A Journey to the Past

In the depths of the LEMKEN archives, drawings of days long past were slumbering.
While today, construction drawings are produced with modern CAD programmes, before digitalisation, this was done with a pen and ink!

LEMKEN Nederland wordt 50 jaar

The LEMKEN branch in the Netherlands is not quite as old as the headquarters in Alpen. But even there, birthdays were – and are still – celebrated. In 1978, this flyer drew attention to the 50th anniversary of LEMKEN Netherlands – in times before advertising on Facebook and Instagram.

Weather Station in Progress…

Many years ago – when drafts and drawings were still being made on the drawing board – the basic idea for the LEMKEN weather station, today’s iQblue Clara, was born.

Some experts might say that it is only a simple thermometer, but it is clearly the weather station of the 20th century!

For more information about iQblue Clara, visit:

Beauty Shots – In the Past and Today

Dance of the ploughs

Even ploughs can dance – See how impressively the LEMKEN ploughs danced at the 1998 Ploughing World Cup ballet!

Our sign – a poem

The ring describes the world in full,
One field in which a plough can till,
The plough within, so big it fills
The earth with all its many miles.

Think you the plough too large in girth,
Taking up all the space on earth?
Think you it wants no room at all,
The earth so big, the plough so small?

Consider when you see this sign,
And when you come to read these lines,
How sorry our world’s state would beIf
of the plough it were quite free!

Karl Cleve

How it all started…

The Lemken family in front of the forge in Birten, Niederrhein.

By handshake

Theodor van Laak, head of development and design at LEMKEN from 1959 to 1992, was responsible for groundbreaking inventions and patents that established the company’s reputation as a manufacturer of innovative and high-quality equipment and machinery for agricultural engineering. On October 1, 1959, the newly qualified engineer for agricultural machinery was hired with a handshake “right out of school”.


We used to say: If you don’t have blue in your bedroom, you’re not at LEMKEN.

Cilli Overhoff Technical Officer (1955-1992)