Brno’s global electron microscopy industry continues to grow rapidly – ​​Brno Daily

Brno’s electron microscopy industry is flourishing. Brno is home to three manufacturers of electron microscopes, whose combined production accounts for about a third of the total number of electron microscopes in the world. Photo credit: Thermo-Fisher Scientific Brno

Brno, Jun 21 (BD) – Electron microscopes are advanced scientific devices that cost millions of dollars. Most people do not come into direct contact with them, but they are used in research and development (R&D), manufacturing and quality control of many products and sectors, including vaccines (including Covid-19), microchips, electric car batteries, materials and photovoltaics.

The first electron microscope was brought to Brno in 1947, with the help of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) after World War II. In 1950, scientists from the Laboratory of Electron Optics of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences headed by Armin Delong made the first Czech electron microscope. Today, only three companies from Brno, Thermo-Fisher, Tescan and Delong Instruments, account for almost a third of world production.

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Brno’s largest local manufacturer, Thermo-Fisher Scientific, recorded record sales of CZK 16.2 billion last year, becoming one of the largest Czech exporters. The company’s pre-tax profit reached CZK 716 million, and the company plans to continue its growth this year, increasing its R&D investments and recruiting a significant number of new employees.

According to Petr Střelec, general manager of the Brno branch of Thermo-Fisher, the company supplies universities around the world, as well as electronics manufacturers, car manufacturers and NASA. The vast majority of devices are exported outside the Czech Republic, with Asia being the largest market. Export growth continues despite the current complicated economic and geopolitical situation in the world,

Thermo Fisher Scientific recorded record sales of CZK 16.2 billion last year, becoming one of the largest Czech exporters. Photo credit: Thermo Fisher Scientific Brno

South Moravia’s largest exporter, Thermo-Fisher is also a significant investor in electron microscopy R&D in Brno, with over CZK 1 billion in 2021. Last year, this led to the expansion of its development portfolio to include mass spectrometers. “These instruments of extremely high sensitivity determine the chemical composition of samples at the atomic or molecular level,” said Střelec. “They are commonly used in the search for new drugs, the detection of traces of contamination in rivers or the air, food analysis, forensics, doping tests and space exploration.”

Last year, Thermo Fisher hired 465 additional employees, bringing the total number of employees to more than 1,500. Most of the new employees were in the development and production engineering departments, as well as in production . The majority of them were technically oriented and highly skilled professionals, but the emphasis on exporting and the current situation in the materials market meant that logistics and supply chain specialists were also much in demand.

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