Corporate Retrospective 2007: Gerstel

May 1, 2007
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As a family business, GERSTEL has always enjoyed freedom from short-or medium-term interests of investors, allowing us to pursue promising long-term strategies and projects.

As a family business, GERSTEL has always enjoyed freedom from short-or medium-term interests of investors, allowing us to pursue promising long-term strategies and projects. The GERSTEL tradition is to supply a steady stream of innovative solutions for chromatography sample handling and sample introduction, providing increased performance and improved system ruggedness. In 2006, GERSTEL was the leading Channel Partner of Agilent Technologies worldwide, an important milestone. The company was founded in a garage 40 years ago and has been established in the US since 1994.

Among the earliest products from GERSTEL were preparative fraction collectors for LC used by pharmaceutical companies for compound purification. By the mid-seventies, when almost all GC instruments were designed for packed columns, GERSTEL became known for connection technology. GC instruments were adapted to the emerging capillary glass column technology. The technology later provided leak-free connections for fused silica capillary columns.

In 1985, inlet technology was introduced to help provide discrimination-free GC sample introduction and analyte concentration, paving the way for a series of solvent-free extraction and analyte concentration solutions. After some years in LC sample preparation, GERSTEL added LC–MS solutions, including automated solid phase extraction (SPE), to the portfolio in 2006. Our integrated software helps control every step of the process, from automated sample prep through sample introduction to control of the entire LC–MS or GC–MS system.

At GERSTEL, we are thrilled to see continuing growth from pursuing our strategy of making labs more productive by automating sample preparation, improving detection limits and helping to remove solvent from the lab environment in the process.

We are extremely satisfied to be working with LCGC North America, helping us to learn about new trends and new techniques while presenting our news to the world. We wish LCGC continued success going forward and we look forward to working with you on this exciting journey.

Ralf Bremer, Holger Gerstel, and Eberhard Gerstel

Ralf Bremer, Holger Gerstel,

and Eberhard Gerstel

GERSTEL GmbH & Co.KG

Germany