The VEB medical Leipzig Leutsch
The large factory site in the Franz-Flemming Street in Leipzig Leutsch belonged after the Second World War to the VEB Kombinat medical and laboratory equipment Leipzig. At that time, the immersion technique was made after 1949 under the trademark "Medicare". Before the Second World War was the dominant manufacturer of diving equipment in Germany Dräger, Lubeck. The GDR tried at that time of the burgeoning West German economy to become independent and had largely without imports of, inter alia, Survive immersion technique from the West. This happened on the one hand, for economic reasons, they did not have enough hard currency to import. But this technique had some military significance, and thus subject to the Cold War prescribed by the Western powers Delivery embargo. Immersion technique was not offered within the socialist camp of other countries, so you had to invent something even in the GDR, initially for military and professional needs. 1948, several companies were closed by government regulation for medical VEB Leipzig together. 1952 VEB medical service of the Central Precision optics has been assigned. From 1958 to 1967, the operation was then called VVB mechanics and 1967-1969 VVB medicine, laboratory and weighing technology. 1970 changed the logo to MLW and it became the VEB Kombinat medical, laboratory and Weighing formed. Many of whom were still private or semi-public performance businesses in 1970, sometimes not voluntarily affiliated to the state-owned sector. The VEB medical became the parent company. The focus of the production of the Combine were medical and respiratory protection. The diving technical articles were just a side branch. In 1974, the production of Hydromal family was set as the constructive development of diving equipment brought in any currency. Only the RG-VE / M were LMOs task (LandesVerteitigunsOrganisation) and continued to be produced until 1989, they were needed for use with the NVA. The low capacity development, the uncertainty and lack of modern materials and technologies led to the one did not come to innovative products. The Kostrukteure Medicare preferred to stay on the safe side, for the realization of good ideas and felt proven products in accordance with its own technological options for. It worked possible with hard tissue slices instead of zero rings and with Tagelgarn instead of cable ties. Nevertheless, the result could be seen, the Hydromal compact controller was one of the best in its class. 1990 after the turn of the Combine MLW from the trust was shattered. The rest of the immersion technique ended up with many other products in the trash compactor. Since then, the factory is empty and rust to himself.