Anton Paar

Anton Paar

Anton Paar develops and manufactures precision laboratory equipment and highly accurate process measurement technology and delivers customized automation and robotic solutions. With the equipment in the fields of density and concentration measurement as well as rheometry and CO 2 measurements Anton Paar is the number one in the world market. The Anton Paar Group develops, produces, distributes and provides support for analytical instruments used in research, development and quality control worldwide. Located in Ashland, Virginia, Anton Paar USA provides sales, application support and service to users throughout North America and the Islands.

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10215 Timber Ridge Dr. , Ashland, , VA 23005 USA
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Laboratory Equipment
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Globally (various continents)

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Measuring and analysis instruments
Anton Paar GmbH produces high-end measuring and laboratory instruments for industry and research. It is the world leader in the measurement of density, concentration and CO2 and in the field of rheometry. Anton Paar GmbH is owned by the charitable Santner Foundation.

High-precision production and close contact to the scientific community
Over 1550 employees at the headquarters in Graz and the 20 sales subsidiaries worldwide ensure that Anton Paar products live up to their excellent reputation. The core competence of Anton Paar – high-precision production – and close contact to the scientific community form the basis for the quality of Anton Paar’s instruments.

Oscillating U-tube: a milestone
A milestone for the company and Anton Paar in general was the development of the first digital density meter using the oscillating U-tube principle by Dr. Hans Stabinger in the late 1960s.

Strong sales network
Anton Paar’s strong sales network in more than 110 countries guarantees customersrapid support and answers to their applicaton and service queries.

Anton Paar's history

One man, one company
Anton Paar GmbH was established in 1922 when a young machinist, Mr. Anton Paar, started a one-man machine repair shop. He specialized in repairing machines for butchers and bakeries and soon earned a reputation for excellent work which led to contacts with universities and various research institutes.

The pioneer
In 1932, Anton Paar's youngest daughter, Margarete Platzer, the first Styrian female master locksmith, followed in her father's footsteps. She was especially interested in high-precision mechanics. The quality of her work led to a cooperation with Prof. Dr. hc. mult. Otto Kratky and production of the company's first scientific, analytical instrument - the Kratky Small Angle X-ray Camera - which is still the most widely used measuring system of its type today.

Technology transfer
In 1963 Ulrich Santner, Margarete Platzer's son-in-law, became CEO of the company. He formed contacts to leading research institutes and developed a systematic approach for transferring technology from research to industry. Several years of studying in the United States helped prepare Mr. Santner for marketing numerous innovative products internationally. He strengthened the business relationships to research and sales companies. The highlight of his career was receiving the title of 'Business Person of the Year' in 1995.

In 1986 Friedrich Santner, Ulrich Santner's son-in-law joined the company. As head of the Marketing and Sales department and then Managing Director of the German subsidiary Anton Paar Germany, he systematically built up an international sales network. Under his management several new subsidiaries have been founded and the position of Anton Paar GmbH as world leader in different areas of scientific instrumentation has been further strengthened.

The idea
The family firm became a foundation in December 2003. The 'Santner Foundation' is now the new owner of Anton Paar GmbH. The organization is a charitable foundation for public utility. Its turnover will benefit research projects in the field of natural and technical sciences as well as the prevention of drug abuse and rehabilitation of drug addicts. The CEO and chairman of the board at Anton Paar remain unchanged.