Atlas Copco completes acquisition of Leybold Vacuum

The former Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum has now been acquired by Swedish conglomerate Atlas Copco.

Atlas Copco (Stockholm, Sweden) has completed its acquisition of the former Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum, which had been renamed Leybold GmbH (Cologne, Germany). Atlas Copco is a global company with more than 43,000 employees and Leybold becomes part of its Vacuum Solutions Division, belonging to the Compressor Technique Business Area, with approximately 6,500 employees in over 35 countries.

Atlas Copco says it trusts that the vacuum specialists at Leybold will keep their traditional and well-known brand in the market. Leybold has a 166-year long history of developing vacuum pumps and systems for various industries, with a notable history in optics and photonics. For example, in January 2000, Balzers Thin Films (Balzers, Lichtenstein) and Leybold Systems Optics (Hanau, Germany) combined into a single company, Balzers Leybold Optics, an independent subsidiary of Oerlikon Bührle Holding (Zurich, Switzerland). The new company combined Balzer's experience in producing thin-film components with Leybold's history of building equipment for thin-film deposition. The company then focused on fast-growing industries, producing filters for telecommunications and optical components for data and video projectors and digital cameras, as well as components for the automotive and medical industries.

Leybold will continue to focus on performance and growth in the industrial, research and development, and analytical market sectors. "We will continue to support our customers in the future with our vacuum expertise. Our enhanced product portfolio, sustainable after-sales services and proximity to our customer will distinguish us as a reliable business partner", says Steffen Saur, Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for the global sales and service activities of Leybold.

Source: Leybold

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