Historical milestones

The history of Leybold spans a period of over 165 years. Innovative vacuum technology was continually put to use in order to make the applications of our customers possible and enable profitable progress.

  • Leybold Logo

    Atlas Copco becomes sole owner of Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum GmbH

    Rebranding to Leybold GmbH, now part of the Atlas Copco Group

  • Shift of service competence to Dresden

    Shift of service competence to Dresden

    Oerlikon Leybold Vakuum shift the service activities from Cologne to Dresden.

  • A giant leap in vacuum technology

    A giant leap in vacuum technology

    Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum launches the TURBOVACi, a hybrib high vacuum pump dedicated to the research & development market as well as for the analytical market.

  • Enlargement of manufacturing site in Tianjin, China

    Enlargement of manufacturing site in Tianjin, China

    Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum enlarges the number of SOGEVAC variants produced in China.

  • New magnetically levitated turbo molecular pumps

    New magnetically levitated turbo molecular pumps

    New, flexible high vacuum pump MAGiNTEGRA for the coating and solar market.

  • Introduction of the DRYVAC

    Introduction of the DRYVAC

    Important change in the fore vacuum market - the new dry compressing vacuum pump DRYVAC is launched.

  • Enlargement of the roots pump product range

    Enlargement of the roots pump product range

    Launch of the new roots vacuum pump RUVAC WH

  • Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum enters the solar market

    Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum enters the solar market

    Introduction of a series of products for photovoltaic applications,

  • Introduction of the SCREWLINE dry pump

    Introduction of the SCREWLINE dry pump

    The new dry compressing screw vacuum pump SCREWLINE enters the market.

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

    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.

  • All divison became independent GmbHs (LTDs.)

    All divison became independent GmbHs (LTDs.)

    Cologne remained the location of the vacuum-pump technology divison, Hürth that of the science teaching materials division. Vacuumprocess engineering stayed in Hanau

  • Leybold Heraeus became to Leybold AG

    Leybold Heraeus became to Leybold AG

    Effective 1 October 1987 Leybold Heraeus was renamed Leybold Aktiengesellschaft (English: Leybold Corporation), Company headquarters moved from Cologne to Hanau

  • The period of the 1980s was marked by turbulent growth

    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.

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

    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.

  • First molecular air pump

    First molecular air pump

    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaede invented the first molecular air pump, thus laying the ground for subsequent inventions such as the turbomolecular pumps.

  • E. Leybold's Nachfolger

    E. Leybold's Nachfolger

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

  • Sale to Emil Schmidt and Otto Ladendorff

    Sale to Emil Schmidt and Otto Ladendorff

    Ernst Leybold retired and sold the company to Emil Schmidt and Otto Ladendorff, who renamed it E. Leybold's Nachfolger

  • Foundation of Leybold, pioneering the development of vacuum technology

    Foundation of Leybold, pioneering the development of vacuum technology