100 years of Anton Paar

2022-01-04 | Corporate

The company's success story began on January 4, 1922, when Anton Paar founded his machine shop. At that time, no one would have imagined that this one-man operation would one day become a global corporation with currently more than 3,500 employees.

From the rough to the detailed
Even in the early years of the company, Anton Paar planned for the long term and involved his family, so his two daughters Hermine and Margareta, called Gretl, worked in their father's business. While Hermine was responsible for the bookkeeping, Margareta worked in the workshop. Later, Anton Paar gradually withdrew from the business. Gretl, at that time the first female master machinist in Styria, took over the management. Especially the proper training of apprentices was close to her heart.

Gretl Platzer's (formerly Paar) expertise and talent in the field of precision mechanics and manufacturing, but also the intensive interaction with universities and research institutes, formed the basis for many inventions. A milestone in the company's history is the Kratky small-angle X-ray camera, which was Anton Paar's first scientific analytical instrument.

Expansion to world market leader
From the 1960s onwards, the company focused on measuring and analysis technology – the ultimate beginning of the success story. From beer, wine and soft drink producers to pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies to chocolate or cell phone display manufacturers – they all rely on the technical know-how and instruments of the Anton Paar Group.

In 1963, Platzer's son-in-law Ulrich Santner (1932-2020) took over the management of the company. He set the foundation for the company's expansion in the field of measurement technology later on. Ulrich Santner made contacts with universities and contributed to the transfer of new technologies from research to industry. Finally, in 1997, his son-in-law and current CEO Friedrich Santner joined the management.

Many new sales and service subsidiaries were established under his leadership, and complementary measurement technology companies were acquired. As a result, the company's growth has been strong, both in terms of sales and number of employees. Anton Paar now has 45 sister companies and subsidiaries as well as 50 sales partners and operates in more than 110 countries around the world. Friedrich Santner also focused on expanding internal research and development.

Charitable foundation and the fifth generation
The non-profit Santner Private Foundation has owned the company since 2003. The foundation has two purposes: to promote non-profit science and research as well as to prevent and combat drug addiction.
In January 2020, Friedrich Santner's sons Jakob and Dominik Santner joined the company's Executive Board, making it the fifth generation to be part of the management team.

For 100 years now, the company has combined high-precision technology with scientific curiosity and a thirst for research. Among other things, this has made Anton Paar the world market leader in the fields of density and concentration measurement, rheometry and CO2 measurement.

"Talent, commitment and inner cohesion, in both successful and difficult times, have always distinguished us and our company. With these attributes, we are confidently entering the second century of our history," resumes CEO Friedrich Santner.