Get To Know Us

Karl Kolb GmbH & Co. KG has been a major supplier of laboratory and scientific equipment of all kinds for more than seventy years. Our clients range from medical and scientific institutes to research and educational establishments as well as industrial enterprises.

The company manages a product portfolio of over 40,000 items from 439 manufacturers. The broad spectrum of products ranges from simple lab consumables to complete technical installations. No lab should be without the company’s “Red Catalogue”.

From our company headquarters in the Rhine-Main area in Central Germany we export mainly to customers all over the world.

We guarantee excellent customer service, thanks to our highly qualified sales personnel and experienced engineers, including specialists for all our markets. All sales and technical personnel take part in regular training sessions (e.g. webex seminars, product-specific technical training at the premises of our manufacturing partners).


Karl Kolb was founded in 1948 after representing reputable manufacturers such as Zeiss
in the Middle East, China and the US for some years.

In 1953 Karl Kolb was the first German supplier to publish a complete catalogue in English.

In 1983 Karl Kolb received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In the meantime Karl Kolb has established own offices and representative offices in various countries. In 2010 Karl Kolb established a branch office in Basra, Iraq.

Karl Kolb was awarded a contract from the Iraqi Government for a large scale project comprising the upgrade of all medical universities in Iraq which will be executed until 2017.

All from one reliable source

The number of manufacturers of laboratory and scientific equipment can seem confusing. Karl Kolb’s marketplace knowledge puts it in an excellent position to understand client needs and deliver what they require by lining up the right products to create a complete solution. All products distributed by Karl Kolb fulfil the most exacting German and European quality standards. After all, Karl Kolb is an authorized distributor of renowned companies such as Leica, Beckman Coulter, Sciex, Molecular Devices and many others.


Our Commitment

German industry has long enjoyed a global reputation for quality, efficiency and reliability. Expect punctuality? You’ll get it! Although we are a “German company” in every respect, with undeniably strong family traditions, Karl Kolb is also an undeniably modern, international business that understands and respects the values, culture and practices of the various countries where we do business. Generations of domestic and international partners – manufacturers and suppliers, as well as users and buyers – have invested their trust and confidence in our company.

Based in Dreieich near Frankfurt, the family-owned business has flourished over many decades. Now run by the third generation, the company maintains its core values, a commitment to its clients and employees – in Germany and worldwide.

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