About Leybold Optics
Heritage and History
The roots of Leybold Optics can be traced back to the companies founded by legendary pioneers Ernst Leybold and Wilhelm Carl Heraeus in the middle of the 19th century, 160 years ago. What follows is the story of the rise of two garage firms to become the dominating companies in vacuum technology worldwide, a story full of groundbreaking inventions and entrepreneurial spirit. In 1967, Leybold and Heraeus merged into one company – in a way the incubator of Leybold Optics. In its present form, Leybold Optics GmbH was founded in 2000 under the then roof of Unaxis, pooling the systems business for optical coating applications. From 2001 to 2011, Leybold Optics was owned by the private equity fund EQT III, which belongs to a group of leading private equity funds with investments in Northern and Eastern Europe, Asia and the US. Since the beginning of 2012 Leybold Optics belongs to the Bühler Group located in Switzerland.
As one of the world leaders in thin film technology, we develop and manufacture vacuum deposition equipment for a broad range of applications. Leybold Optics is a globally active high-tech company with over 550 employees in total. The headquarters are located in Alzenau (Germany); main production facilities operate in Dresden, Beijing, Shanghai and North Carolina. A network of sales and service centers around the globe ensures close contact to the extensive customer base and effective support for more than 2000 systems in the field. Leybold Optics products are grouped into two divisions: Optics and Glass & Solar. The portfolio offered by the Glass & Solar Division includes vacuum systems for the photovoltaic industry as well as machines for the coating of architectural glass, displays and other large surfaces. In photovoltaics, Leybold Optics is unique in covering all major thin film cell technologies, both on glass as well as on flexible substrates. The Optics Division commercializes deposition systems for precision optics, eyeglass coating, the automotive and the electronics industry. A top priority for Leybold Optics is innovation leadership in key areas such as sputtering, PECVD, plasma assisted evaporation, machine automation and software, as well as world-class customer service. In the served application areas, Leybold Optics machines typically set the benchmark for machine performance. Leybold Optics is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001.
Leybold Optics is a high technology company. Our people and their outstanding know-how are our most valuable assets. Our mission is to develop and market machines, which tap the nearly unlimited potential of vacuum thin film applications. Thus, we enable our customers to manufacture superior or even unique products in a cost efficient way. In the end, our technology originates objects of daily life, enhancing living standards or helping to protect natural resources. In all aspects of our work, we strive for highest quality:
We do it with precision and perfection, being engineers and pioneers.
Bearing the Leybold name is an honor as well as an obligation for us. We aspire to be the leading thin film technology company of the world in our business fields Optics and Glass & Solar. Therefore, we aim for
- Excelling in long-term customer satisfaction and service quality
- Driving technological innovation
- Being the most renowned and widely used brand in our markets
Leybold Optics – The Thin Film Company.