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Smart Factory Group

The Smart Factory Group is Leadec‘s innovation hub. We bring ideas to Most-Viable-Services (MVS) in joint collaboration with our divisional experts and international IoT partners. 

Smart services for smart factories

Our focus is generating value through business models in existing or newly developing digital ecosystems. We support our customers to bring factories to the next level of performance by transforming data to valuable insights and information. A broad technology portfolio and industrial IoT platforms are our enablers on the journey to the factory of the future.

How we work

The Smart Factory Group is operating globally. We assess and fund value creation through IoT and draw on the many years of knowledge our colleagues have gained from numerous projects. We are completely open and neutral towards platforms, technologies and systems. Our ambition is to be a partner to industry platforms, ecosystems and academic communities. Start-up mentality and the idea of open innovation is part of our DNA. In this way we act without boundaries and from the interface with machine and software providers.

Our topics

We use our Leadec-IoT-Home-Cloud, which is embedded within the Leadec.os platform, to connect and to scale our IoT-based services. 'Everything-as-a-service' is our credo.


We generate valuable information through the combination and processing of data from various sources and systems in the factory. Leadec‘s factory experts help us on a seamless information flow from data acquisition and API development via data structuring/enrichment to information visualization and automated data-driven activities on our, or on partner platforms.


Our targets are new and integrated factory services.

What drives us

'Connectivity, industrial platforms and data security regulations are enabling smart production in smart ecosystem. At Leadec we already service the entire factory life cycle. We see ourselves as a 'facilitator of the ecosystem' and as such look deeply into integrated service concepts including flexible pay-per-X models.'

Dr. Bernd Voelpel, Global Head of Smart Factory Group

Find out more:

  • Video

    Leadec Factory Talks – Episode 2: Factory Planning

    State-of-the-art factories are expected to run more efficiently and place new demands on their operators. From networked production processes and a high degree of automation to close cooperation with customers and suppliers. What does this mean for the field of production planning?

  • Article

    A First in Finance: Green Factoring

    How are respect for human rights and environmental protection related to the cost of a financial product? More directly than you might think. In Germany, Leadec has now developed and concluded the first so-called ESG-linked factoring agreement with a major financial partner.

  • Article

    IoT-Orchestrated Services

    Technical services such as cleaning, maintenance, and repair of facilities are increasingly offering potential for improving the economy of production. The global industrial service provider Leadec operates its own IoT infrastructure to improve the efficiency of its existing offerings for plant operators – or to make completely new ones possible.

  • Article

    For a Social and Ecological World Economy

    The UN Global Compact (UNGC) is the world’s largest initiative for sustainable and socially responsible corporate governance. Leadec recently joined the initiative.

  • Article

    Rating: Leadec Takes Sustainability in its Stride

    In its assessment of Leadec, the rating agency Sustainalytics rated the risk of significant financial impact from ESG factors as low. A visible sign of Leadec’s sustainability performance. In the industry overview regarding commercial services, Leadec has thus achieved one of the best ratings.

  • Video

    Leadec Factory Talks – Episode 1: E-Mobility

    Alternative drives and, above all, electromobility are the automotive industry’s innovation drivers. Battery production is one of the biggest challenges in this regard. What solutions are there? Find out in episode 1 of our Factory Talks. 

  • Interview

    Interview: 60 Years of Leadec

    In 2022, Leadec will celebrate its 60th anniversary. In an interview with Markus Glaser-Gallion, CEO of Leadec, we talk about the past years and how he sees the future of the service specialist for the factory. 

  • Article

    Quick Survey: Personnel Requirements for Electromobility

    Everyone is talking about the transformation of the automotive industry toward electromobility. But what significance does this have for personnel service providers now, and what demand do they expect? You will find some results in our latest survey.

  • Video

    Leadec's Services in the Field of E-mobility

    Battery production is revolutionizing automotive production. New production technologies, data availability and line analytics as well as the reduction of manual work at one hand, and the need for qualified staff on the other hand are major challenges for electric vehicle plants.

  • Whitepaper

    Whitepaper: Integrated Spare Parts Management

    Spare parts management for machinery and equipment is challenging for manufacturing companies. Find out how to reduce costs and inventories sustainably in four steps.

  • Article

    Automobilwoche article: Winner of transformation

    Many automakers and automotive suppliers are struggling with the transition to electromobility. This is not the case with the industrial service provider Leadec.Read the full article which was originally published in "Automobilwoche"

  • Article

    Sustainability Starts With the Little Ones

    If you want to act sustainably, you need one thing above all: knowledge! This applies on a small scale at home and at work just as much as on a large scale for services in the factory. To raise awareness of the issue, the Leadec team from the UK launched "Green Week". 

  • Article

    Smart Maintenance Produces Food

    Sustainability in the food and beverage industry has long since ceased to be a trend. Instead, it is a strong driver of quality and innovation, and thus also an important factor for greater added value and competitiveness. But where does sustainability start? With the intelligent maintenance of machines and systems, for example.

  • Video

    Life Cycle Solutions from Leadec

    The complexity of factories worldwide is constantly increasing: data overflow, no obvious synergies, countless contact persons – it’s incredibly hard to keep track of everything. The solution: one reliable and experienced partner along the entire life cycle of a factory.

  • Article

    What Does Transformation Feel Like in an Industrial Environment?

    Google spits out around 250 million search results when users enter the word “transformation.” Not all of them, but a large proportion, relate to the digital transformation of companies. How did Leadec shape this transformation process? What were the triggers, challenges and success factors?

  • Article

    The Spare Parts Devil is in the Details

    Spare parts management is one of the least prioritized processes in companies. Totally unfair! Warehouses are often overstocked; capital is tied up. They suffer from a lack of transparency and optimized inventory management. Integrated spare parts management can be the solution. 

  • Article

    Smart Factory - Any Questions?

    We are connected. With each other, with our environment, and even modern production is based on smart solutions. But what is behind the keywords around Smart Factory, Big Data or Industry 4.0?

  • Article

    Complete Tracking With Intelligent Software

    Since November 2020, Leadec has been responsible for a large NPM warehouse at a Bremen site with more than 50.000 different items. In order to know where which item is located on the site at all times, intelligent software is used. 

  • Article

    Climate Targets: Industry is Called Upon

    Environmental protection starts on a small scale, but industrial companies have a major lever to counter climate change. In order to fulfill this role, Leadec has once again sharpened its environmental goals.

  • Article

    Having a Snack Break Together: Sandwich and Lubricating Oil

    For decades, it has been impossible to imagine production without robot colleagues. They reduce the workload for humans, provide support and automation, and thus enable higher productivity. But the thoughts go further, towards a real human-robot collaboration (HRC). Without a safety fence, with a lot of proximity and still safe.

  • Article

    The Power Lies in the Electrics

    What is actually behind a "battery" in an electric vehicle? We clarify the most important components: cell, module and pack.

  • Interview

    The Golden Age of Industrial Services?

    What is the added value of battery manufacturing services? Dr. Christoph Jaschinski, Global Head of Business Development gives an assessment of where the market is heading. 

  • Article

    Good Vibrations: Finding a Solution during a Hackathon

    No machine runs like another, even when they are identical. So, it's not easy to uncover anomalies in vibration data. An intelligent algorithm can help. Born in this year’s ICNAP hackathon.  

  • Video

    Digital and Physical Spare Parts Management by Leadec and Sparetech

    How can both be combinated? ​Sparetech ensures a complete and error-free database with its software while Leadec takes care of spare parts management and production equipment maintenance.​ Learn more in the video.