Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1995/11/02

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Subject: Who owns Leica?
From: Jeffrey Frey <>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 1995 07:48:47 -0500 (EST)

>From Wed Nov  1 18:01:06 1995
From: Tom Hodge <>
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On Wed, 1 Nov 1995, Jeffrey Frey wrote:

> I did check the Leica site, which is adding interesting information, mostly
> in German, all the time.
> Appears that Leitz and Leica are fully Swiss owned now; I wonder whther
> Wild has discarded its own trade name, because they are showing pictures of
> what used to be Wild surveying instruments on the Leica site.  The Leica
> group includes Leitz instruments, mostly in Switzerland, and Leica cameras,
> mostly in Germany.  There are more employees in Germany than in Switzerland,
> about 600 making Leica cameras in Solms, which is I understand near Wetzlar,
> and the rest making other nice things like microscopes here and there.  Several
> hundred people still are working in Wetzlar where is a feinwerktechnik among
> other things. 
> The Leica site claims development and production in 8 countries on 3 
> different continents, and do claim research on cameras in Switzerland,
> Germany, Buffalo NY and Singapore.  Also production in Portugal and Singapore
> as well as elsewhere.
> Ah, I see at the bottom of the page the note
> Founded in 1990 by the merger of Wild Leitz and Cambridge Instruments.
> So Wild and Leitz must have got together earlier and then merged with
> Cambridge, which was the first manufacturer of scanning electron microscopes
> in the world.
> Whew!
> Regards,
> Jeff

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