Leica consists of more than just Leica Camera AG in Solms. The original company of Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH was split into three independent companies, LEICA CAMERA AG in Solms, Germany, LEICA MICROSYSTEMS GmbH, Wetzlar, Germany and LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
In 2005 Leica Geosystems was acquired by the company of Hexagon Metrology, headquartered in Cobham, Surrey, Great Britain. Hexagon Metrology offers a comprehensive range of products and services for all industrial metrology applications in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, energy and medical. They support their customers with actionable measurement information along the complete life cycle of a product – from development and design to production, assembly and final inspection.
With more than 20 production facilities and 70 Precision Centers for service and demonstrations, and a network of over 100 distribution partners on five continents, they empower their customers to fully control their manufacturing processes, enhancing the quality of products and increasing efficiency in manufacturing plants around the world.
Along with Leica Camera AG, Hexagon Metrology has also been building a new facility in Wetzlar for the production of Leica Geosystems to expand their capacity in Germany.
Groundbreaking began in November 2011. The official opening was in September 2012. The production hall opening in Wetzlar was celebrated with about 350 guests from the worlds of commerce, science and politics attending the Metrology Forum Wetzlar held on 27th and 28th September 2012. The building provides space for the manufacture of ultra-high-precision 3D coordinate measuring machines under the Leitz brand, sensor assembly as well as the Research and Development Department.
Hexagon Metrology has an excellent reputation in the field of ultra-high-precision measurement – a unique expertise for which Leica Geosystems also manufactures, for example, the world's most accurate coordinate measuring machine Leitz Infinity, which boasts a measuring accuracy of 0.3 micrometres.
With the new Leica Geosystem facility and the upcoming move of Leica Camera back to Wetzlar, the area’s reputation as a world leader in optics an precision measurement techniques will continue to be assured.
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