Lenco was founded in 1946 in the Swiss Burgdorf by the couple Fritz and Marie Laeng. Fascinated by sound technology, the Swiss Fritz Laeng started an electrical business in 1925 and his wife, Marie, became the driving force. When the couple, based on the strong demand for turntables, started a small factory, it was Marie that thought of the name Lenco (derived from the surname of the couple). Thus began the success story of Lenco. Key concepts were reliability of the turntables and the excellent technical service. The reputation of the brand, striving for perfection, was born.
In 1960 Lenco entered the HiFi-market with the introduction of a turntable that had a unique and heavy tone arm, which was sold separately later. The device was, thanks to its quality and reasonable price, the first choice for manufacturers of high quality stereo systems. The most successful Lenco turntable of that time was the L 75. It was introduced to the market in 1967 and the device distinguished itself from its predecessors by a massive, 4 kilogram turntable of 312 millimeter and its aluminum housing. But the biggest improvement was the newly designed tone arm, allowing the player to beat competitors in many areas. In the following years, the awarded arm was used by many other brands in their turntables.
Lenco continued to grow until the early seventies, thanks to the strong growing interest in HiFi. The modern company was well-managed and characterized by rational production methods. At that time, Lenco already had over 1.300 employees that produced turntables in three production sites for export to more than eighty countries around the world. In 1974 Lenco went through hard times. First, the ‘heart and soul’, Marie Laeng, of the company passed away. But the oil crisis also caused negative economic effects, which decreased the demand for products and made reduction of personnel necessary. The following years were difficult as well and in 1978 the company went bankrupt. Service was guaranteed until1980 by Lenco Audio AG, which was founded after the bankruptcy. Thereafter the brand was taken over by Horst Neugebauer KG in Lahr. Until the mid-nineties, this company introduced a large number of electronic products to the market under the brand Lenco – with varying success. In 1997 Lenco was taken over by the STL Group BV in Venlo, the Netherlands (a company that has more than thirty years of experience in consumer electronics).