Livingston History

More than 40 years ago, Livingston Laboratories started as a sales agent for major US instrument manufacturers in the UK such as Hewlett-Packard, Tektronix and Fluke. Livingston Hire was the first instrument rental organization to offer these services to the European market.

A major contract with Cable & Wireless in the late 1960s raised enough money to persuade the bank to support their ideas for substantial expansion. In 1970 Livingston Hire Germany was created, and another sister company was set up in Holland in 1972. In 1978, the company expanded into Stockholm, Sweden from where a branch in Denmark was controlled. Two years later, an operation was set up in Rungis, south of Paris.  

A major proportion of orders received during the 1970s and 1980s came from the defence market, and some of Livingston’s equipment played a starring role in several Bond films produced at Pinewood Studios, as well as on television in science programmes hosted by Magnus Pike and even on Tomorrow’s World.  

In the eighties, Livingston began to integrate computer systems into the product range and this equipment was also available for rental. In 1985 Livingston was taken over by the Brammer Group, but 9 years later this affiliation was broken and the name of the group from then was Livingston Group Ltd.   The growing relevance of services and the independence from individual manufacturers, as well as the high quality of services in all corporate divisions, served to turn Livingston into Europe’s leader. 

In March 2004, Mel Porter the CEO of Livingston bought Livingston out of Brammer Group and the company became independent private company and the business invested heavily in new technology.   

Livingston today

Today Livingston is the number one in Europe in Test Equipment Rental and IT Rental for a wide range of subjects including electronics, telecommunications, defense, aviation / aerospace, transport and IT. Our service portfolio within the Livingston Group is extensive and includes rental, leasing, sales of equipment and a range of services focusing on the optimal use of equipment.

We continually invest in the latest technologies and offer flexible programs that reflect the demands of a constantly changing market. Livingston continues to offer a global service, but succeeds on the other side also to its reputation for excellent service to keep up through local support.  

Livingston and the future ...

In this complex world Livingston is looking for simplicity in business through investments in e-commerce and e-communications. We introduce innovation in our industry through the introduction of new services. We work closely with our suppliers and our partners, to provide you the latest products when you need them.