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History of Layher Scaffolding

  • History of Layher scaffolding manufacturers
    History of Layher scaffolding manufacturers

  • History of Layher Scaffolding from Germany

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    • Founded in 1945
    • Family owned
    • Made in Germany
    • Long term success
    • Planning for the future

  • History of Layher Scaffolding from 1945

    The Layher name has always embodied innovation, quality and reliability. What began in Germany in 1945 with the pioneering spirit of the company’s founder, Wilhelm Layher, has evolved into a truly global presence operating in over 80 countries. With 1,900+ employees, Layher now has offices in more than 140 locations around the globe, including branches in Auckland and Wellington.

    Trusted brand

    Layher is the world’s leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of scaffolding and temporary access solutions. The Layher brand is trusted by the construction, energy and manufacturing industries to provide a wide range of residential, commercial, infrastructure, industrial and event applications.


  • 75 years of future logo

    Celebrating 75 years of Layher

    “75 Years of Future” – this is the motto with which Layher is celebrating this special milestone.

    This success story is closely linked to you – our customers. The Layher brand has always represented the combination of a wide range of important factors.

    These include innovation, quality, productivity, safety and, most importantly, a close partnership model between Layher and Layher customers.


  • Historical photo of Layher scaffolding headquarters in Germany
    Historical photo of Layher headquarters in Germany

    History of the leading scaffolding manufacturer

    Layher is the world’s leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of scaffolding and temporary access solutions. The Layher brand is trusted by the trades, construction, energy and manufacturing industries to provide a wide range of residential, commercial, infrastructure, industrial and event applications.

    In 1945, Wilhelm Layher set up a company making agricultural implements and ladders out of wood – at that time the number one raw material. During the post-war economic upsurge, the timber merchant soon identified the need for construction scaffolding, and in 1948 specialised in the production of ladder scaffolding.

    Layher ladder and wooden scaffolding distribution in the 1950s
    Layher ladder and wooden scaffolding distribution in the 1950s

    Close contact with scaffolding customers

    Focusing on maintaining close contact with his customers, he developed the first Layher branches in 1951, building up a sales network that has since grown to 30 service centres all over Germany.

    Also working in the new company from the very start were his already adult daughter, Ruth Langer, and his two sons, Eberhard and Ulrich Layher, who successfully continued the business after the death of the company founder in 1962.

    Layher history scaffolding evolved

    Under their management, Layher evolved into a world leader in the manufacture of system scaffolding, together with protective and event systems, rolling towers and ladders. With SpeedyScaf in 1965 and Allround Scaffolding in 1974, systems were launched onto the market during this period that still dominate today and that are continually being improved.

    Layher SpeedyScaf allows German railway station to continue operating during renovation work
    Layher SpeedyScaf allows German railway station to continue operating during renovation work

    Worldwide expansion

    In 1987, the Eberhard Layher branch of the family sold its shares to the families of Ruth Langer and Ulrich Layher. After initial steps towards internationalisation in the 1970s, Layher now has more than 1900 employees working in 140 service centres worldwide, offering advice and materials locally.

    Everyone at Layher lives for scaffolding – including the owner-families, Langer and Layher, who think and act with a focus on the future. The company is still 100% family-owned, and its development is guided by the managing partners Carolin Langer and Georg Layher.

    Hot-dip galvanisation process of Layher Allround Scaffolding
    Hot-dip galvanisation process of Layher Allround Scaffolding

    Long term investment

    Its main emphases are on an investment policy geared to continuity, the long term, and on attachment to its home in the Zabergäu region of Germany. To assure the high delivery readiness to customers in the long term, production capacities are continually expanded. This enabled a second production plant to be inaugurated in 2009.

    Layher into the future

    Plant 3 is currently in the planning stage to address significantly increased demand. Into the future, “Made by Layher” will therefore continue to mean the same as “Made in Germany”.

    Made only in Germany, Layher scaffolding systems are precision manufactured to the most exacting standards in the industry. Layher products and services in scaffolding technology have come to set the standard for performance and reliability in modern scaffolding.

    Layher's global headquarters are located in Germany
    Layher’s global headquarters are located in Germany
    Layhers second scaffolding factory in Germany
    Layher’s second scaffolding factory in Germany
    Layher's third production facility is currrently under construction in Germany
    Layher’s third production facility is currrently under construction in Germany

    Layher continues to evolve and develop new and innovative temporary access products and services. These include; Allround Lightweight, FlexBeam, LayPLAN Scaffold Design Software and 3D digitisation.


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