Shimadzu Europa 50th anniversary
50 years of Shimadzu in Europe
"Dear Shimadzu colleagues, we wish you all the best for the first 50 years of successful work for the analytical community and hope to continue our good collaboration in the future"
Torsten Schmidt and his team, Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, University of Duisburg-Essen
Development of Shimadzu as an organization
Since the 1990s, when Shimadzu had already been present in Europe for 25 years, political and societal changes on the continent opened up new market opportunities in Eastern Europe.
Shimadzu started to expand its base in Europe with additional technical offices in Germany. In the following years, many branch offices and subsidiaries have been established. In 1990, Shimadzu founded its first subsidiary in Austria, covering the additional sales regions of CSFR, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. One year later, Shimadzu Italia commenced business in Milan, Italy's industrial and financial heart. In 1992, Shimadzu Benelux was founded. From the Dutch city of s’Hertogenbosch, Shimadzu can easily serve the economic centers of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Brussels. Strategically located in Milton Keynes, Shimadzu UK was established in 1996, half way between the economic centers of London and Birmingham. Zagreb, the capital of Croatia and an international trade and business center, is Shimadzu’s hub along the Adriatic east coast, starting in 1997 and adding Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia in 2001. At the end of the decade, Shimadzu Switzerland was launched in the outskirts of Basel where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, one of the most dynamic economic regions of Switzerland.
In 2002, Shimadzu France, located east of Paris, has been established. From there the whole French market is served up to Réunion in the Indian Sea.
To integrate Shimadzu Germany into the new European organizational structure, it was established in 2007 as an own entity, although Shimadzu since its market entry in 1968 has of course been very active in Germany as the largest market-place in Europe. Due to a fast growing workforce of over 110 employees, the German subsidiary in 2017 has moved into an own office space close to the European headquarter
Simultaneously with the expansion of subsidiaries, Shimadzu has increased its network of distributors in almost all other European countries, so that Shimadzu meanwhile operates all over the continent.
The concept of running subsidiaries, i.e. own entities, in selected European markets is part of Shimadzu’s “Strategy of the Future”, a European business restructuring process establishing independent companies in major markets and countries in order to better support new trends and markets.
The latest highlight in development of the European homebase was in 2017, when Shimadzu acquired ALSACHIM, a France-based specialist company for stable isotope-labelled compounds, metabolites and pharmaceutical related substances, and analytical purposes. ALSACHIM is promoted under its own brand, but is a “Shimadzu Group Company”. Together with ALSACHIM, Shimadzu is able to provide the clinical market with complete solutions consisting of hardware and software as well as application kits.