It's a good reason to introduce the oldest electronic
trading enterprise of Austria from another point of view. The
company Lipschitz was established as early as in 1947 as a single
venture. In 1956, the two gentlemen, Mr. Lipschitz and Mr. Eder
transformed this single company to the LIPSCHITZ & Co. Ltd.
the deed of which indicated clearly that - among other things
- a table-standard (!) and a typewriter were apported to the
The enterprise started with the selling of adhesives
for ski production, then it became the exclusive representative
of Multicore Solders, by the way the first and oldest representation
of the company abroad, now, the company stands firmly and permanently
as market leader and trend setter since almost 50 years; its
way led then directly to the electronics.
The years were passing by. Mr. Eder retired, Mr. Baer
joined the company and Mr. Lipschitz sold a part of his ownership
to Mr. Erdély, who left soon for England to establish
a new company, the GEC Ltd. In a little while, the Austrian GEC
Ltd. and the Lipschitz & Co. merged.
In 1977, Mr. Erdély was dwelling in England
and the family Baer has obtained a significant heritage in the
USA, averting the attention of Mr. Baer from the management of
the company. This time, Mr. Erdély operated as representative
of AKG in England and turned to the owner of AKG in Vienna, commercial
counsellor Mr. Pless asking for his help to sell a trading company
in Vienna. Commercial counsellor Mr. Pless, who was that time
the owner of the companies AKG, Viennaplox and other companies
as well and engineer Mr. Erich Synek, MBA (Fontainableau), that
time the managing director of the AKG Canada, who was called
to help, purchased the shares of the Lipschitz & Co. Ltd.
and took over the direction of the company. Under the management
of Mr. Synek and as a result of the activity of the sales manager,
Mr. Maitner, the company witnessed a dynamic development, to
which the representations Bockman and IMO contributed massively
as well. In 1989, Mr. Synek changed the name of the company LIPSCHITZ
& Co. Ltd. to LICO, created an up to date company logo and
had the trade mark protected. In 1990, Mr. Pless died and Mr.
Synek purchased his shares. In 1993, as a representative of the
new generation, Mr. Helmut Miksch - a former producer of printed
circuits - joined the company LICO as co-owner and managing director
and he was pleased with the plenty of orders placed to the company
Lipschitz & Co. In 1995, the remaining shares were acquired
by the Miksch family.
Although the table-standard and the typewriter exist
no more, the LICO, as a company preserving conservative values,
but at the same time, being a very successful and dynamic company,
offers fully automated data processing, desktop publishing, controlling
and database systems, etc. for sale instead. In 1995 , the efforts
were aimed at the standard ISO 9000 and in July 1996 the certification
became a reality.
In the 48th year of its existence, in 1995, first
time in the history of the company, the Master Shop of LICO succeeded
in presenting an own product, the standard-conform and optically
unique magnifier-lamp of 190 mm lens-diameter, a LICO-novelty
sold all over the European Union and Eastern-Europe. The first
successes were expressively impressive, what allows a positive
development to suppose. Export-success from Finnland even to
Japan is part of the daily business.
In 1995, to demonstrate our intentions to maintain
a solid, reliable and long-term partnership with our existing
and prospective customers and suppliers, the company LICO Hungaria
Kft. with five employees was established. After consequent efforts,
the company was able in 4 months to obtain the Break-Even, i.e.
with the accreditation of FORD and the grade "Ford Q"
The EU-year 1995 meant a test run for LICO in the
direction of the harder competition. Introducing proper strategic
measures, the company was able - to the best satisfaction of
the management - to increase significantly and permanently the
volume and level of orders and the turnover as well. The year
1996 started with the highest ever volume and level of orders
and turnover, an achievement having been outstripped in 1997
again. In 1996, the LICO Kft. started to sell an industrial software-package
of own development successfully. In 1997, the production of CA-PRI,
the wiring harness production and PCB-Assembly were purchased
and integrated. In favour of an untroubled and successful work
in the next few years, even decades, we moved into an up to date
production unit in Kledering near Vienna of 4500 m² property.
To be able to keep pace with the growing production, the LICO
Kft. moved into a new office and production building in Érd,
near Budapest in february 1998. In January 1999 LICO-tronic Kft
was founded with the start-up-investment of an SMD-production-line
to round up todays requiremnts for full service. Due to the very
fast growth the two existing plants were too small soon and in
1999 another industrial estate was bought to built an even much
bigger factory in Erd, Duna street. Production is planned for
2-3 shifts. The factory will be able to employ up to about 250
employees in up to 3 shifts and operates several PTH and SMD-lines.
The today's business activity of the more than 50
employees in 3 companies and 6 lines of profit centres in Kledering/Vienna
and Erd & Budapest/Hungary: electronic components, soldering
technology and service products, parts for the electronic measuring
and process control techniques, data acquisition, transmission
and processing systems for gas, water and consumption counters,
wiring harnesses and PCB-Assembly including several SMT-lines
in antistatic and utmost modern environment.
As a year 2000 committment, we started with QS9000
qualification, which has been now successfully implemented. Certification
will be available on request.
- 50 years of LICO
We, managers and employees together, would like to say thank
you to our honoured customers and suppliers for their long-term-allegiance