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History 1945 - 1960

1945
Karl Storz establishes his company in Tuttlingen at the age of thirty-four. The product range initially comprises instruments, headlamps and binocular loupes for Ear, Nose and Throat specialists.

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1952
Instrument set for bronchoscopy is modernized and accessories, e.g., for optical biopsies, are added.

1955
CLAR55 forehead lamp with 55 mm concave reflector and tungsten bulb – presented for the first time in 1955 at the ENT Congress in Constance and still the best selling model among “warm light” forehead lamps to this day.

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1956
The first extracorporeal electron flash device allows endoscopic photography in unprecedented quality.

1960
The development of the cold light source opens a new chapter in the company's history and in the endoscopy.

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