The LM Club Denmark is
– A club for all LM sailors (the entire LM family from the smallest to the largest. (LM9 to LM38).
– A club set up to help and give each other tips and advice.
– A club for information dissemination
– A club where you can see the boats of others and get inspiration
– A club for travel experiences for inspiration
– A club where we arrange business visits
– A club for local events around the country for example. local meetings, social events, courses, lectures, etc.
-A club where we seek technical knowledge and other information about our boats and their equipment and make it available to our members and future LM owners.
– A club for service in the form of club goods, e.g. caps, towels, stands, mugs, etc.
BUT: The value and content of the club depends to a large extent on you as a member, so a call from here to everyone to contribute their experiences and come up with good ideas, initiatives for new and suggestions to the board in general.
January 2019, Hans Erik, Chairman.
Going back to around 2008, when a group of LM owners thought it might be interesting with a club where they could meet and support and inspire each other and gather knowledge about the LM boats.
As the nationwide club, the foundation stone was laid with a founding general meeting on 31.03.2012.
The club was then named LM-Klubben Denmark and had its own website www.lmklubben.dk under construction.
After a very turbulent year 2015, the club was re-established. Our current website layout and the club’s deliberate work to establish both knowledge of our boats for the benefit of all members and activities – such as the annual meeting and company visit – during the year has resulted in a steadily growing membership, so we now have more than 700 members with approx. . 570 boats in our LM fleet.
Right away, our club has a sister or rather aunt’s club, the Aarhus Bay LM Club, which was established as a local club for LM sailors as early as 1979 and can thus celebrate its 40th anniversary here in 2019. Congratulations.
10 February 2019. Hans Erik Jørgensen
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History of LM in Lunderskov
A furniture factory that grew and almost became liquid.
History: There is far from a small production of children’s furniture in wood over caravans to the world’s largest mill blades. But LM holds it all.
By Martin Wilde. Brought to the Jyske West Coast on November 21, 2009.
Lunderskov: When Ejner Lorentzen founded Lunderskov Møbelfabrik in 1940, he had hardly thought that one day the company would develop into the world’s largest producer of wind turbine blades. Back then, wind turbines were mostly used to grind grain or, to a lesser extent, where they were then called wind engines, to draw water from wells or for other functions on the farms of the area.
Ejner Lorentzen did not think about wind turbines either. He, on the other hand, made wooden children’s furniture, and it went well. The small workshop grew and soon it became necessary to build a real factory. It happened in Møllegade, where a long, two-storey brick building first sprung up from the ground in the 1950s. The Lorentzen family lived upstairs in the first floor.
The fiberglass is coming
At that time, Ejner Lorentzen had hired a skilled carpenter who worked as a carpenter. His name was Aage Skouboe, and it turned out that he knew nothing else but to work with wood. In 1952, Lorentzen and Skouboe began to explore the possibilities of a brand new material that had just arrived in Denmark: fiberglass. Initially, tubs were produced, but up through the 1950s and 1960s the new material’s many possibilities were tested. The two letters LM soon came to stand on both caravans, fishing cars, speedboats and cabins.
However, that with caravans came to a quick end when in 1960 Lorentzen and Skouboe found that it was easier to import them from England. It also took time to control all the processes of making fiberglass work, and for some years the import of English caravans helped pay the deficit on fiberglass production. At the same time, the production of wooden furniture ceased and the company’s carpenters instead made accommodation for leisure boats.
In 1964, LM Glasfiber was able to start a new factory on Rolles Mill Road. The original furniture factory had undergone several expansions, also up Drosselvej when it was built, but now Ejner Lorentzen and Aage Skouboe decided to share the company. Ejner Lorentzen continued for a few years with the camping part, until he sold LM Camping to some Englishmen. The company still exists on industrial road in Lunderskov, but now with the name InterCamp.
LM Glasfiber, on the other hand, started producing small speedboats. Up until the mid-1990s, a large part of LM Glasfiber’s production accounted for. Initially, boat hulls were also produced for others, but attempts were also made to make a houseboat that was launched in Mølledammen, and with many other things. Vessels for fishing cars transporting live fish to Germany are also an invention made at LM Glasfiber. Previously, fish were transported in large wooden wagons in railway wagons – wooden vessels which the original furniture factory also repaired – but around 1970 the fish transports went over the road.
In 1978, the first wind turbine blade will be cast at the factory on Rolles Mill Road. The first mill blade was 4.5 m long and was delivered to a customer in Vester Nebel. It turned out that Aage Skouboe and his son, Flemmnig, had gotten hold of something that could be big – in several ways. After the two energy crises in 1973-74 and 1979, Denmark really began to think in different forms of energy, and this particularly benefited the wind turbine industry. During the 1990s, blade production grew explosively, so LM Glasfiber eventually gave up producing boats, and instead focused entirely on mill blades. Flemming Skouboe, who had now taken over the company after his father, chose to concentrate production in two locations in Denmark: the new plant at Vingen in Lunderskov and in Hammelev. Instead, the production sites in Vejen, Gesten, Kolding, Hårup, Kirkeby on Funen, Engesvang and Rudkøbing were closed, while the workshop in Vamdrup was allowed to survive.
LM Fiberglass also began to grow outside the country. In 1993, a plant opened in India and the year after a plant in Spain, and in 1999 an LM plant opened in North Dakota in the United States.
In March 2001 a bomb broke down in Lunderskov. Flemmnig Skouboe chose to sell his and his father’s work for just over DKK 2.1 billion to a foreign consortium led by Doughty Hanson & Co. Limited. However, the expansion continues both in Denmark and abroad, for the same year the first wind turbine blade factory will open in China, and in 2006 a plant will open in Canada. Lunderskov has also become too small a city for LM Glasfiber, because in 2008 the company moves the head office to Kolding.
Flying from the city
The expansion has since continued abroad, while the production of mill blades in Denmark has now almost ceased. Expensive solutions, as compared to abroad, and high costs of transporting blades up to 61.5 meters in length – a product that cannot be said to be particularly handy to send – have resulted in LM Glasfiber deciding almost closing production in Lunderskov. The small furniture factory that grew up is now so big that it completely flies from the city.
Thanks to the members of the Lunderskov Local History Archive for historical information and to the Kolding City Archives for assistance with photos.
As well as Jyske West Coast and Martin Wilde.
A little more LM history with pictures and facts.
The two LM designers: Palle Mortensen (LM16, 21, 23, 24 and 27) and Bent Andersen (LM22, 26, 81, 28, 30, 32, Mermaid, Striker, Vitesse).
Bent Juul Andersen 1:
Bent Juul Andersen 2:
Palle Mortensen, by Herluf Jensen. Honorary Diploma August 2017
For those interested, the company’s historical development is excellently described and documented in Johan Nielsen’s description of “Skanderup Sogn through the ages”. Pages 107 – 141 describe the development from Furniture Factory to LM Camping, LM Glasfiber, LM Windpower and General Electric
A separate excerpt of Johan Nielsen’s history of LM and a little wind turbine history is compiled here:
From Furniture Factory to LM Camping, LM Glasfiber, LM Windpower- and General Electric
Thanks to Arne Bøge, Bøges Boats, in Lunderskov and Peter Bonde for this edition of the story.
Hans Erik Jørgensen