Historical milestones The history of Leybold Vacuum spans a period of well over 162 years, during which time innovative vacuum technology was continually put to use to make the applications of our customers possible.

  • 1850
  • 1900
  • 1950
  • 2000
  • 2014
  • 1850

    Foundation of Leybold, pioneering the development of vacuum technology

  • 1870

    Ernst Leybold retired and sold the company to Emil Schmidt and Otto Ladendorff, who ...

  • 1906

    The renamed company began its extremely successful collaboration with Prof. Dr. ...

  • 1911

    Development of the molecular air pump by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaede

  • 1967

    Merger of E. Leybold´s Nachfolger and Heraeus Hochvakuum GmbH

    Until this date, Dr. Manfred Dunkel had been the head of the company for 36 years and helped it to become a company of world-wide renown also by expanding the range of products.

  • 1980

    The period of the 1980s was marked by turbulent growth

    By 1987 the company had sales of over a billion marks thanks to the good work of its about 5,600 employees worldwide.

  • 1987

    Effective 1 October 1987 Leybold Heraeus was renamed Leybold Aktiengesellschaft ...

  • 1994

    Cologne remained the location of the vacuum-pump technology divison, Hürth that of ...

    All divison became independent GmbHs (LTDs.)

  • 2006

    The Leybold trademark applies only to the vacuum-pump technology division, Leybold Vacuum

    As part of the Switzerland-based OC Oerlikon Management AG, the company is the world-wide leading supplier of vacuum technology and system solutions