Mettler Toledo

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Mettler-Toledo International Inc.
Type Public
Traded as NYSEMTD
Founded 1989
Headquarters Greifensee, Switzerland
Area served Worldwide
Key people
  • Olivier A. Filliol (CEO)
  • Shawn Vadala (CFO)
Revenue Increase US$2,342 million (2012)
Profit Increase US$291 million (2012)
Employees 12,400 (2012)
  • Industrial Instruments
  • Laboratory Instruments
  • Retail Weighing Solutions
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Mettler-Toledo (NYSE: MTD) is a global manufacturer of scales and analytical instruments. Mettler Toledo is the brand name whereas Mettler-Toledo (with dash) is the name of the company. The company consists of several operating divisions in North America and Europe. Mettler-Toledo specializes in the area of precision instruments for professional use. Mettler-Toledo laboratory instruments are used in research, scientific, drug discovery, and quality control labs, amongst many others in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and cosmetics industries.

Formation and History[edit]

Mettler-Toledo was formed in 1989 by the merging of two companies: Mettler, based in Switzerland, and Toledo Scale, based in Columbus, Ohio, USA.[2]

The resultant company is currently headquartered in Switzerland, with offices for its many brands based around the world.

In 1945, Dr. Erhard Mettler, a Swiss engineer, started a precision mechanics company in Küsnacht, Switzerland. He invented the substitution principle with a single-pan balance, capable of being produced in series. Analytical balances with a single weighing pan gradually replaced conventional two-pan balances in the laboratory.

In 1980, Dr. Mettler sold his business to Ciba-Geigy AG. A third pillar - after laboratory and industrial - was created: the retail business. Technological progress had made it possible to advance retail scales to instruments for the management of perishable goods.

In 1989, METTLER acquired TOLEDO Scale Corporation, the largest US manufacturer of industrial and retail scales based in Columbus, Ohio. Its founder, Henry Theobald, had launched an innovative store scale with an automatic weight and price display in 1901.

In 1996/97, Mettler-Toledo was sold by Ciba-Geigy AG to the New York-based AEA Investors Inc., in preparation for a subsequent initial public offering. The initial public offering was completed and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol MTD. The company has grown both organically and through the acquisition of several companies to the current size of 10,000 employees and revenues of USD 2 billion (2008).

Operational Structure[edit]

Mettler-Toledo is a global manufacturer and marketer of precision instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. They are geographically diversified with sales in 2012 derived 34% from Europe, 34% from the Americas and 32% from Asia and other countries. The Company has an extensive global sales and service organizations with approximately 6,000, or approximately one-half, of the employees providing sales and service in 36 countries. The Company has a manufacturing presence in Europe, the United States and China.


1952, the measurement of up to one ten-millionth of a gram became possible with the laboratory balance products. "The Mettler Balance" proved to be a catchphrase in the laboratory.[citation needed] Consequently, with the advancement of microprocessor technology over the years, a wide range of products for the laboratory were invented, like automated titrators and thermal analyzers. Mettler-Toledo laboratory products and technology were able to improve processes in research and development, drug discovery and quality control. Application-specific software for balances provides data analysis opportunities to enhance accuracy, productivity and compliance.

RAININ Instrument[edit]

In 2001, Mettler-Toledo purchase Rainin Instrument, LLC, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Mettler-Toledo.[3] Rainin supplies precision instruments and services worldwide. Rainin pipettes provides automated chemistry systems used in drug and chemical compound discovery and development. The company also manufacturers and marketers metal detection and other end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging.



The Company manufactures numerous industrial weighing instruments and related terminals and offer software for the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and other industries. In addition, it manufactures metal detection and other end-of-line product inspection systems used in production and packaging. The Company supplies automatic identification and data capture solutions, which integrate in-motion weighing, dimensioning and identification technologies for transport, shipping and logistics customers. The Company also offers heavy industrial scales and related software.


Mettler-Toledo Cargoscan Dimensioning solutions are used by international transport companies, small carriers, warehouses and distribution centres around the world. Systems are all approved according to international weights and measures standards, ensuring high instrument performance. It has been shown that laser range finder technology provides high accuracy in the industry making an impact on a production's revenue.[citation needed]


Mettler-Toledo offers


Thornton, Inc. Process Analytics Division [4] founded in 1964 develops, manufactures, markets, and supplies instrumentation and sensors used for liquid process measurement and control applications.The instrumentation provides pure water treatment measurement & control for the pharmaceutical industry; and parameters of conductivity/resistivity, TOC, pH, DO, dissolved ozone and flow for the semiconductor and power industries.


Founded in 1948,[5] INGOLD specializes in solutions for pH, DO, conductivity, turbidity and CO2 for process analytics applications in chemical, pharmaceutical and food & beverage industries.


Hi-Speed division joined Mettler-Toledo in 1981 to provide weighing solutions for laboratory, industrial, and food retailing applications. The Product Inspection Team provides the checkweighers, metal detection devices, and other end-of-line inspection systems for local and multinational companies worldwide


Safeline was developed in 1989 at METTLER TOLEDO. The Safeline product was an advanced metal detector the used digital technology for increased sensitivity and accuracy.

To expand the detection solutions, METTLER TOLEDO acquired Raytech in 1997. Raytech manufactured x-ray inspection equipment. The x-ray inspection equipment combined with the detection products allowed companies to identify multiple contaminants as well as verifying product integrity and portion control.


Mettler-Toledo CI-Vision is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mettler-Toledo Inc. The Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection Group, consisting of CI-Vision, Hi-Speed and Safeline, is a supplier of in-line checkweighers, metal detectors, machine vision systems and x-ray inspection systems.

Charitable Contributions[edit]

Mettler-Toledo actively participates in the United Way organization.The company offers employees opportunities to contribute financially or by supporting volunteer activity during paid company hours.