About Us – HISTORY

History of the Family Company

Family Tradition for more than 100 Years

Arnold Laschet Senior (1887-1979)The family name „LASCHET“ stands for a family business history for more than 100 years.

In 1918 Arnold Laschet (sen.) – born in Aachen – set up a com­pany in Essen (Ruhr area in Western Germany) with the main focus on machine-building, tool-making, fixture design, gear and machine tool manu­facturing as well as custo­mer-specific pro­duction (job shop).

Production Facility (1922)





Arnold Laschet (sen.) in his AMILCAR (1924)



Arnold Laschet (sen.), who was also strong in elec­trical articles, passed the corporate manage­ment after the Second World War to his sons Arnold Laschet (jun.) and Guenther Laschet.


Production and Assembly Plant (1959)



ARLA LogoThe machine products, which have always been associated with the name ARLA (abbreviation of the founder’s name Arnold Laschet), were con­se­quent­ly refined and distribut­ed.

Due to the further growth of the family-­owned busi­ness, the com­pany was splitted into two in­de­pen­dent legal enti­ties.



In 1984 Guenther Laschet founded together with his son Guenther Laschet (1924-2014) with his son (right)Dr.-Ing. Andreas Laschet ARLA Maschinen­technik GmbH in Kuerten, a small place east of the Cologne area. In 2002 the com­pany moved to Wipperfuerth, a 800 years old hanseatic town 40 km away from Cologne. With the brand name „ARLA“ the well-known ARLA Machine Pro­ducts (shift & engage levers, clamp­ing and work­holding sys­tems, machin­ing units, CNC end­work­ing machines) were deve­loped further, global­ly sold, and pre­sented at various interna­tional exhi­bitions and shows like TUBE, EMO, IMTS.


ARLA Office and Production/Assembly Plant (2004)

Another company branch covers the ARLA Engineer­ing Services; these activities are based on the thesis of Dr.-Ing. Andreas Laschet at the University of Technology in Aachen (RWTH Aachen) in 1988. These services are dedicated to the calcu­lation, simu­lation, and analysis of vibrations and the overall dynamic behavior in complete drive­lines (focused on torsional vibrations). This is a specialty with many applications in rotating machinery, in vehicles (cars, trucks), and also in ship drive­lines supported by powerful simulation soft­ware packages (like ARLA-SIMUL, ARLA-SIMSTAT, ITI-SIM, SimulationX, ARMD).

In 1998 ARLA started a cooperation with ESI-ITI, Dresden, Germany (concerning ITI-SIM and SimulationX) and RBTS, Phoenixville/Philadelphia (PA) in the US (concerning ARMD).

Based on these activities, Dr. Andreas Laschet achieved high reputation world­wide with more than 60 technical papers, publi­ca­tions, con­ference proceed­ings, book chapters, and seminar and training material.


Presence and Future

Starting with Nov 1, 2016 the complete ARLA business was splitted in the two domains „ARLA Machine Products“ and „ARLA Engineering Services“ and continued separately.

The ARLA Machine Products including the ARLA label are now in the hands of the Dutch company Copier Machinery, Giessen (NL) (www.copiermachinery.com).

Laschet Consulting GmbH: Engineering Service Provider and Technical ConsultancyThe ARLA Engineering domain is the main part of Dr. Laschet’s con­sult­ing and engi­neering com­pany Laschet Consulting. These activities are con­tinued from the new office in the „Technology­Park“ in Ber­gisch Glad­bach (TBG). Thus, the 100 year tra­dition goes on.


TBG Site (General View)

Office Building

Dr. Andreas Laschet (2020)








The core competence of Laschet Consulting is the professional engineer­ing service with the following subjects: vibration analysis, studying the dynamic behavior of complete drive­lines, customer con­sulting, and expert evaluations.

Based on the scientific works in this area of exper­tise, Dr. Andreas Laschet is go­ing to inten­sify these acti­vities.

Go to the ENGINEERING section of this web site to get more detailed infor­mation.


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Overview Engineering Services, Engineering Webinars & Seminars

Engineering Services: simulation of torsional and lateral vibrations in drives (machines, plants, vehicles, ships); ARMD software; international engineering webinars & seminars & short courses.

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Technical Consulting

Expert activities and technical consulting by an expert in many industrial fields; support in case of trouble­shooting for problem solving.

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