Headquartered in Lennestadt in southern Sauerland, HEINRICHS GmbH & Co. KG is an owner-managed medium-sized company in the metalworking industry, which has been family-owned and is now in the fourth generation.
Our company was founded in 1913 by Wilhelm Heinrichs in Plettenberg in Westphalia. His son Karl Heinrichs moved the headquarters of the company in 1937 to Meggen. While in the post-war years, mainly fittings and washers were produced there at first, over the last decades we have developed into a competent supplier for complex pressed, drawn and stamped parts.
Today, with more than 260 employees in our two plants in Lennestadt as well as over 140 further employees in our subsidiaries , we produce approximately 2,600 articles using stamping and forming technology as well as die-cast aluminium.
Amongst our more than 180 customers, which we have been supplying directly for decades, are almost all the major German automobile manufacturers and renowned system suppliers. In addition, we are one of the largest European manufacturers of special fittings for HGVs.
The high qualification level of our staff, the modern technical outfitting of our plants and our lean organisation stand at the core of our competitiveness.
We design the punching and forming tools required for manufacturing our products in our own construction area mostly ourselves.
The complex progressive and transfer die tools with which we produce large runs, as well as our insert tools and fixtures, are currently being used to the highest standards in our state-of-the-art toolmaking department with currently more than 90 staff at our headquarters in Lennestadt and in Kaunas / Lithuania. In addition, we also manufacture tools to our high standards with partners throughout Europe and the Far East - and all in a professionally managed manner.
In toolmaking in particular, but also in other technical areas, we attach great importance to our own training and education processes. With our highly qualified, youthful team, we are safeguarding our know-how and competence also for the future.
In our production areas, we manufacture sophisticated components using modern stamping machines and servo presses working at a press capacity of between 30 and 1,000 t and a maximum table size of 4.50 m with the progressive and transfer die procedures. In some cases, operations such as thread forming, riveting or welding are also integrated into the stamping process.
We also of course have a large number of conventional hydraulic and eccentric presses operating at press forces of between 5 and 630 t. We process all common types of steel and stainless steel as well as aluminium at thicknesses of between 0.05 and 8 mm (from the coil) - and even up to 20 mm in the infeed presses.
In order to meet the many requirements of our customers and to be able to produce even complex assemblies, we use almost all the commonly used process and joining techniques. In our own welding area we can perform projection, spot, TIG, MIG and MAG welding. Laser welding work is carried out by specialised partner companies. We have numerous robot welding systems as well as a portal welding machine. We also join, clinch, rivet and assemble using various systems and techniques.
As one of the largest European manufacturers of special fittings for HGVs, we also supply coupling heads, line filters, shut-off valves and accessories made of die-cast aluminium. The required die-cast aluminium housings, plastic and special parts are mostly made on-site using our tools and on our own specially designed processing machines, with some of them in Turkey.
The entire assembly takes place on our automated assembly lines both in our German and in our Lithuanian plants, all of which also includes a 100% control on function and tightness.
In order to be able to deliver more than 2,600 current articles on time to our customers all over the world, we have our own logistics centre outfitted with numerous order picking, packing and separation stations. Attached to this is a high-bay warehouse with 3,500 lattice box and container places.
We are certified according to IATF 16949 and the environmental standard ISO 14001. In addition, we have been audited by numerous well-known customers as an A-supplier.
As an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO / known consignor), we also make an important contribution to optimising our international supply chain process for our export customers.
In addition to our two plants in Lennestadt, we also have a production site in Lithuania. We also hold shares in other companies. Due to our extensive manufacturing capabilities at home and abroad, we are able to offer our customers a complete range of parts: from conventional stamped parts through demanding 3-D parts to complex assemblies, we deliver everything from one-off to large-scale productions from a single source.
Reliability, consistency, flexibility, innovative capability and customer proximity have always been at the core of our corporate philosophy. In order to be an efficient partner for all our customers, and one who can also be relied upon in highly demanding complex situations, we are in a state of constant evolution. From development through design and prototype construction to toolmaking and series production, we can be your trusted partner.