LEPE’S HISTORY

50s / 60s

LEPE has focusing its activities on plastic manufacturing, rubber and bakelite artifacts in the north of São Paulo since 1949.

During this period, in December 1949, the first batch of 50 trucks produced by the newly founded FNM factory could be seen through the city of Rio de Janeiro. Since 1950, the opening of the Brazilian market to international capital has been emphasized, which has attracted international automakers to set up their factories in the country.

In 1951, LEPE changed its focus and started the production of iron casting parts. Its history of machining begins with the production of crankshafts machined for passenger cars, coinciding with the beginning of the automotive vehicle  manufacturing in Brazil in the 50s and 60s by Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Willys, Scania Vabis, Vemag, Toyota, Simca, Romi, International Harvester and Karmann-Ghia.

The Professional Association of the Automobile and Similar Parts Industry was born on October 1, 1951, which later became the SINDIPEÇAS. It was following this development in Brazil that LEPE chose to change its focus and become an auto parts supplier.

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    70s / 80s

    Since its inception, LEPE has always been at the forefront of its segment. It moved to Guarulhos city, which is located in São Paulo outskirts, in 1972 expanding its manufacturing site. At that time, the work of supplying  iron casting parts for assemblers of the most varied segments started. It was during this period that more and more automobile companies are coming into Brazil, such as the arrival of FIAT, which settled its production in the country.

    In the 1980s, Lepe started its work focusing on heavy vehicles, mainly trucks, buses and tractors. In this period, LEPE introduced Machining Centers and CNC Lathes on its shop floor.

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    90's

    Brazil opened the doors to imported products, among them vehicles. Due to that, we had a “revolution” in the Brazilian automotive market.

    As a result, new technologies and superior quality was enhanced on  the national vehicles. LEPE, which has always paid special attention to technology, improved its processes in order not to lose market share and maintain its prominent position. Thus, in 1993, attentive to the advances of the production systems, LEPE renewed and enlarged its ​​machining center areas (Machining Centers and CNC Lathes).

    Focused on improving its performance, LEPE implemented an automated Green Sand Molding Line by Hunter System in 1995. Then in 1997, to meet the high standards demanded by its customers, LEPE achieved  ISO TS 16949 (IATF 16949) and ISO 14001 certifications.

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    2000's

    Automotive newcomers, in both light and heavy vehicles, have installed new production plants in Brazil. In that moment, total quality and technological innovation highlighted, and the instruments for such highlight are called: simultaneous engineering, continuous improvement and benchmarking.

    LEPE, aimed at working with various automakers, was in constant  process of expansion and modernization of its structure, totally focused on a qualified and special service in the most diverse segments, such as: transportation, construction, diesel engines, agriculture and automobiles.

    LEPE is evolving constantly. Thus, in 2009, it acquired new areas to expand its sites in Guarulhos and Itaquaquecetuba cities.

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CURRENT DECADE

LEPE implemented its own power plant in 2011 based on its philosophy of continuous search for improvements.
In order to move and enlarge its machining area, soon after, in 2013, LEPE began the construction of a new building, which is also in Guarulhos city, This machining relocation unit, which will be inaugurated soon, will increase LEPE's internal capacity from the current 1,5 million machined parts to 3,5 million machined parts per year. Also as part of the future project of LEPE, the new Foundry, Machining, Painting and Assembly unit in Itaquaquecetuba city is already being planned to start activities in 2027, allowing to work at 42,000 metric tons/year production capacity.

Due to its history, with ongoing struggle and competence, LEPE believes in a promising future.
It always offers quality products to its customers, obtained with efficient processes,
on time deliveries and acting in a socially responsible way.