Leica Microsystems expands electron microscopy business

29 February 2008

Leica Microsystems (Wetzlar) has taken over Bal-Tec AG of Liechtenstein, a producer of instruments for sample preparation in scanning electron microscopy.

Leica regards these as an excellent match its range of transmission microscopy products. Both technologies are used for preparing biological, medical and industrial materials samples.

Leica Microsystems will manage the new product group from its Ultramicrotomy site in Vienna. Together with its other EM sample preparation products, Leica Microsystems now has a comprehensive product portfolio covering the entire sample preparation process in the electron microscopy laboratory for both biological and materials preparation.

Stefan David, Manager of Leica Microsystems in Vienna, said, “Electron microscopy sample preparation has an exciting future. Leica Microsystems was already a leader in key segments of the EM sample preparation market and now, with the acquisition of Bal-Tec AG, is consolidating its technological lead and extending its portfolio, offering high-quality products and excellent customer service,”

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