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Innovation is integral to LAPP’s DNA. It is present in everything we do – from the further development of industrial networking to corporate social responsibility. We promote a culture of experimentation, where the customer always comes first. In the futureBlog, you can read stories of successful projects that came to fruition this way.

60 years of LAPP, 60 years of future

The residential house of the Lapp family in Stuttgart, winter 1958

1957 ÖLFLEX®: The beginning of our story

It is the age of West Germany’s economic miracle, and industry is booming. But in factories, workers still have to manually insert wires individually into sheaths when cabling machinery. This is a complex and time-consuming process. Oskar Lapp has a better idea. He develops the first flexible, industrially manufactured control cable with different coloured cores. Oskar and Ursula Ida Lapp name the oil-resistant and flexible cables ÖLFLEX®. By doing so, they create the first branded product in this sector. In the beginning, the company is based and stores its products in the couple’s house in Stuttgart’s Vaihingen district.

First stone laying of Lapp's new Kabelwerk

A dream come true

Ursula Ida Lapp registers the company U.I. Lapp KG, named after herself. For Oskar Lapp, it is the realisation of his long-held dream. The company begins operations with a bank loan of 50,000 marks. Oskar Lapp focuses on the technical side, while his wife Ursula Ida takes care of commercial matters.

Historical exterior view of the Lapp Kabelwerk building

The company grows

The Lapps found further companies, including Lapp Kabelwerke GmbH in 1963. Even at this early point in its history, the company produces cables to customer requirements. In 1965, the company headquarters moves from the couple’s house in Vaihingen to its current location just a few kilometres away on Schulze-Delitzsch-Strasse.

Four people signing a contract with Lapp in the US, 1979

Lapp goes international

The Lapps found Ölflex Inc. in the USA, the company’s first international subsidiary. Back then, this was an unusual step for such family-run businesses. But their courage is rewarded with success, as American customers appreciate the customer orientation and excellent service.

A portrait of Siegbert Lapp

The second generation

Siegbert Lapp, the son of the founder, sets up S. Glaskabel GmbH. Known today as Lapp Systems GmbH, it offers customised connection systems.

A portrait of Oskar Lapp

A new era

The death of Oskar Lapp marks the end of an era and the start of another. Together with her sons Andreas and Siegbert Lapp, Ursula Ida Lapp continues to run the business in the spirit of its founder.

Ursula Ida Lapp delivers a speech at an event of the Oskar Lapp Foundation

The Oskar Lapp Foundation

The Oskar Lapp Foundation is set up to honour the memory of the company founder. It is dedicated to research into heart disease. The Oskar Lapp Research Prize supports young scientists.

Exterior view of the LAPP Headquarters in Bhopal

Becoming a global player

The number of international subsidiaries continues to grow. The group is now represented in the main markets in Asia, Europe and America. The LAPP Group employs 2,500 people in 50 businesses and has over 100 national partners around the world.

Andreas Lapp on his appointment as Honorary Consul

Andreas Lapp is named Honorary Consul

After years of personal and professional dedication, Andreas Lapp was appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of India for Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate in 2001. “The country is close to my heart,” says Andreas Lapp. The company set up an independent production facility in Bangalore already in 1996. Today, LAPP has 1,500 customers in India.

Going online

LAPP becomes one of the first companies in the connection technology sector to offer its customers an online store. The print catalogue continues to be published to this day, however.

A green vintage car loaded with a huge cable spool is standing in front of a crowd

ÖLFLEX® World Tour

An ÖLFLEX® cable drum is sent around the world. On its journey, it visits eleven LAPP sites, travels over 51,000 km and is signed by over 2,500 people.

Interior view of LAPP's logistic centre in Ludwigsburg

New logistics centre opens

LAPP sets new benchmarks with its new service and logistics centre in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart. With over 320,000 square feet of floorspace, it stores up to 90,000 cable drums that can be loaded onto trucks via 30 ramps. The warehouse is fully automated and customers in Germany receive their goods within 24 hours.

From components to systems

LAPP increasingly offers system solutions, including pre-assembled servo cables and power chains. This range of products is bundled under the new name ÖLFLEX® CONNECT.

Barack Obama and Angela Merkel visiting the LAPP exhibition booth at Hannover Messe

Distinguished guest at the Hannover Fair

In 2016, then-US President Barack Obama visited LAPP’s booth together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to find out about all our product highlights and innovations. The president was impressed: “LAPP is a successful role model, even for companies in the USA.”

Matthias Lapp is standing in front of a wired globe

The third generation

Matthias Lapp assumes responsibility for the businesses in Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East. The baton is therefore handed over to the third generation of the Lapp family.

Exterior view of the new European headquarters of LAPP in Stuttgart

European headquarters

More responsive, versatile, and communicative – LAPP opens its doors to the future with its new European headquarters. The recently constructed building at the company headquarters in Stuttgart breaks new ground with its office concept. The work environment is now based on the open-plan approach. Rather than having separate rooms with locked offices and restricted access, everything is out in the open at the new European headquarters. Open for more communication, collaboration, knowledge exchange and creativity. Additionally, team zones, think tanks, lounges and project zones were integrated in many different locations.

Das neue LAPP Logo aus Acryl steht auf einem Tisch

A new name

The company is gaining a reputation as a systems supplier with seamless international service, having long ceased to be solely a cable producer. To match this, the company renames itself as simply LAPP. The new name is used around the world for all group companies.

Federal President Steinmeier poses with members of the Lapp family for a souvenir photo

Federal President Steinmeier at LAPP

A prominent visitor dropped by LAPP: In 2018, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender visited LAPP to learn about the implementation and challenges of in-house training. This event was inspired by the theme week of professional training, for which the couple served as patrons. They paid visits to numerous facilities across Germany in this context.

Market opportunities Africa: Festivities are held on a small stage at College Andreas Lapp

A matter of the heart: the Collège Andreas Lapp

Last autumn, the “Collège Andreas Lapp” was officially opened in Galebre, Ivory Coast. The initiative to establish the school goes back to Désiré Kope, a long-time LAPP employee who works at the LAPP Logistics and Service Centre in Ludwigsburg. For many years, he saved up to start a school in his home country in Ivory Coast. Thanks to the ongoing financial support of Andreas Lapp, he was able to make his dream a reality.

Exterior view of Lapp's South African headquarters

New logistics centre in Poland

In early November, the new LAPP logistics centre for infrastructure pipelines in Poland near Wrocław started operation. Now, customers from the construction industry, the energy sector and plant construction can be served faster and better than ever. The logistics centre allows LAPP to provide more volume at short notice and to respond even more efficiently to individual customer requirements. Furthermore, the new warehouse will help other locations to reduce their loads by using large drums to haul away their products.

A portrait of Ursula Ida Lapp

Ursula Ida Lapp turns 90 – we salute her life’s work

With courage, foresight and a remarkable amount of will power, Ursula Ida Lapp transformed our company into the world market leader for integrated connection systems. This year, we are not only celebrating “60 years of Lapp – 60 years of the future”, but especially the 90th birthday of our company founder. She has received many awards for her achievements as an entrepreneur, as well as for her charitable work, including the Federal Cross of Merit. From the bottom of our hearts, we wish her a happy birthday!


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