Thursday, May 12, 2016


Leica consists of more than just Leica Camera AG in Wetzlar.  The original company of Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH was split into four independent companies, LEICA CAMERA AG in Wetzlar, Germany, LEICA MICROSYSTEMS GmbH, also in Wetzlar, LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG, Heerbrugg, Switzerland and Leica Biosystems, Wetzlar, Germany.

I thought it might be interesting for the readers of this blog to see what else is being sold under the Leica label throughout the world.

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Leica Microsystems is one of the market leaders in the business areas Microscopy, Confocal Laser Microscopy with corresponding Imaging Systems, Sample Preparation and Medical Equipment. A key advantage for their customers is that they can configure Leica’s modular systems to suit their specific requirements.

Leica Microsystems develop high-tech precision systems for the analysis of microstructures with the user, for the user. In their product portfolio customers find system solutions for life science including biotechnology and medicine as well as for research and development of raw materials and industrial quality assurance.

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.

For more information on Leica Microsystems go here

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.

The main customers of Leica Geosystems are: NASA, Airbus, BAE, Dassault Aviation, Eurocopter, Bosch, Audi, Volkswagen, Daimler (Mercedes), Chrysler, BMW, General Motors, Ford, Caterpillar, Bombardier, and a lot more. The list is almost endless.

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 built 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 world 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, the area’s reputation as a world leader in optics and precision measurement techniques will continue to be assured.

For more information on Leica Geosystems go here

Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation. As the only company to own the workflow from biopsy to diagnosis, they are uniquely positioned to break down the barriers between each of these steps. Their mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives” is at the heart of their corporate culture. Their easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence.

Companion Diagnostics are a critical part of targeted cancer therapy. For the patient it helps provide better treatment outcomes and lower unnecessary morbidity. For the drug developer it improves the efficiency of clinical trials and helps shorten approval times.

Companion Diagnostic (CDx) development is a core part of the Leica Biosystems' strategy and they have established a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team to enable them to be a comprehensive, full-service partner for Pharma & Biotech developing targeted therapies. They work with their partners to bring CDx assays to market as IVD solutions and have significant experience transferring assays and protocols from a research or LDT setting and converting them into a robust IVD product that can be used globally in a routine hospital setting.

They are dedicated to delivering high quality IVD solutions (instrument, reagent & software) to their customers when they need them. To achieve this, they develop products under strict design control, manufacture under GMP and deliver to their customers via our global sales & support network.

For more information on Leica Biosystems go here


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  1. Do the four companies own the rights to the Leica name and logo?

    1. No, the rights to the Leica name and logo are owned by Leica Microsystems. They have contracted with the other three companies to use the Leica name and logo.