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Posted: March 30, 2009
Leica Microsystems Reports Record Sales for 2008
(Nanowerk News) For the first time in its history, Leica Microsystems’ annual sales volume for 2008
exceeded the billion US dollar mark, reports the international high-tech microscope and scientific
instrument manufacturer and distributor, headquartered in Wetzlar.
“Over the last two years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the demand for our products throughout
the world. In most of the markets in which we operate – including biomedical research, clinical
applications, industry, microsurgery, and histopathology – we have achieved double-digit organic growth
rates. Moreover, we have substantially expanded our product breadth through a number of strategic
company acquisitions,” comments Dr. David Martyr, President of Leica Microsystems.
Numerous company acquisitions expand product range and benefit customers
Leica Microsystems was purchased by Washington D.C.-based
Danaher Corporation in the summer of 2005.
Since that time, Leica Microsystems has acquired and
integrated eight companies in Australia, Europe, the US, and
Asia. With these acquisitions, Leica Microsystems has
significantly broadened its product offering and now provides
one of the most comprehensive ranges of microscopy and
histopathology products on the market. Leica Microsystems’
histology offering now includes consumables for use with its
instruments. This allows histology customers to obtain all
needed products from a single source. “I’m pleased to say that
we’ve not only expanded our product portfolio through strategic
acquisitions, but we have also gained significant market share
as a result of innovation within our existing segments,” says
Innovative strength drives organic growth
An important pillar of the success of Leica Microsystems, according to Martyr, is its innovative strength.
In 2008 alone, the Life Science, Biosystems, Industry and Surgical Divisions launched over 50 new, and
in some cases, breakthrough products. As a result of its recent product launches, Leica Microsystems is
now at the cutting edge of technology. Examples of innovation in life science include the super highresolution
STED technology that visualizes interactions in cellular structures of only a few nanometers
and the Leica TCS LSI microscope system that enables bioscientists to perform single cell studies and
research on entire organisms using just one instrument. Another recent innovation, FusionOpticsTM,
reveals high-quality 3D images simultaneously in high resolution and high depth of field, which benefits
the intricate work of life scientists and industrial quality control specialists alike.
Due in part to company acquisitions, but also to accelerated recruiting initiatives in certain countries, the
number of Leica Microsystems employees has risen to more than 4,000. The number of facilities has
also increased to eleven with traditional locations such as Wetzlar, Vienna, and Singapore, and new
ones in Melbourne, the US, and more.