Eppendorf develops, produces and sells premium products, solutions and services, primarily for academic and industrial laboratories around the world. As a premium provider in the life science industry, we play a leading role in the global market, particularly in the public sector. It is our goal to strengthen this leadership by continuously developing the company and concentrating on the innovative and high-growth areas of the life science markets. Eppendorf focuses its business activities on Europe, the Americas, China and the Asia/Pacific/Africa region (APA). The company has subsidiaries in 33 countries and is represented by distribution partners in many additional markets.
Brands & products
Eppendorf products include pipettes, pipetting systems, dispensers, centrifuges and mixers. Beyond that, Eppendorf also offers ultra-low-temperature freezers, fermentors and bioreactors, CO2 incubators, shakers and cell manipulation systems. Consumables such as pipette tips, reaction tubes, microplates and single-use bioreactor vessels complete the range of top-quality premium products.
For the most part, Eppendorf produces and sells its products under its own name (mono-brand concept). Eppendorf products are generally known by the same name worldwide. Only a few products have different names in different markets. Acquisitions are consistently integrated into the world of the Eppendorf brand, including brand names and colors.
It is part of the Eppendorf strategy to introduce new products and applications to the market on an ongoing basis. At the same time, service to support our products is increasingly gaining in importance; previously limited to repairs, our service activities now involve longer-term contracts.
Ownership, legal form & location of headquarters
Eppendorf has always been a progressive company, consistently choosing the name and legal form that best fit the company and its specific stage of development. Eppendorf AG was transformed into a SE (Societas Europaea) in October 2021. As a result, the company now conducts business as an European stock corporation. The new legal form underscores Eppendorf’s evolution into a modern, global company with a particular international and European focus.
Another positive effect of the change to an SE is that all employees across Europe, not only those in Germany, now have a body to represent them in the form of the SE works council. This international representation of our employees from European countries opens up opportunities for international dialogue on how we will shape the future of Eppendorf together.
In 2021, as in years past, Eppendorf saw strong growth worldwide. Most notably, the Eppendorf Group expanded its personnel capacity in the area of sales, as well as in research and development. Workforce growth was led by the regions of Europe, which saw headcount increase by 13.8% compared with the previous year, and Asia/Pacific/Africa (APA), where the number of employees grew by 7.8%.
As of December 31, 2021, the Eppendorf Group had 4,627 employees worldwide. To allow for a flexible response to fluctuations in capacity utilization, the plants also use temporary employees in addition to their permanent workforce. In light of the sharp rise in production volumes during the year under review, the number of temporary employees also increased, rising to 181 as of December 31, 2021.