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1962

Dr.-Ing. Herbert Knauer and his wife Roswitha founded the Company and offers an universal temperature measuring device and an electronic freezing point osmometer/cryoscopy device for determining molecular weights.

1970

At Leipzig Trade Fair in East Germany, Knauer is honored with a gold medal. This opened the east European market for vapor pressure osmometers for the company.

1974

KNAUER develops new instruments and columns for High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). The new company headquarters is completed in 1974.

1976

Knauer presented HPLC instruments in modular format and they quickly become well-known for their outstanding flexibility. Biggest selling product is the Pump-64.

1987

Knauer offers HPLC columns with inner diameters ranging from 2 to 32 mm. In addition, a numerous assortment of column materials, the know-how for filling columns and application development.

1992

Introduction of a complete range of products for preparative chromatography.

1995

Alexandra Knauer, daughter of the company’s founder, is appointed General Manager and begins managing the company in close collaboration with her father.

1996

Development of the smallest SMB system in the world for preparative continuous chromatography – used for the separation of two-component mixtures, such as chiral products.

1998

The WellChrom HPLC line, one of the most compact HPLC systems on the market with a scanning UV detector is launched.

2000

Alexandra Knauer becomes sole owner of the company.

2001

Starting in 2001, production is increasingly moved in-house to ensure quality and improve flexibility. The vision of the innovation department: detectors with fiber optics.

2003

Introduction of the modern Smartline HPLC series with a diode array detector.

2006

The Smartline Assistant can take over a variety of tasks such as sample preparation, sample injection or fraction collection.

2008

PLATINblue, the new modular system for UHPLC features an pressure range of up to 1000 bar with a data acquisition rate of up to 200 Hz, matching UHPLC columns and a compact LC/MS- solution are also in the program.

2009

New product line for OEM customers with HPLC and non-HPLC applications and Bioline, a bio-chromatography system are developed.

2010

Alexandra Knauer wins the prestigious "Prix Veuve Clicquot" as female entrepreneur of the year in Germany and Knauer wins an award for being one of the most family-friendly companies in Berlin-Brandenburg.

2012

The new product line AZURA with the flagship AZURA Prep LC which includes numerous modules and new axially compressible columns was presented.

2013

Knauer receives the Innovation Award Berlin Brandenburg 2013 for its purification system Contichrom.

2014

The new product line AZURA Analytical HPLC has many, greatly improved. AZURA Mobile Control makes it possible to control devices from a tablet.

2015

Introduction of the new AZURA Bio LC Systems for FPLC-Applications. Typical areas of use are the purification of proteins and nucleic acids.

2016

Knauer receives the Quality Award Berlin-Brandenburg and the Application Award 2016 in the food analysis category of the specialist magazine “Laborpraxis” for the quality of its products.

2017

The University of St. Gallen awarded the title of TOP-employer 2017 to Knauer. Knauer is a global partner to the scientific community. We support research and development both now and in the future.

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