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 FTEs

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


2 production facilities

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


3 R&D departments

Our research and development departments play a key role in our capacity for innovation. We devote eight percent of our revenue to product development.


1,500 current patents

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


Customers in more than 50 countries

Producers in more than 50 countries work daily with our equipment in the barn or on the field.


€ 704 mln.

We achieved revenues of € 704 million.

Ons bedrijf

Vision and mission

To help our customers throughout 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.


To work towards a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable future, and make life in the agricultural sector easier, we join forces with numerous organizations all over the world. Sustainability and innovation are fundamental criteria in our partnerships.


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.

Lely Campus

A hub of innovation and creation

On 31 January 2014, HRH Queen Máxima opened our new business complex in Maassluis (the Netherlands). Since that day, the production facility for our automated milking systems and our headquarters have been housed under one roof. Sustainability and innovation were also the guiding principles during the development and construction of the complex.

Look at our Lely Campus