Facts & Figures


Founded in 1948

Cornelis and Arij van der Lely started their company in Maassluis (The Netherlands). Our head office is established there, together with the Executive Board.



2,300 employees work day in day out to make farmers’ lives easier.


2 production facilities

In our 2 production facilities, we bring together our product expertise to achieve the best result for our customers.


3 R&D departments

Our R&D departments play a key role in our capacity for innovation. We devote 6% of our revenue to product development.


1,500 current patents

Right now, we have 1,500 active patents protecting our inventions.


Customers in over 50 countries

Farmers in over 50 countries work daily with our solutions for use in the barn or on the field.


€ 704 mln.

We achieved revenues of € 704 million.

Ons bedrijf

Vision, mission and future

To help our customers all over the world make choices on how they set up and run their farm. To do so with advice and innovative solutions that contribute to efficient farm management.


We believe that sustainability is about treating people, animals and the environment responsibly. We want to hand over a better world to the next generation by developing sustainable products. For our customers, we want to be a trusted long-term partner.


Because of our belief in innovation we have already introduced a range of ground-breaking products to the market. These have changed the face of the agricultural sector. Only by thinking outside the realm of traditional ideas can we continue to support our customers in the choices they make to achieve their goals. Now and in the future.

Annual review

Our online annual review zooms in on developments and Lely’s most important achievements and launches in 2020. We also share some key figures and preview the roll-out of our sustainability programme.


In 1948, it all began with a dream of two brothers in Maassluis. Today, we are innovative leaders in designing and manufacturing automated systems for dairy farmers around the world, with the goal of excelling in sustainable milk production to feed the world.

Leadership team

Our organisation is being steered by a leadership team consisting of the Executive Board (seated at Lely Campus) and the Supervisory Board.