TESCAN is one of the world's leading manufacturers of Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM) and Focused Ion Beam-Scanning Electron Microscopes (FIB-SEM). TESCAN is located in Brno (Czech Republic), which is considered to be the cradle of electron microscopy in Europe.TESCAN have now produced over 3000 SEMs and FIB-SEMs.
The history of electron microscope production in Czechoslovakia dates back to the 1950s when a team led by Armin Delong in Brno started to produce microscopes. One of the first successful microscopes was the Tesla BS 242 model, which won a gold medal at the EXPO 1958. During its 30-year existence, Tesla produced over 3,000 different models of microscopes which were exported to over 20 countries.
After the Velvet Revolution, Tesla was divided into several smaller companies. Some of them still operate in the electron microscope market. One of these companies is TESCAN which was founded in 1991 by former Tesla development and service employees. The name TESCAN was derived from the words TESla and SCANning (scanning – screening).
TESCAN originally manufactured programmable controllers, digitizers for older analog scanning electron microscopes, and other small accessories.
In 2013, TESCAN ORSAY HOLDING was established following the merger of the Czech company TESCAN, a leading global developer and supplier of scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) and focused ion beam (FIB) workstations, and the French company ORSAY PHYSICS, a world leader in customized Focused Ion Beam and Electron Beam technology.The headquarters of the TESCAN ORSAY HOLDING is located in Brno, The Czech Republic. This location serves as the base for production and research and development of all microscopes. From this, about 95% of the total production is exported to locations all over the world via local subsidiaries and distributors.
TESCAN ORSAY HOLDING comprises 7 subsidiaries located in Europe, Asia and the Americas that together employ almost 500 people. TESCAN manufactures about 250 microscopes per year yielding revenue of approximately US$80 million per annum.
To cater for growth into new territories, TESCAN has opened 7 subsidiaries. These regional offices have been established.
TESCAN CHINA, Ltd. – Founded in 2009 and headquartered in the high-tech development area of Shanghai Caohejing and supported by branch offices in Beijing, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Shenyang.
TESCAN USA, Inc. – Acquired in 2010, serves the North American region.
TESCAN-UK, Ltd. - Established in 2013 and Based in Cambridge and covering the UK and Republic of Ireland.
TESCAN ORSAY FRANCE S.A.R.L. - Established in 2014 and based in Fuveau.
TESCAN BENELUX – Established in 2015, serves the regions of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
TESCAN do BRASIL – Established in 2015, based in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil and services the South American region.
TESCAN GmbH - Established in 2018, caters to the needs of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
TESCAN Analytics – Established in 2017 and based in Provence.
TESCAN XRE - Established in 2018 via acquisition of XRE NV, based in Ghent, Belgium.
TESCAN 3DIM - Established in 2017
TESCAN TEMPE – Acquired in 2015 (former AppFive, LLC). USA-based partner for tool development in microscopy.