Story C. Gerhardt - serving the laboratory industry since 1846 We work in areas that demand high precision and reliability. A reliable partnership, flexibility and continuous service orientation are indispensable prerequisites for our partners and customers. This is what we stand for since 1846. What makes us special Day-in Day-out Every day at C. Gerhardt, the difficulties of working in a highly competitive, worldwide market are taken in our stride. As a traditional company with youthful leadership, we build on many years of knowledge and develop dynamically and with vigour. We see ourselves as a hi-tech manufacturer, combining the latest technology with traditional skills. Our products are made in Germany and are continuously developed through feedback from our many customers around the world. Although we are an international company, we also take on responsibilities in our local area. The family-based company C. Gerhardt is a family company in the finest sense. It has been in family ownership for five generations. Our goal is not short-term success but long-term consolidation and growth. This fundamentally changes our perspective, giving us responsibilities for the future. Our customers are as important and as valuable to us as if they were part of our family. We feel an obligation to those who use our systems and equipment - wherever they are in the world. Our customers achieve continuously reliable analytical results through unrivalled, ongoing process support and customer service. The family identity and cosmopolitan atmosphere can be felt throughout our company - from administration, research and development, production through to management level. Innovative Engineering and Sound Manufacture We think outside the box and take a holistic approach. We frequently introduce useful technology from other sectors into our solutions. Many developments have arisen from cooperation with Bonn University and industrial laboratories. In this way, we utilise the most up-to-date knowledge and experience in neighbouring disciplines. Many of the projects are started from these customer requests. Improvements are made until we achieve constant accuracy in our results. This is how we develop new analytical equipment and adapt existing equipment to new projects. Ongoing Support It is essential that the customers' equipment routinely produces accurate results and functions without problems. To ensure this, we start with comprehensive consultancy and project planning through to installation, testing, and user training. Our customer service approach offers maximum support if and when things do occasionally go wrong. Why do we offer this? Well, so that our customers stay with us in the long-term and so that we can continually learn from our customers' experiences. This is the only way to achieve long-lasting success. Future Growth With our experience from the past and our strength from our current market position, we are on the path to a future full of promise. Having the right people in place simply makes it easier to be successful. We have confidence in our partners and ensure smooth operation, where necessary, by supplier redundancies. So that you can rely on us. Our staff give of their best every day, thus making a major contribution to the success of C. Gerhardt. And so that it remains that way, it is our ongoing task to motivate them and provide them with appropriate further training. Together as a team we can expand our leading market position and, if necessary, react immediately to changes. That makes us strong. Engineering meets the environment and art We are involved in nature conservation and bird protection. We promote young artists and collaborate on local projects. Our roots are strong in the Bonn region; it is the scene of our history. The Siebengebirge, Germany's oldest nature conservation area, rises up behind our head office in Königswinter. August Macke, one of the most famous German expressionists, married into the Gerhardt family in 1909. His descendants now manage the company. This legacy has shaped us. In the end this has a positive effect on our company. For the energy and positive effects from these projects are channelled into the company. Chronological table Our roots are strong in the Bonn region; it is the scene of our history. Here are some milestones: 1846: founded as "Marquart's Lager chemischer Utensilien. 1872: Carl Gerhardt takes over the company and company premises purchased at 100 Bornheimer Street in Bonn. 1884: First Kjeldahl unit - developed by Gerhardt1910: Re-named "C. Gerhardt, Fabrik und Lager chem. Apparate". 1939: Business suspended due to 2nd World War. Amazingly, the buildings in Bonn remain intact. 1945: In May, work starts again. Much of the old stock is made available to hospitals. 1960: Dr. Wolfgang Macke - son of the expressionist painter, August Macke - takes over. 1975: Dr. Til Macke takes over the management and successfully guides the company into the 21st century. 1976: The trading business is sold to concentrate on equipment construction. Construction of the first VAPODEST, the rapid steam distillation equipment series, which is still successfully sold today. 1987: Gerhardt UK founded as direct subsidiaries. 1992: Gerhardt France founded as direct subsidiaries. 2003: Company moves from the old premises in Bonn to the Oberdollendorf district of Königswinter. 2004: Jan and Tom Macke take over all management actvities. 2009: Jan and Tom Macke take over the company from their father, Dr. Til Macke. 2010: Completion of the world's first fully automatic hydrolysis system HYDROTHERM. 2011: Foundation of several international CG subsidiaries in Asia. 2015: Release of the new and world´s best steam distillation systems VAPODEST. 2018: Start of the construction works for the large extension building in Koenigswinter (moving in date was in May 2020).