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Our history

The story of AMADA Automation Europe Ltd. (AAE) began during 1979 when Leif Käldman founded the company F:ma L. Käldman and started operations as a subcontractor of machined components (turning and milling). He manufactured the components at home in his workshop. The very first own product called “Poscontrol”, a programmable back gauge for press brakes, was developed during the mid 1980’s.

The name of the company was eventually changed to LKI Käldman Ltd., but was generally called just LKI.

During the early 1990’s the first automatic system for sheet metal handling was delivered to ABB in Finland. After a few years an automation system was delivered to Amada GmbH and the cooperation between LKI and Amada Co. began.

During the last 20 years both LKI and the product range developed extensively and the continued cooperation with Amada resulted in their part-ownership in 2009 and 100% ownership in January 2020. After nearly 40 years in the field of automation LKI, now AAE, has evolved from a one-man-company to a beeing a part of Amada Group. AEE is a major player in Europe within sheet metal handling automation as well as a important employer in the local area and the surrounding municipalities.

The acquisition of the software company Camline Oy in Lappeenranta 2012 contributed with extensive knowledge about software solutions for improving efficiency in manufacturing and engineering industries. We can therefore also offer industrial automation solutions and services including for example FMS solutions and services as well as software solutions.