Anton Paar aquires German Instrument Company

Anton Paar OptoTec GmbH Effective from July 1, 2007, Anton Paar has aquired the German instrument company Dr. Wolfgang Kernchen GmbH in Seelze near Hannover. The German instrument company was founded in 1970 and develops and produces a range of refractometers and polarimeters. Its main market is the worldwide sugar industry.

Dr. Wolfgang Kernchen, founder and sole shareholder of the company, has been seeking a solution for the future of his company after his retirement to safeguard the jobs for his employees in Seelze. With Anton Paar he found the perfect partner to continue the business.

The Dr. Wolfgang Kernchen GmbH has been the exclusive supplier of high precision refractometers to Anton Paar GmbH for years. The aquisition is a strategic move to broaden the product portfolio with focus on competition mainly in the USA.

The company will from now on operate under the name Anton Paar OptoTec GmbH. The instruments will be sold through the worldwide Anton Paar sales network. Managing Directors of the company are Dr. Frank Gottsleben and Ms. Maria Santner. The main goal for Anton Paar OptoTec GmbH is to gain a dominant market share in refractometry and polarimetry and to exploit new market segments and applications.

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