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Lely Industies N.V.

Lely Industries develops, manufactures and internationally sells a complete range of products and services for the agricultural (dairy) sector; from automated feeding systems, barn cleaners and milking robots. The product development department of the Lely Group consists of more than 200 engineers. This department is responsible for the development, validation and production of many products, including:

- Lely Astronaut, the automated milking robot;
- Lely Vector, the automated feeding robot;
- Lely Juno, the automated feed pusher; and
- Lely Discovery (Collector), the automated manure collector (barn cleaner).

Lely's vision is: a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable future in the agricultural sector. To achieve this, innovations in the agricultural sector are of great importance and a recurring theme since the founding of Lely in 1948.

Important figures of the Lely Group (per end 2018)
1.600 FT
2 production facilities
4 R&D departments
1.600 active patents (own patent office)
Customers in more than 40 different countries
€ 416 mln. sales volume

The Lely Group headquarter is located in Maassluis (NL) and was founded by the brothers Cornelis and Arij van der Lely. The invention of the finger wheel rake in 1948 officially put Lely on the map as a developer of innovative agricultural solutions. By inventing products like the Lely fertilizer (1958) and Lelyterra harrow (1968) the brothers changed the traditional approach to agriculture in the following years. During the subsequent managing period of Olaf van der Lely, Lely shifted its attention to farming and invested in robot technology, which led to the Lely Astronaut robotic milking system (1992). In 2004 Olaf’s younger brother, Alexander van der Lely became CEO.

Large Industry
Alt The Netherlands

Project participation

ITEA 3 Call 5
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