On Wednesday, 19 April 2023, Siegbert E. Lapp died at the age of 70 in a tragic traffic accident for which he was not responsible. With him, the family loses their beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. LAPP loses a passionate entrepreneur, courageous visionary and inspiring inventor.
Siegbert E. Lapp, the eldest son of the two company founders Oskar and Ursula Ida Lapp, inherited his enthusiasm for technology from his father. In 1967, he began an apprenticeship as a toolmaker. He then studied mechanical engineering and industrial engineering at the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and graduated with distinction. After several stays abroad in various companies in the cable industry, he joined Lapp GmbH Kabelwerke in 1980 as a technical assistant. Since then, he has set important impulses for the further development of the group and was primarily responsible for the areas of technology and production as well as research and development. When his father and company founder Oskar Lapp died in 1987, Siegbert E. Lapp took over the management of the company with his mother Ursula Ida Lapp and his brother Andreas Lapp.
Together with Andreas Lapp, he pursued the internationalisation of the group with great courage and strategic vision. He built and promoted numerous production and development facilities in Europe and around the world, including in India, Korea and the USA. Under his leadership, the largest production facility to date was built in Forbach, France.
An important focus was the development and protection of the intellectual property of the company group. To this end, he founded the company Lapp Engineering in Cham, Switzerland, in 2005. He was particularly proud of the technical inventions and the patents that he brought to registration. In this way, he made a significant contribution to positioning the Lapp Group competitively and innovatively on the world market. This is how he ensured that LAPP’s inventive spirit continued.
In 2015, he moved to the supervisory board, which he took over as chairman from Ursula Ida Lapp.
Siegbert E. Lapp has also always been committed to social topics. As a founding member and board member of the Kind e.V. association in Stuttgart, he successfully advocated for a better work-life balance. Another of Siegbert E. Lapp’s major concerns was the Oskar Lapp Foundation, which is committed to cardiovascular research. He was chairman of the foundation’s board of trustees and always promoted young talent by founding several LAPP Centres of Excellence worldwide to provide young people with electrical engineering training. For his extraordinary commitment at the community level, he was made an honorary citizen of the municipality of Edolo, Italy.
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