In 1967, LK Diesel Service began as a partnership between Lloyd Lang and Ted Kuhlwind – the L and K of LK Diesel Service Pty Ltd.
They were situated in a small workshop in Racecourse Road, Newmarket, Victoria, Australia.
Ted was employed by Ansair, a part of Ansett, who were the Magirus Deutz truck dealers in Victoria. When Ansair moved to Essendon Airport, Ted took over their former workshop.
Lloyd, who was a field engineer with Deutz Australia, joined shortly after. Ted, who came to Australia in 1956 as a specialist in Magirus Deutz trucks, a large German company, continued to look after trucks with service, parts and at a later stage with the assembly and sales of these vehicles.
Lloyd concentrated on service, repairs and sales of engines for irrigation, construction, mining, generators and many other applications, specialising in Deutz engines.
Lorna, Ted’s wife, managed the accounts and in 1970 she was joined by Dotty, Lloyd’s wife who took over the accounts and Lorna moved into parts, which she still manages today. In the same year, LK Diesel Service was registered as a company.
In 1979, Ted and Lorna’s eldest son Michael started work at LK Diesel Service as an apprentice diesel mechanic. Michael is now our service manager and technical advisor.
In 1984 Deutz Australia Pty Ltd offered us a dealership in Melbourne, which changed our outlook and in 1988 Ted and Lorna’s second son, Bernard started work at LK Diesel Service as a diesel fitter/administration assistant.
Bernard is now our I.T. and office manager. Our Newmarket premises were becoming decidedly small, so in 1989 we moved the business to Audsley Street, Clayton, Victoria and took up residence in the same building as Deutz Australia.
1992 was a big year at LK Diesel Service. First of all Lloyd and Dotty Lang decided to retire and Ted and Lorna’s three sons, Michael, Bernard and Ralph acquired the Lang’s interest in the company.
Our move to Clayton suited us very well until the end of 1993. Once again, we found ourselves in the position of having to move as the building we were in was sold.
By now we had grown into a sizable and successful company so it was decided that we needed a larger, modern, purpose-built building to allow for our continued growth.
This building, in the heart of the Woodlands Industrial Estate in Braeside, Victoria was completed in early 1994 and now houses a dedicated team of eighteen people.
Later, in the same year, Michael’s wife Sharon joined the team in our despatch and parts store.
In 1999 Chris, Bernard’s son joined the family business as an apprentice diesel mechanic. He completed his apprenticeship in 2003 and continued to work as a mechanic for us until 2008.
Chris then moved into our parts department, where you will find him today.
As well as our Deutz dealership we have become dealers for several other makes of engines, which include Kubota, Hatz, Kohler Diesel (incorporating Lombardini and Ruggerini), VM Motori and Mann Filters.
We became a Kubota Power Centre in 2000.
We are pleased to announce we are now the top Deutz dealer in Australia and the top Kubota Power Centre in Victoria.
Kubota Power Centre Limited Edition Award for Achievement 2000/1
Kubota Power Centre Limited Edition Award for Achievement 2002
Certificate of Appreciation 2002 for Outstanding Contribution to Kubota Engine and Generator Sales
Kubota Power Centre Limited Edition Award for Achievement 2003
Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in the Sales and Service of Kubota Engine and Generator Sales 2004/5
5 Star Service Dealer 2007 – 2010
Sustainable Business Programme – Certificate of Completion – City of Kingston 2013
15 Year Dealership Award September 2014
Deutz Dealer Special Sales Award 2002
Number 1 Dealer of Deutz Engines and Parts 2005 (Vic)
No. 1 Dealer Engines & Spares 2011
Best Dealer for Region 2011/2012
Best Performer for Region 2011
Deutz Distributor Award – Best Performing Australian Dealer 2016
Deutz Distributor Award – Best Engine Sales and Aftersales in Australia 2017
Deutz Distributor Award – Dealer of the Year for Australia 2019
Best Servicing Dealer 2010
Best Servicing Dealer 2011
Best Servicing Dealer 2013
Engineering Products Group – Most Improved Sales 2016