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130 years of Pfeiffer Vacuum


Pfeiffer Vacuum has been shaping the vacuum industry since 1890

Pfeiffer Vacuum has been influencing developments in vacuum technology for 130 years. Science and industry have benefited equally from the numerous innovations developed and successfully brought to the market by this long-established company. A key example being the turbomolecular pump, which was developed by the company in 1958 and has been integral to the market ever since. Thanks to its expertise, Pfeiffer Vacuum is still considered one of the world's market and technology leaders in this field.

When Arthur Pfeiffer founded the company in Wetzlar, Germany, in 1890, he initially devoted his attention to the production of remote ignition systems for gas lamps. Once electric light bulbs had established themselves on the market, the company founder quickly turned his attention to the new lighting technology that led him to look at the vacuum technology used in its production. Arthur Pfeiffer quickly recognized the significance that vacuum technology could have in practically all areas of industry and research – and he subsequently concentrated entirely on this field. Since then, Pfeiffer Vacuum has played a key role in shaping vacuum technology.

Today, customers include the Max Planck Institute, CERN, XFEL and EADS - vacuum pumps made by the Asslar-based manufacturer are even in use in the ISS space station. There, as in many other applications, the customer’s requirements are often very complex – not only with regard to the vacuum requirement itself, but also to the specifics of the system in question, the materials and products used or to be processed, and the process conditions.

Automotive components, smartphones, pacemakers, textiles – vacuum technology is used for all these products and its solutions play an important role in both food production and in the pharmaceutical industry. Products and solutions from Pfeiffer Vacuum are developed for the fields of analytics, industry, research and development, coating systems and semiconductors.

Dr. Eric Taberlet, Chief Executive Officer of Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG:

“With our durable products and customized vacuum solutions, we are able to satisfy practically every customer requirement and to establish relationships that will endure for years to come. At Pfeiffer Vacuum, ‘sustainability’ is not just an empty word. We are aware of our responsibility. And this is why, at all our locations around the world, we establish the necessary conditions to make sure that our staff enjoy working for Pfeiffer Vacuum. We are socially committed, because we want to give something back, and we produce our products in the most energy-efficient and environmentally compatible
manner possible. We have been living and breathing sustainability – by tradition – for 130 years.

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