100 years at the forefront
of analytical instrumentation


Here at Anton Paar, we empower scientists around the globe so game-changing science finds answers to humanity’s biggest challenges. This means outside-the-box ideas from people who don’t just defy the status quo, but reshape it.

At Anton Paar, we think the unthinkable to create the exceptional. For you. Every day anew, since 1922. And together, we measure the world.

The recent years have shown us that together we can overcome enormous challenges. That only collaboration drives human progress on technology, climate change, social development, and more. That “we” is always bigger than “you” and “me.”

But together is about more than celebrating success stories, together. It's about the writing of those stories, together.

It's about shared curiosity, a shared fascination for exploring the unknown, a shared irresistible urge to improve every day. It's about 350+ certified service engineers and hundreds of local Anton Paar representatives sharing unbeatable expertise in more than 110 countries worldwide.

It's about sharing a mission to measure the world.

History

A hundred years ago, Anton Paar started a small machine shop in Graz, Austria. Today, we’re a global company.

1922

Anton Paar establishes his machine shop in Graz (on the Heinrichstraße). He starts off with just a hand drill, a foot-operated lathe, and four machine vises. His clients are mainly local butchers and bakers.

1932

Margareta Platzer, Anton Paar's daughter, increasingly takes over the business from Anton Paar and introduces precision technologies and precision mechanics to the workshop. A year earlier, she had become the first female master machinist in Styria and began setting up the workshop’s first contacts with universities in the Graz area.

1957

In Margareta Platzer’s era, the company starts manufacturing parts for scientific devices. The first one? The famous Kratky small-angle X-ray camera, designed by Professor Otto Kratky, which the company still produces today.

1963

Ulrich Santner joins the company. He begins collaborating with external research institutes and moves the company into the realm of scientific instrument development.

1967

The company unveils the first digital density meter with oscillating U-tube technology.

1989

The company moves into several new technology areas. It builds measuring instruments for rheometry and viscometry and starts building equipment for chemical digestion using microwaves.

2002

Friedrich Santner, Ulrich Santner’s son-in-law, takes over the sole management of Anton Paar after five years of joint management. He’s largely responsible for the ensuing international success of the company.

Since 2007

The company has been growing through research and development, the in-house design of measurement solutions, and acquisitions. In 2007, Anton Paar acquires Wolfgang Kernchen GmbH (now Anton Paar OptoTec), which lets it provide optical solutions like refractometry and polarimetry. The acquisition of Petrotest GmbH (now Anton Paar ProveTec) follows in 2012, which moves the company into the area of analysis solutions for the oil industry. Anton Paar begins making surface test devices with its purchase of CSM Instruments (now Anton Paar TriTec) in 2013. By acquiring Quantachrome Instruments (now Anton Paar QuantaTec) in 2018, it can start offering particle property analysis equipment. Most recently, Anton Paar purchases AXO DRESDEN in 2019, which moves the company into the X-ray optics area.

2016 – 2021

Anton Paar has been moving into new technology areas, including particle size measurement, Raman spectroscopy, and – just recently – XRD.

Since 2020

Jakob and Dominik Santner, Friedrich Santner’s sons, join the management team. Friedrich Santner stays CEO, Jakob Santner becomes CTO, and Dominik Santner COO.

2022

Anton Paar celebrates its 100-year anniversary. 100 years after Anton Paar started his small machine shop in Graz, the company now has over 3,700 employees and 33 sales subsidiaries around the world.

Graz museum

Check out the recent Anton Paar exhibition at the Graz Museum: An incredible 100 years!

Credit: Michael Herzog

Latest stories

Here are the latest 100-year Anton Paar stories – from across the company and the world.

The Pulsed Excitation Method: Anton Paar Redefines Density Measurement

added on 2022-10-03

With the Pulsed Excitation Method (PEM), a groundbreaking, patented measuring principle (patent nr. EP3012612B1), Anton Paar in 2018 once again redefined density measurement.

XRD TruBeam™

added on 2022-10-03

TruBeam™, the revolutionary, patented concept behind Anton Paar’s powerful new automated multipurpose powder X-ray diffractometer.

Einstein: What If? Part 3

added on 2022-09-14

What if Albert Einstein could have used an XRDynamic X-ray diffractometer? 

Einstein: What If? Part 2

added on 2022-09-14

What if Albert Einstein would have had a Litesizer particle size analyzer back in his day? Could he have convinced his era’s physicists that atoms and molecules existed? 

Einstein: What If? Part 1

added on 2022-08-17

What if Albert Einstein already had an SVM or a Lovis viscometer back then? Would he have determined the Avogadros Constant right the first time?

100 Years of Anton Paar, 1 Week of Celebrations and Workshops

added on 2022-07-11

Our employees are the foundation of Anton Paar’s success. The contribution of every single employee counts – whether it’s the people in the field or the many people behind the scenes. 

A day with Anton Paar

From the toothpaste on your toothbrush, the protein in your cereal, the gas in your tank, and the asphalt on the road, to the ketchup on your fries, the detergent in your laundry, and the alcohol in your beer, Anton Paar is part of your everyday life.

Rise & shine

The reason why your toothpaste sticks to the brush and your skin care feels just right? Rheology measurements.

Rise & shine
7:00 a.m.
The reason why your toothpaste sticks to the brush and your skin care feels just right? Rheology measurements.
Medication

Millions of pharmaceuticals – thoroughly put to the test with our instruments.

