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The LEMFÖRDER Brand
Pioneering. Precision. OE Heritage.

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German precision - world-renowned

LEMFÖRDER is the No.1 brand in original equipment steering and chassis components. As a trusted partner of over 50 vehicle manufacturers worldwide LEMFÖRDER is a leader in the development of innovative passenger car, motorcycle, HCV and off-road chassis technology.

For over 70 years LEMFÖRDER has been known for its pioneering spirit and passion for detail – setting the highest standards in steering and suspension.

Founded in Lemförde near Bremen, LEMFÖRDER still engineers over 90% of its parts in Germany. As part of a global organization, LEMFÖRDER follows the footprints of the automotive industry and has production and engineering sites all over the world. Each LEMFÖRDER part is rigorously tested before entering the market.

LEMFÖRDER is the No.1 brand in original equipment steering and chassis components. As a trusted partner of over 50 vehicle manufacturers worldwide LEMFÖRDER is a leader in the development of innovative passenger car, motorcycle, HCV and off-road chassis technology.

For over 70 years LEMFÖRDER has been known for its pioneering spirit and passion for detail – setting the highest standards in steering and suspension.

Founded in Lemförde near Bremen, LEMFÖRDER still engineers over 90% of its parts in Germany. As part of a global organization, LEMFÖRDER follows the footprints of the automotive industry and has production and engineering sites all over the world. Each LEMFÖRDER part is rigorously tested before entering the market.

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Welcome to Germany, where our pride in precision was born. Discover why LEMFÖRDER means quality without compromise and how every part made by LEMFÖRDER around the world is made with the same German values, attitude and minute attention to detail.

Welcome to Germany, where our pride in precision was born. Discover why LEMFÖRDER means quality without compromise and how every part made by LEMFÖRDER around the world is made with the same German values, attitude and minute attention to detail.

A reputation for perfection

As an OE supplier to vehicle manufacturers for decades, LEMFÖRDER has a reputation for developing products that are perfectly suited to the overall vehicle system. Through excellence in engineering, development and testing, bringing the benefits of generations of OE manufacturing expertise and a pioneering spirit to the aftermarket.

As an OE supplier to vehicle manufacturers for decades, LEMFÖRDER has a reputation for developing products that are perfectly suited to the overall vehicle system. Through excellence in engineering, development and testing, bringing the benefits of generations of OE manufacturing expertise and a pioneering spirit to the aftermarket.

  • Engineered for perfection
    Laboratory Research and Development

    LEMFÖRDER is a dynamic brand, always innovating. We use state-of-the-art technology in our processes to ensure parts are engineered to perfection with regards to forces, materials, dimensions, durability and function.

    LEMFÖRDER’s excellence in engineering has achieved advanced development of new lightweight composite parts for serial production across the world. Our production processes ensure parts are premium quality, with a longer life cycle, restoring the same comfort and safety to the vehicle that the driver enjoyed when it was brand new.

    Laboratory Research and Development

    LEMFÖRDER is a dynamic brand, always innovating. We use state-of-the-art technology in our processes to ensure parts are engineered to perfection with regards to forces, materials, dimensions, durability and function.

    LEMFÖRDER’s excellence in engineering has achieved advanced development of new lightweight composite parts for serial production across the world. Our production processes ensure parts are premium quality, with a longer life cycle, restoring the same comfort and safety to the vehicle that the driver enjoyed when it was brand new.

  • Developed to excel
    LEMFÖRDER Test Center Dielingen

    To achieve excellence in all we do, we examine every detail. LEMFÖRDER conducts tolerance tests to analyse the reaction of each material. We test all parts under all types of forces and road conditions, working directly with OE manufacturers to ensure each part is tested using machines that simulate extreme weather conditions and workloads.

    LEMFÖRDER leads development processes in cooperation with OEMs. And because we provide OE parts to OEMs we must follow their tests. Every part fulfils OEM requirements, which means the independent aftermarket gets the best possible parts from LEMFÖRDER.

    LEMFÖRDER Test Center Dielingen

    To achieve excellence in all we do, we examine every detail. LEMFÖRDER conducts tolerance tests to analyse the reaction of each material. We test all parts under all types of forces and road conditions, working directly with OE manufacturers to ensure each part is tested using machines that simulate extreme weather conditions and workloads.

    LEMFÖRDER leads development processes in cooperation with OEMs. And because we provide OE parts to OEMs we must follow their tests. Every part fulfils OEM requirements, which means the independent aftermarket gets the best possible parts from LEMFÖRDER.

