowned his academic career with a doctorate in engineering sciences at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe.

In 1982 Dr. Brucklacher took over the position of Chief Executive Officer at Leitz. With his strategic vision he expanded the traditional company from one to two company groups; one specializing in machine tooling for wood and plastics and from the 90's tooling for metals processing.
Since the 2000’s, under the direction of Dr. Brucklacher, the company groups Leitz and LMT have become worldwide operating enterprises and are world market leading leaders in their segments. Dr. Brucklacher was active in the company until his last day.

Dr. Brucklacher gained a worldwide reputation in his industries through his activities. In 1997 he was elected President of the Regional Association Baden-Württemberg of VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association). In 2007 he became President of the Federal Association of VDMA in Frankfurt and at the same time the admission and inclusion to the chairmanships of the Federal Association of German Industries (BDI) and of the Confederation of the German Employers' Associations (BDA), both headquartered in Berlin.


The knowledge and experience of this successful entrepreneur were highly sought after both nationally and internationally: in 2002 Dr. Brucklacher was appointed as an honorary professor of the Nanjing Forestry University in China. He joined the supervisory bodies of many renowned companies.

In 2008 he was awarded the German "Bundesverdienstkreuz erster Klasse" (German Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class).This is just one of numerous awards he received worldwide. In 2014 he was awarded the honour of „Award German Mechanical Engineering“ (Preis Deutscher Maschinenbau) for his life's work. Dr. Brucklacher was an honorary citizen of his home town, Oberkochen.

But also as a friend and patron of music and the fine arts, Dr. Brucklacher had become known far beyond the borders of his region. Out of his love for Jazz, he established the International Music Festival “Jazz Lights”, which will take place for the 27th time next spring.





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73447 Oberkochen
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