#4 Bruker Daltonic
Founded by a German in the 1960s, Bruker Corporation is now an instrument manufacturer based in Massachusetts, USA, employing 6,500 people worldwide. The company’s history in Bremen dates back to 1977, when local scientist Professor Jochen Franzen founded Dr. Franzen Analysentechnik, a business making mass spectrometers. Three years later, it was acquired by Bruker. Today, Bruker Daltonics still manufactures mass spectrometers and ion-mobility spectrometers in Bremen. Mass spectrometers measure the mass of atoms and molecules in gases, and are used in the chemical industry, for example, to analyse chemical bonds and mixtures.
Electricity powers the world, and Sourcetronic tests electricity. The company manufactures measuring equipment for use in electrical engineering, including instruments for testing insulation and measuring electrical impedance, and provides measurement software and a comprehensive range of services. Sourcetronic is based in Bremen Technology Park, where it operates a calibration laboratory for inspecting and calibrating measuring equipment.
Mass spectrometers like those made by Bruker Daltonic cannot function without high-vacuum technology, for example from Vacutec. The Bremen-based company specialises in high-vacuum and precision technology. Among other things, it makes parts, assemblies and complete devices in which a high-purity vacuum can be generated. This is important for research into substances without interference from external influences. To achieve this, the company focuses on extreme cleanliness and precision in its manufacturing.
#7 Thermofisher Scientific
Like Bruker, Thermofisher is an American company, but it is significantly larger with around 70,000 employees across the world. Bremen is home to 400 of them. They manufacture mass spectrometers and analysis systems used in the food industry, in environmental analysis and in forensics. The Bremen site covers the entire production chain, from research, development and design to production, marketing and sales.
The OptoPrecision team working on the MODAR multi-sensor system.