From the VW Polo Engine for the Trabi and Wartburg

to „LACH DIAMANT made in Saxony”

This is a piece of industrial history written for the present “auto land” Saxony LACH DIAMANT, the diamond tool manufacturer from Hanau, was founded in 1922 and is considered the pioneer in the development of polycrystalline diamond tools (PCD). They received an order from VW before the reunification to supply the basic equipment for PCD processing for the VW Polo aluminium engine for the Barkas Plant in Karl Marx City. Nobody could anticipate that this was the reason leading to the founding of “LACH DIAMANT made in Saxony” . During the reunification time it had to be recognized that only two tool grinding ma-chines of the Type SWU existed, one in Jena and the other one in Chemnitz. Only these machines were capable to resharpen polycrystalline diamond tools (PCD). In 1991 this was the actual start of the enterprise “LACH DIAMANT made in Saxony”. Three employees in the Chemnitz area were hired and trained for several months at the specially developed grinding machines at LACH DIAMANT’s head office in Hanau. Af-ter a successful training phase the operation was started in a rented facility in Ober-lichtenau. At this time the young team encountered bad luck because the manufacturing of the VW Polo aluminium engine, including all PCD cutting tools was moved to China. Luckily VW-Salzgitter contributed grinding orders for PCD tools, enabling the young enterprise to develop further. In 1997 the point was reached to assign more responsibility to the “Saxony Team”. In the newly developed industrial area in Ottendorf/Lichtenau a building site was ac-quired and crowned with a 900 m2 industrial building. Step by step the entire manufacturing of polycrystalline diamond tools (PCD) for the processing and machining of aluminum, plastic/composite materials, wood and circuit board materials could be relocated to the plant in Ottendorf/Lichtenau. When, finally, the plant was bursting at the seams, the management team under the leadership of Horst Lach and Dipl.-Ing. Robert Lach decided to enlarge the facility by a new building, resulting in doubling the production area.   This new building project was finished thanks to the support of the Sächsische Aufbau-bank (SAB). The move is running at full speed. For all who want to know more about “LACH DIAMANT made in Saxony,” visit the SIT (Trade Show for Industry and Technology) running from February 28 to March 2, 2007. Please stop by the LACH DIAMANT Information booth in Hall 1, Booth G2. LACH DIAMANT will display the entire manufacturing program of the PCD tools made in Saxony, as well as the diamond and CBN grinding wheels and diamond dressing tools made in the Hanau plant. The trade show team is looking forward to your visit.