Pfeiffer Vacuum celebrates 125 years


Pfeiffer Vacuum has been setting standards in vacuum technology for 125 years now. The company can look back on a success story marked right from the very beginning by a pioneering spirit and a passion for advancing technological progress in industry and science.

It was in 1890 that Arthur Pfeiffer founded the company in Wetzlar, Germany and established it as a key player in manufacturing gas lamp lighters. With the global advance of electric light bulbs, manufacturing took a new turn based on this innovative lighting technology and the vacuum solutions associated with this technology. Over the years, the company founder recognized the growing importance of vacuum technology for the various sectors of industry and research and shifted the focus of his company’s activities accordingly.

In the years that followed, Pfeiffer Vacuum played a decisive role in shaping vacuum technology. The major milestone was the invention of the turbopump in 1958. It revolutionized the industry, since it was the first pump ever to generate oil-free vacuum – the key at the time for opening up extensive new applications.

As modern technologies progressed, and advances were made in research and development, applications using vacuum became more diverse and sophisticated. Pfeiffer Vacuum‘s operations became increasingly broad-based, and the company established itself with its acquisition of adixen Vacuum Products and Trinos Vakuum-Systeme in 2010 as a one-stop supplier of complete vacuum solutions. The company’s portfolio today spans not only vacuum pumps and leak detectors but also measurement instruments and analysis equipment, and encompasses both complete systems and wide-ranging service options as well as consultation services.

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