Lovibond History

The Tintometer Ltd enjoys a traditional history but an even more innovative future. The company was founded in 1885 by Joseph Lovibond, a prominent brewery owner who introduced the LOVIBOND® colour scale and the first colorimeter ever as a means of ensuring the quality of his beer. By 1893 he had perfected his research and introduced the first instruments. Since then, the company has continued to develop and extend the product range.

Today, the company is bringing Water Analysis & Colour measurement to the next generation. While still recognizing the importance of traditional methods, The Tintometer Ltd is introducing new techniques to bring measurement and quality control to an even higher level, developing creative solutions to ensure the continued reputation of the Lovibond® brand.

Our product portfolio (consisting of Instruments, Test Kits and Reagents) has been developed and is continuously supported by our own R&D department - all in constant cooperation with our customers. The products are certified according to ISO 9001. What matters to us: both instruments and reagents are developed from a single source and meet the highest quality standards. The product range incorporates both visual and automated instruments, reference liquid and coloured glass standards and a variety of precision fused cells

All round the world the highly-qualified and dedicated Tintometer team guarantees optimum equipment for any kind of water analysis. Our research and development department works closely with institutes in Germany, England, Switzerland and the USA. Together, we are constantly developing new, user-friendly Instrument systems and analytical recording processes which we bring to full production level in the shortest possible time.

  • 2018

    New premises for Tintometer India Pvt. Ltd. in Hyderabad increasing manufacturing & production capability.

  • 2016

    Elected as a "Member Of India's Premier Body Of Water Professionals Serving the Interests of the Industry and Consumers".

  • 2016

    New premises for The Tintometer Ltd in Amesbury increasing manufacturing and production capability.

  • 2015

    The Tintometer Ltd has today announced the honour of being presented with the Queen's Award for International Trade: the highest distinction that can be bestowed upon a UK company.

  • 2014

    New manufacturing and research and development facility in India with a view to increase foothold and customize products for specific needs and market conditions in south east asia.

  • 2012

    New offices, expansion of research and development, expansion of the logistics center and a new parking lot at the SchleefstraBe in Dortmund Aplerbeck.

  • 2007

    Enlargement of the logistics centre in Dortmund-Aplerbeck.

  • 2005

    120 years Lovibond®. A new factory is built in Solstice Park, England.

  • 2003

    In the spring of 2003 we opened a new logistics centre to optimize product customation and delivery times in Dortmund, Germany.

  • 2000

    Research, Development and Equipment Production of water analytical systems and reagents for various applications.Global marketing of LOVIBOND® products.

  • 1998

    Introduction of new range PCCHECKIT Photometer systems.

  • 1997

    Certification according to DIN ISO 9001:2000 by DQS.30 years of successful activities of the Tintometer GmbH, Lovibond® Water Testing in Dortmund/Germany.

  • 1989

    Change of premises from the facilities at Westfalendamm 73 to our current address.

  • 1985

    Centinary of The Tintometer Ltd. in Salisbury England with congratulations by the Prime Minister Margret Thatcher.

  • 1982

    Introduction of the first Photometer systems for water analysis.

  • 1973

    Publication of the book "Kolorimetrisch chemische Analyseverfahren" in German language.

  • 1967

    Foundation of the Tintometer GmbH, Lovibond® Water Testing Company in Dortmund/Germany by Cay-Peter Voss.Technical backup and service together with closer contact leading to prompt supply of instrumentation to customers in Continental Europe.

  • 1953

    Publication of the first edition of the book "Colorimetric Chemical Analytical Methods (CCAM).Colorimetric Analytical Equipment was introduced using reagent tablets as an alternative to the liquid chemistry.

  • 1885

    Joseph Williams Lovibond being in the brewery business started the foundation of the Tintometer Ltd. in Salisbury/England.Joseph Williams Lovibond introduced the LOVIBOND® colour scale and the first colorimeter ever.