  • Produced with precision
    Laser control test

    We constantly refine every part of every process to ensure that our parts are made with the most advanced production methods. LEMFÖRDER goes the extra mile, using specific technical processes that the competition does not match. Our fully automated production area in Diepolz (known as an elite plant) develops specific manufacturing processes, which are then rolled out and adopted in factories around the world.

    And we go further. LEMFÖRDER conducts electronic and visual controls at every stage of the production process, while the highest possible audit of the part quality given only through Automotive industry – Certification according to TS 16949.

    Laser control test

    We constantly refine every part of every process to ensure that our parts are made with the most advanced production methods. LEMFÖRDER goes the extra mile, using specific technical processes that the competition does not match. Our fully automated production area in Diepolz (known as an elite plant) develops specific manufacturing processes, which are then rolled out and adopted in factories around the world.

    And we go further. LEMFÖRDER conducts electronic and visual controls at every stage of the production process, while the highest possible audit of the part quality given only through Automotive industry – Certification according to TS 16949.

  • Precision in practice: LEMFÖRDER ball joints
    LEMFÖRDER ball joint

    LEMFÖRDER conducts a ball joint tempering process that is unique to the brand. We are the only brand that performs ball joint contouring to ensure the hardening thickness is 100 % guaranteed and controlled by an ultrasonic analysis.

    LEMFÖRDER makes ball joints which are harder, smaller, lighter, stronger and safer, allowing more space for fitting, more strength for safety and less weight to improve fuel consumption.

    LEMFÖRDER pioneered ball joints that don’t need to be regreased – saving time, effort and cost for the installer.

    LEMFÖRDER ball joint

    LEMFÖRDER conducts a ball joint tempering process that is unique to the brand. We are the only brand that performs ball joint contouring to ensure the hardening thickness is 100 % guaranteed and controlled by an ultrasonic analysis.

    LEMFÖRDER makes ball joints which are harder, smaller, lighter, stronger and safer, allowing more space for fitting, more strength for safety and less weight to improve fuel consumption.

    LEMFÖRDER pioneered ball joints that don’t need to be regreased – saving time, effort and cost for the installer.

  • LEMFÖRDER history
    LEMFÖRDER historical logo

    The traditional group of companies consisting of Lemförder Metallwaren AG and Lemförder Metallwaren J. Ulderup AG & Co based in Lemförde, Northern Germany, has been part of ZF Friedrichshafen AG since 1984. The logo with the owl (as well as three tie rods originally) has hardly changed since the Lemförder Metallwaren-Gesellschaft mbH was founded in 1947 and is still a guarantee for quality. The idea to incorporate an owl arose from the name of the company founder, Ulderup – "Ule" is the Low German word for owl.

    LEMFÖRDER historical logo

    The traditional group of companies consisting of Lemförder Metallwaren AG and Lemförder Metallwaren J. Ulderup AG & Co based in Lemförde, Northern Germany, has been part of ZF Friedrichshafen AG since 1984. The logo with the owl (as well as three tie rods originally) has hardly changed since the Lemförder Metallwaren-Gesellschaft mbH was founded in 1947 and is still a guarantee for quality. The idea to incorporate an owl arose from the name of the company founder, Ulderup – "Ule" is the Low German word for owl.

Leading suspension and steering technology: our products

LEMFOERDER quality certification

Quality Certification according to regulation (EU) No. 461/2010

Products sold by ZF Aftermarket under the LEMFÖRDER brand are spare parts within the meaning of Article 1 Figure (1) h) of Regulation (EU) No. 461/2010 dated May 27, 2010, and meet the criteria of Figures (19) and/or (20) of the supplementary guidelines on vertical restraints in agreements concerning the sale and servicing of automobiles and the sale of automobile replacement parts to the aforementioned regulation.

LEMFOERDER quality certification

Quality Certification according to regulation (EU) No. 461/2010

Products sold by ZF Aftermarket under the LEMFÖRDER brand are spare parts within the meaning of Article 1 Figure (1) h) of Regulation (EU) No. 461/2010 dated May 27, 2010, and meet the criteria of Figures (19) and/or (20) of the supplementary guidelines on vertical restraints in agreements concerning the sale and servicing of automobiles and the sale of automobile replacement parts to the aforementioned regulation.

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LEMFÖRDER products

LEMFÖRDER offers precision products for passenger cars and commercial vehicles and, with over 13 000 products, is the strong partner for the open aftermarket.

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