LEMKEN, a sixth and seventh-generation family business, is a leading international manufacturer of agricultural machinery for soil cultivation, seeding and crop protection. We are closely aligned with farmers’ individual needs: Every implement is conceived from a basis in practical experience and made for practical use. Each of the over 1,100 LEMKEN employees worldwide lives and breathes agriculture, for only those with a deep understanding of agriculture are capable of producing agricultural machinery that meets all of the customer`s requirements. LEMKEN looks at innovation from the perspective of the people who use our implements, and that is how we break new ground both in the selection of materials and work processes, and in the functionalities and user-friendliness of our implements. Numerous patents and awards are evidence that this path is our company’s future.

Company details

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Crop Cultivation
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

As manufacturers of machinery for soil cultivation, sowing and crop protection, LEMKEN currently employs approximately 1,200 people worldwide. The company is in the sixth and seventh generation of ownership by the LEMKEN family. LEMKEN’s headquarters are located in Alpen, a town in the Lower Rhine area of Germany, 50 km north-west of Düsseldorf. LEMKEN produces about 14,400 machines per year with a turnover of 344 million € in 2014. Thus LEMKEN is one of the leading companies in Europe. With a market share of more than 40 % for reversible ploughs  LEMKEN is established as German market leader.

LEMKEN pursues a vision that allows farmers to work profitably - a vision in which our mutual success grows from the ongoing exchange between farmers, distributors and the manufacturer, and in which efficient technology sustainably helps secure the global food supply. This vision is what makes LEMKEN the Agrovision Company.

With our agricultural machinery, we aim to make an important contribution towards the harvest success and the improvement of our customers´ income. Better working results, long service life, and convenient operation are the decisive criteria for our research and development work. LEMKEN excels due to a close relationship with its customers.

Like a tailor-made suit
No two soils are identical. Based on our decade-long experience , we have developed a comprehensive product range for soil cultivation, sowing and plant protection. Therefore, you will find among the LEMKEN products, machinery which we manufacture individually according to the customers´ wishes - for all sorts of conditions, for conventional and minimum tillage, for small, medium or large farms, and for farmers and contractors. In addition, our implements can often be used in combination with one another to suit the prevailing soil or weather conditions. We would like to offer every customer the appropriate machine - like a tailor-made suit.

LEMKEN was founded in 1780 as a forge by Wilhelmus Lemken. The company remains a family business today and is still cultivating the tradition of its products, which are generally named after precious stones.

For decades, the renowned plough series “Diamant” and “Opal” have been making a contribution towards the improvement of productivity in progressive agriculture. With the “Smaragd” series, LEMKEN has considerably improved the technique of stubble cultivation. Today the “Smaragd” is one of the most widely used soil cultivation systems in Europe. In recent years, LEMKEN has proven its competence for gentle primary soil cultivation, versatile stubble cultivation, efficient tillage procedures and precise sowing technology through a large number of successfully introduced innovations. Since taking over the field sprayer manufacturers Jacoby and RTS, in 2005, LEMKEN has been offering an even more comprehensive programme in the entire area of professional arable farming.