BIT Group – Our History

With Roots Dating Back to 1898, BIT Group Stands Strong

Today, BIT Group is the leading contract services provider for a wide range of life sciences and medical instrument applications. As part of the financially strong Messer Group, we can utilize our international presence to offer services to OEM clients all over the world. In the global market, our strategy revolves around client-tailored solutions. With more than 350 employees in our global network in Europe, United States and Asia, we form an alliance of technical expertise.

Our History

Our parent company, Germany-based Messer Group, controls an internationally active group of companies which specializes in the production and marketing of solution-oriented products and services in the fields of medical technology and capital goods equipment. Founded in 1898, Messer has been a technological market leader for over 100 years.

Messer spun-off its first OEM instrument manufacturing business in 1976 and began IVD contract product development in the nineties. In 1995, Messer launched BIT as an independent company.

In 2001, BIT integrated KAIZEN into its operation in close cooperation with a Japanese KAIZEN team of experts, and in 2002, BIT adopted the new name BIT Analytical Instruments, in order to better identify its core competency and leadership claim. In 2004, BIT Analytical Instruments entered the U.S. market and established an R&D Competency Center in Germany and, in 2007, established an R&D Competency Center in the U.S. through acquisition of SSL, Ltd. In California.

In 2009, BIT’s China manufacturing facility began operations. In 2010, BIT Japan opened for business and a Hematology Competency Center in France became part of BIT. In 2011, BIT established a manufacturing competency center in the USA, launched the first OEM BITSMARTSOLUTIONS platform technology instrument and BIT’s collective facilities became known as BIT Group. In 2013, BIT consolidated U.S. operations to form BIT Group USA. In 2014, BIT Group announced the opening of its new 22,500 sq. ft. Center of Excellence for Life Science and IVD Products at BIT USA. In 2015, BIT decided to establish a second Chinese manufacturing operation in Shenzhen, China. The additional capacity and capabilities provided by the newest facility enables BIT to provide comprehensive IVD manufacturing capabilities and third-party Contract Manufacturing Services (CMS).

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