Manfred Rothlehner in an interviwe with Lectura press

about the history, the recent Denka production and much more  –

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Manfred Rothlehner mit einem DL22N vor der Produktionsstätte in Massing


• What are the core competencies of the Rothlehner Group?

As a trading and service company in the field of working platforms, we are represented in Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia with our own companies as well as with sales and service in the south-eastern EU countries.
The product range covers all common categories of working platforms.
Our core competencies include a solid needs assessment, delivering quality products, comprehensive and long-term care, and reliable service. All from one hand.

One must see the achievements of „Rothlehner“ as a company group with seven individual companies. Last but not least, our strengths are the result of many years of know-how from our foreign subsidiaries and the service division, which has grown over decades, and which is probably unique in its form.

Short to the history:
In 1976 I started with used equipment in the work platform industry. Many services up to 45m working height we have carried out ourselves with truck-mounted ladders. Thus, valuable practical experience in craftmen businesses, tree-cutting service and in the rental of working platform was gained.

The number of DENKA•LIFTs grew in the rental fleet at the beginning of the 1980s, and in 1988 we took over general sales in Germany for this brand. From 1991, the focus was already exclusively on the trade and technical service. At the time, my brother took over the rental-business and developed it independently in the company „Rothlehner Konrad – Liftverleih“.

After the fall of the Wall, an exciting pioneering work began in the new federal states. At the same time, from the beginning of the 1990s, I founded subsidiaries in Austria and in neighboring countries to the east. The origins of the service company Lift-Manager also date back to this time. This was founded in 1991 together with Roland Jäkel as „Roland Jäkel GmbH“ and initially provided the service for the devices sold by Rothlehner in the new federal states.
In 2001, the service merger of Rothlehner in the old federal states with the service structures in the east of the country and the renaming into „Lift Manager GmbH“ took place.
Today, Lift-Manager employs around 80 people, with professional training backgrounds for all kinds of working platform brands.

With Lift-Manager, we provide our German customers a nationwide workshop network, more than 20 mobile vehicles, spare part supply for various brands and much more.

At the beginning of the 2000s, we introduced new product lines, most notably GSR trucks, of which we have so far brought and cared for around 1,200 units.


• How did it happen that you have been producing the DENKA-LIFT models yourself since 2013?

After more than 30 years of close cooperation with DENKA•LIFT, we took over the production of these devices in June 2013. Not least due to the frequent changes of owners, investors and managing directors, the Danish manufacturer experienced considerable turbulence.
For us it was an opportunity to take over the rights and parts and to maintain and develop this prestigious brand DENKA•LIFT.

Since 1988, we have sold more than 3,000 new DENKA•LIFTs and are able to take care of the customers with devices of old years and to deliver spare parts reliably.
We continue to offer new products, parts and technical support to our worldwide customers. Even though a considerable part of the trailer segment has shifted to 3,5to truck-mounted and tracked platforms, we see the market for our DENKA products as a stable niche and even notice a certain return to this device concept.

Various craftsmen sectors and end users still ideally cover the vast majority of tasks with trailer platforms. Many customers still see the DENKA•LIFTs as flexible all-round device, easy to operate, stable and reliable, with a high value retention.

Technical innovations such as new controls, modern charging technology, auto-levelling and a range of useful optional extras have been implemented over the last few years.
Lift-Manager is assigned the task of international spare parts supply and technical support.


• The DENKA-LIFT DL22N belongs to the „narrow special devices“.
What kind of work platform is this?

Rothlehner co-developed the concept of the Narrow in collaboration with DENKA•LIFT in the 1990s. These are narrow self-propelled aerial platforms with low ground pressure and minimal dimensions. With a clearance height of less than 2m and a minimum width of 0.89m, the devices fit through all standard doors. The stability and longevity of the DENKA models are shared by all Narrow versions with 19m, 22m, 25m and 28m, which also originate from the DENKA modular system.

The battery-powered, lightweight devices can be variably supported and built in very tight spaces. Especially for special indoor applications in atriums, shopping malls, airports or churches, the Narrow has its advantages: low floor load, small passage width, variable support and a high lateral reach.