Growth and Diversification during the German “Economic Miracle”

Growth and Diversification during the German “Economic Miracle”

Demand for high-performance equipment increases with the post-war reconstruction. Sartorius achieves economic stabilization by rapidly launching exports and, in particular, by introducing the Selecta series of balances – a resounding success in the era of the economic miracle. In 1958, the 100,000th analytical balance is produced, while electronics gradually make their way into weighing technology.
The membrane filter company developed into a rapidly growing enterprise and began the industrial production of membrane filters by means of a specially constructed drawing machine.

1950 - 1968

1950 Established Technology with a Modern Look

With the introduction of the Selecta model series, Sartorius broke away from the design tradition of previous balances. The wooden housing gave way to a lighter, rounded light metal housing in line with the style of the time. The operating elements are all located on one level, simplifying handling. In addition, the user can only see one weighing pan, as the second weighing pan is concealed. However, with the Selecta, Sartorius had in fact taken up the technological development status of the pre-war era: Established technology with a new look. Initially, this did not affect sales, but as of the late 1950s and with the successful market entry of a new competitor, this became an increasing challenge.

1954 Pioneering Work: The First Series-Produced Electronic Balance

In 1954, during the early phase of electronic balances, Sartorius manufactured the world's first serially produced electronic balance: the Electrono 1. The balance, which is based on electromagnetic force compensation (EMF), is particularly characterized by its lower susceptibility to vibrations, shorter weighing times and simplified readability. Due to its product design, the Electrono has also been dubbed the "Anhalter Bahnhof," after the famous train station in Berlin. However, the pioneering device remained a niche product in the product portfolio.

1958 Worldwide Export

During the period of the economic miracle, Sartorius rapidly expanded its export business, which had already been an important pillar of the company. In addition to trade partners in Europe and the USA, and despite the Cold War, business contacts were also established in socialist countries in Eastern Europe and other parts of the world. The Selecta analytical balance becomes a bestseller, especially abroad, and significantly contributes to the economic stabilization of Sartorius during the economic miracle. Appropriately, the 100,000th analytical balance produced in 1958 is a Selecta.

1960 Mechanization of Membrane Filter Production

Due to a steadily growing demand for filters, which were now also used for testing drinking water, Sartorius developed a "drawing machine" for the industrial production of membrane filters and ventured into completely new territory with its development. To this day, drawing machines are at the heart of the production of filter membranes. At that time, customers for the products included the food and beverage industries, laboratories and institutes of all kinds, health authorities and clinics. The membrane filter company thus developed into a substantial and rapidly growing enterprise.

1967 Sartorius-Werke: From a Public Limited Company (AG) to a Limited Liability Company (GmbH)

At the end of 1967, the company's legal form was converted from a stock corporation to a limited liability company. At the end of the economic miracle years, Sartorius was able to look back at an impressive period of corporate growth. However, this period is also associated with the very successful market entry of a new competitor that established itself as the main competitor in the weighing sector. To increase its market presence and meet demand, the sales organization is continuously expanded, so that Sartorius already had trade relations in 130 countries in 1967. In addition, national and international industrial trade shows served as central points of contact.

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