LML - The Indian company Lohia Machinery Limited (LML) was allowed to manufacture Vespas under licence from Piaggio for many years. In its heyday, LML sold 325,000 scooters a year (1998). In 1999, the cooperation with Piaggio ended and LML produced its own motorbikes and scooters. In 2018, the company filed for insolvency. However, at SIP Scootershop you can still find hundreds of accessories and spare parts and we will stock them while stocks last.
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LML - The great up and down
The history of LML begins in 1972 in the Indian city of Kanpur. At that time, the company was involved in the production of synthetic fibres and leather processing. Ten years after the company was founded, a technical cooperation with Piaggio began and the company produced the Vespa PX 100 E with 100 cc engines under licence. In 1985 the Vespa PX 150 E appeared and a year later the Vespa 150 DZ. Five years later, LML separated from all other business fields and entered the scooter business completely.
The most successful years of the company followed, as the economic boom in India required mobility for millions of people. In 1999, LML had risen to become India's leading motorbike manufacturer, but Piaggio's licence expired and LML had to launch its own models. The slow descent began: a long strike forced LML to close its factories in 2006 and production was stopped. It was not until March 2008 that production resumed and the LML-Star models, very similar to the Vespa PX, were produced mainly for export. The scooters with four-stroke engines found many buyers, especially in Europe and the USA, because Piaggio continued to market the Vespas as two-stroke models.
LML gradually lost more and more market share and even the production of its own motorbikes could not turn the tide. LML was unable to increase its market share in India again and in 2018, after 46 years, LML filed for bankruptcy.