Enjoy your breakfast
Morning treat

Protein is important for your energy balance. We can break your cereals into their smallest parts to measure nitrogen molecules – which are needed to calculate the protein content.

A good start

Polarimetry can prove whether your honey is as pure as the label claims.

Taste matters

We are able to characterize fat particles in milk - they strongly influence its taste.

Hit the road

Bus, car, or even plane - no matter how you go to work or travel, you want to fill your tank appropriately. Our instruments help you to differentiate between gasoline, diesel, or jet fuel. If you need a tire on your car to withstand high strains, analyze its rubber quality. And if you don’t like scratches on your new car, you can test its paint coating for scratch resistance.

Hit the road
8:00 a.m.
Bus, car, or even plane - no matter how you go to work or travel, you want to fill your tank appropriately. Our instruments help you to differentiate between gasoline, diesel, or jet fuel. If you need a tire on your car to withstand high strains, analyze its rubber quality. And if you don’t like scratches on your new car, you can test its paint coating for scratch resistance.
Meeting minutes

Your notebook and its content – protected by strictly tested paper coating.

Lunchtime!

Is your olive oil really "extra virgin"? How does your ketchup stay on your fries? How much sugar is really in your soft drink – and how sparkling is it? Refractometry, rheometry, density, and CO₂ measurement supply the answers.

Lunchtime!
Is your olive oil really "extra virgin"? How does your ketchup stay on your fries? How much sugar is really in your soft drink – and how sparkling is it? Refractometry, rheometry, density, and CO₂ measurement supply the answers.
Need a break?

Sometimes less is more – and sometimes not. For example when it comes to quality. We help manufacturers to make sure that the sugar in your coffee is made only from the best crops and that your afternoon snack chocolate contains high-quality cocoa.

Need a break?
3:00 p.m.
Sometimes less is more – and sometimes not. For example when it comes to quality. We help manufacturers to make sure that the sugar in your coffee is made only from the best crops and that your afternoon snack chocolate contains high-quality cocoa.
Coming home
Evening commute

Thousands of kilometers of asphalt are accurately analyzed to stay strong in the heat and cold.

Nice & cozy

To keep you warm and dry, the cement paste of the concrete your house is made of is analyzed to find its perfect composition.

Laundry day

Detergent formulas are tested for their Zeta potential – an important indicator for stain removal from textiles.

Wind down & recharge

When you round off your evening with a glass of wine or beer it tastes even better when you know exactly what it’s made of: Determining the alcohol and O₂ content plays a vital role in beverage quality control.

Wind down & recharge
9:00 p.m.
When you round off your evening with a glass of wine or beer it tastes even better when you know exactly what it’s made of: Determining the alcohol and O₂ content plays a vital role in beverage quality control.

Together we change the world

As part of the company’s 100th anniversary celebrations, Anton Paar is donating a measuring instrument to each of five educational institutions in Colombia in 2022 to support the country’s education sector and strengthen cooperation between Anton Paar and the scientific community. Anton Paar is already involved in an education charity project in India, which has so far supported over 2,500 children through school renovations and the provision of basic supplies – with further assistance planned in the future.

Anton Paar Donates Five Instruments to Universities in Colombia, in 100th Anniversary Celebration

“We want to strengthen the research and development sector,” says CEO Friedrich Santner

The five institutions are: the National University of Colombia, Bogotá; the National University of Colombia, Medellin; the University of Antioquia; the University of Valle; and the Industrial University of Santander.

The instruments are: an MCR 72/92, a DMA 1001, a Multiwave Go, an SVM 3001, and a ViscoQC 300.

The recipients were jointly selected by Anton Paar GmbH in Graz, Austria, and Anton Paar Colombia.

Project Kalam: Helping Schools in the Villages of India 

Kalam means pen in Hindi. But it is also the name of an unusual school project that Anton Paar India has overseen for the last seven years.

Funds were raised for more than 2,500 students to renovate schools in the hometowns of Anton Paar employees and provide them with basic supplies. Children in five schools now have a place they like to be in again, and where they can prepare for their future.

Coinciding with Anton Paar’s 100th anniversary, renovation of a sixth school is about to be completed.

 

Customer Success Stories

Uniquely Brewed Beer

added on 2022-11-07

Did you know that Anton Paar equipment ensures product quality in a globally unique beer-making process?

Keeping Up with Demand

added on 2022-11-07

Did you know that the Alcolyzer Alcohol Analyzing System helps distilleries save time?

Consistency Is King in Beer Brewing

added on 2022-11-07

Did you know that Anton Paar inline sensors help large breweries achieve uniform taste and consistent top quality?

Top-Quality Beer

added on 2022-11-07

The Oettinger Brewery faced a problem that the Anton Paar Flex-Blend 7500 solved. 

Quality Control for 16,000 Products Per Year

added on 2022-11-07

Did you know that a DMA 4100 M – a next-level digital density meter – plays a crucial role in the quality control of transformed products at the Bayer facility in Villefranche in France?

Top Performance in Motorsports

added on 2022-11-07

Did you know that the SVM 3001 – a kinematic viscometer – plays a critical role in the development of top engine oils for world-class motorsports teams?

Thank you

As we celebrate 100 years, our gratitude goes out to all of our customers around the world who are at the heart of our century of success and who are the driving force behind our innovative spirit.

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