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Verder Scientific Celebrates 20th Anniversary in the USA

When Retsch GMbH, the German market leader for sample preparation equipment became fully owned by the Verder Group in 2000, the decision was taken to become active in the world's top economies

by Verder Scientific
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NEWTOWN, PA — These days, Verder Scientific is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the US. When Retsch GMbH, the German market leader for sample preparation equipment—mills, crushers, sieve shakers—became fully owned by the Verder Group in 2000, the decision was taken to become active in the world's top economies.

The United States, being the largest global market, was the obvious choice to set up a new facility. Customer support, after sales service, and a high-tech application lab were the main focus to bring existing and new users access to the manufacturer's full knowledge and capabilities. A long term Retsch employee was sent to the US to manage the company and implement the parent companies proven market approach. Two partners greatly supported the start of Retsch Inc. HORIBA Inc., a distribution partner of Retsch's sister company Retch Technology, hosted the newly founded company at their premises in Irvine, CA. and helped with all the necessities regarding infrastructure. Brinkmann, Retsch's long term sales partner for North America also played an integral part of the new companies success in the US. After shifting their company focus to life sciences, Brinkmann sent customer inquiries over to Retsch Inc for many years. To this day, there is still a friendly business relationship between both companies, and we are extremely grateful for their initial contribution.

20 Years of Verder Scientific in the US 

After two years, it was time for a change. Retsch Inc. could "walk on its own feet" and decided to shift operations from the West Coast to the East Coast of the US. New premises in Newtown, PA greatly helped to overcome different time zones and improved communication to both the parent company in Europe as well as our many customers along the East Coast. With the expansion on the staff and widespread marketing campaigns, the name Retsch became well known all of the US and Canada, where customers coined the phrase "I'll Retsch it" when referring to milling of their sample material.

Dr. Juergen Pankratz, CEO of the Verder Scientific Division, adds; "We never doubted the importance and necessity of our investment in the USA and appreciate the contribution our employees and customers have made , adding to the strength of Verder Scientific Inc & the Verder Group as a whole. We look forward to further expand our company with new products and an ever increasing level of service to our trusted clients and partners."

As a result of the success, the Verder Group acquired other renowned manufacturers for its Scientific Division, and Retsch Inc. changed its name to Verder Scientific Inc. In addition to the Retsch brand, today the company is responsible for marketing, sales and techinical support of:

•Carbolite Gero, manufacturer of high temperature laboratory ovens and furnaces, including vacuum solutions, with plants in The U.K. and Germany.•Eltra, the German manufacturer for elemental analyzers for Carbon, sulfur, Oxygen, Nitrogen & Hydrogen

“I want to thank our customers who have been loyal over all those years as well as our distribution partners: Without your ongoing support over the years, we would not have been able to achieve a perfect match—our 20th anniversary, a group of 20 qualified  staff serving our customers and our business grown to $20 million USD per year,” comments Georg Schick, president of Verder Scientific Inc.