Leica Microsystems is a leading global manufacturer of optical microscopes and equipment for the preparation of microscopic specimens. There are 14 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries, including traditional locations such as Wetzlar, Vienna, and Singapore, as well as new ones in Melbourne, the U.S.A., and more. Sales and service companies are established in 19 countries, with distribution partners in over 100 countries. In 2008, for the first time in its history, Leica Microsystems' annual sales volume exceeded US$1 billion. Owing 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.
Users of Leica Microsystems' instruments and services can be found in both clinical and life science research, several surgical specializations, disciplines associated with material sciences, the manufacturing industry, and forensics services as well as in classrooms around the world. Instruments and workflow solutions for electron microscopy sample preparation for life sciences and industrial applications alike complete the company's product portfolio.
Leica Microsystems has seven major plants and product development sites located in Wetzlar and Mannheim (Germany), Vienna (Austria), Heerbrugg (Switzerland), Cambridge (UK), Shanghai (China), and Singapore. The company is represented in over 100 countries, has sales and service organizations in 20 countries, and an international network of distribution partners. Its headquarters are located in Wetzlar, Germany. Leica Microsystems is part of Danaher.
Ernst Leitz has led our company to world fame. He knew from the beginning: Progress must be visible. Leica Microsystems' innovations have redefined the boundaries of microscopy again and again. Leica globally stands for setting new standards in the precision of optics, in resolution as well as in image reproduction and analysis. Microscopes and scientific instruments by Leica Microsystems provide researchers, engineers, and surgeons clear images of the microscopic world.