Lacon with Sustainable Growth
In an economically challenging environment between pandemic and strained supply chains, Lacon achieved powerful growth in 2021. With sales of over EUR 55 million, the ODM specialist was able to significantly exceed the goals it had set itself under difficult conditions: 22% growth in sales - Increasing order intake - Strong demand for original design manufacturing in the New Energy, e-Mobility and B2C business is also picking up.
"In the 2021 financial year, we were able to consistently further develop our strategy as a service and problem solver for digitized industrial engineering and achieve all operational and strategic goals," says Dr. Ralf Hasler, CEO of Lacon, satisfied with the course of business. "Despite the ongoing corona pandemic and increasing turmoil on the global procurement markets, Lacon again achieved a very good result in 2021."
Lacon is one of the top 20 EMS providers in Europe. But far beyond the core areas of printed circuit board assembly and cable assembly, the ODM service provider offers support in all questions of industrial engineering and production: The company accompanies its customers from the conception, development, design, to the manufacture of the products and the design of the Processes along the entire value chain: Original Design Manufacturing made in Germany.
In 2021, it was not only possible to win several large customers from innovative sectors from e-mobility or new energy, but also various start-ups in these sectors, as well as in the field of consumer electronics with know-how and production, successfully entering the market accompany.
In addition, Lacon was able to implement extensive ODM projects for its customers in 2021 with successful IoT developments.
The company, with its headquarters in Karlsfeld near Munich, relies on sustainable staff growth and its own training. CFO Ines Hillmann is delighted: "We are proud to have been recognized as a top employer again in 2022." The number of trainees and students in the company will continue to grow in 2021, and the total number of employees will rise to over 560.
"However, the market environment remains very challenging," explains Dr. Ralph Hasler. According to him, the aftermath of the two years of the pandemic, such as supply bottlenecks and the sharp rise in raw material and energy prices, will keep the company busy well beyond 2022. “In addition, there are geopolitical developments that were unthinkable until recently. We will therefore continue to consistently pursue our strategic orientation as an ODM and full service engineering service provider with IoT development and AI know-how in 2022.”
For example, a solution for the calculation of assemblies developed together with the AI start-up luminovo is about to be rolled out. In addition to the calculation, the tool predicts distortions in the supply chain in real time and suggests alternatives, as CEO Dr. Ralf Hasler reports: “This AI and cloud-based solution will be a game changer in the preparation of offers in industrial engineering. Just imagine having a complex initial quote on the table within 15 minutes of the request.”