Company Profile | Buehler

Buehler is a division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW), and is based in Lake Bluff, Illinois.  ITW is a global, Fortune 200 company and global industrial manufacturer of value-added consumables and specialty equipment with related service businesses. Buehler is a premier manufacturer of scientific equipment and supplies for use in materials analysis with offices in seven countries, sales distribution in over 100 countries, and over 45 Buehler Solutions Centers.

Buehler was founded in 1936 by Swiss immigrant, Adolph I. Buehler, who saw a need for metallographic sample preparation equipment and optical inspection instruments for the steel and automotive industries in the Midwest USA.  Eighty years later Buehler is well established as the world’s leading supplier of materials preparation and analysis instruments, equipment, consumable supplies and application solutions.

For more than 100 years Reicherter, Wolpert, Rockwell and Wilson have designed and manufactured innovative and unique hardness testers.  Today Buehler continues in their path with new designs and technologies to meet growing demands.  In 2011, Wilson Hardness was combined with Buehler to provide a more robust product offering.

Buehler employees and operations are committed to delivering quality and environmentally responsible products guided by ISO 9001 Quality Management Principles and ISO 14001 Environmental Managements Systems.  Buehler innovates solutions and offers expert service and support throughout the materials preparation and analysis market.  

4
Service Centers

275+
Employees

45
Partner Centers in 19 countries

8
Lab Facilities

80+
Sales & Distribution Locations

2
Global Manufacturing Facilities
About Us
Buehler was founded 1936 by Adolph I. Buehler, a Swiss immigrant who saw a need for metallographic sample preparation equipment and optical inspection instruments for the steel and automotive industries in the USA. Starting with a product line consisting of optical inspection instruments, a mounting press and a polisher, today Buehler is now well established as the world’s leading supplier of materials preparation and analysis instruments, equipment, consumable supplies and application solutions. Buehler merged with Wilson Hardness in 2011 to offer a complete line of material preparation and analysis equipment.

With offices in 9 countries, employing over 300 employees, Buehler creates the infrastructure to serve the diverse needs of our customers. Worldwide, the Buehler employees and operations are committed to delivering quality and environmentally responsible products guided by ISO 9001 Quality Management Principles and ISO 14001 Environmental Managements Systems.

Buehler products and analysis methods are applied in Quality, Research & Development, and University laboratories and across numerous industries, including Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Electronics, Energy, Medical and Primary Metals. As a leading provider of scientific equipment and supplies, Buehler strives to deliver solutions our customers will value.

Buehler is Part of ITW’s Test & Measurement segment. ITW (Illinois Tool Works) is a Fortune 200 global diversified industrial manufacture of value-added consumables, equipment, and related service businesses.
Buehler is Part of ITW’s Test & Measurement segment. ITW (Illinois Tool Works) is a fortune 200 global diversified industrial manufacture of value-added consumables, equipment, and related service businesses.
Our Mission Statement
Buehler's mission is to be recognized as the global leader in the materials preparation and analysis industry, providing our users with innovative & robust full lab-solutions, reliable service, support & access to the knowledge that comes from serving the industry for 80+ years. We also strive to achieve our goals following the ITW business model upholding the company values of integrity, respect, trust, shared risk and simplicity at all times.
Strong Partner, Reliable Solutions