Malvern Instruments


Malvern Instruments
Malvern Instruments
Type

Private Limited Company

[1]
Industry Instrumentation
Founded 1971
Headquarters Malvern, Worcestershire, UK
Key people

Paul Walker, Managing Director

[2]
Revenue

$93.38 million (2010)

[3]
Employees

191

[3]
Parent

Spectris plc

[4]
Website www.malvern.com

Malvern Instruments is a Spectris plc company.[4] Founded in the late 1960s, the company is a manufacturer and supplier of laboratory analytical instruments,[5][6] was influential in the development of the Malvern Correlator[7] and remains notable for its work in the advancement of particle sizing technology.[8]

According to Malvern Instruments’ own website,[9] it produces technology for materials analysis; principally instruments designed to measure the size, shape and charge of particles. Additional areas of development now include equipment for rheology measurements,[2][10] chemical imaging[11] and chromatography.[12]


Contents

Operations

As part of the Materials Analysis sector, Malvern Instruments derives most of its revenue through sales of a range of particle and material characterisation instruments.[3] These systems have applications across many industries including: pharmaceuticals; life sciences; metallurgy; mining; semiconductors; polymer and protein science and, even food production.[5][13][14]

Products

Organizational development

2010: acquisition of Reologica Instruments AB, a Lund-based manufacturer of rheology and viscometry instrumentation[2]

2008: acquisition of Viscotek Corp, manufacturer of chromatographic and laboratory equipment and supplies[8]

2006: acquisition of Spectral Dimensions Inc, a manufacturer of infrared chemical imaging instruments[9]

2003: acquisition of Bohlin Instruments Ltd, a Gloucestershire-based manufacturer of rheology and viscosity instruments[36]

2001: holding company changes its name to Spectris plc[3]

1997: acquisition of Insitec Inc from Burnfield PLC[39]

1997: acquired by the Fairey Aviation Company

1996: acquisition of A3 GmbH, Stuttgart based specialist in the design, manufacture and marketing of air and liquid particle counters[40]

1992: Burnfield acquired Malvern Instruments from Cray Electronics Holdings[41]

1992: landmark contribution to the development of laser techniques for particle characterisation[42]

1971: incorporated as ‘Malvern Instruments Ltd.’[12]

Innovations and awards

In 1977, Malvern Instruments was recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering, jointly with the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (RSRE), for developing the Malvern Correlator.[4] More recently, the 2010 list of winners of the annual Queen's Awards for Enterprise includes Malvern Instruments, in celebration of an instrument that measures particles in fluids.[1]

2010: Queen’s Award for Innovation[43]

2006: Queen’s Award for International Trade[43]

1988: Queen’s Award for Export & Technology[44]

1981: Queen’s Award for Export Achievement[44]

1977: Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement[44]

1977: MacRobert Award for Outstanding Technical Innovation[4]

External links

References

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  4. ^ a b c d FT.com, Groom, B., The cutting edge of enterprise stays sharp, 21 April 2010, Retrieved: 11 June 2010
  5. ^ a b Thomson Financial Mergers & Acquisitions report; Malvern Instruments Ltd acquires Reologica Instruments AB, published 14 Apr 2010, Retrieved: 12 June 2010
  6. ^ Bloomsberg Business Week, Stock Quote: SPECTRIS PLC (SXS:London), Retrieved 14 June 2010
  7. ^ The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE),MacRobert Award Winners 1969–2009, Retrieved: 16 June 2010
  8. ^ a b Provder, T; Challenges in particle size distribution measurement past, present and for the 21st century, Applied Polymer Science: 21st century, 2000, Pages 873–892, doi|10.1016/B978-008043417-9/50043-X
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  10. ^ Thomson Financial Mergers & Acquisitions report; Malvern Instruments Ltd acquires Bohlin Instruments Ltd, published 17 Jan 2008; Retrieved 12 June 2010
  11. ^ Thomson Financial Mergers & Acquisitions report; Malvern Instruments Ltd acquires Spectral Dimensions Inc, published 15 Jul 2006; Retrieved 12 June 2010
  12. ^ a b Thomson Financial Mergers & Acquisitions report; Malvern Instruments Ltd acquires Viscotek Corp, published 31 Oct 2003; Retrieved 12 June 2010
  13. ^ Blakemore, S; Made in the Midlands, Sunday Mercury, 2 July 2000
  14. ^ Snowsill, W.L., Chapter 16 – Particle Sizing, Instrumentation Reference Book (Fourth Edition), 2010, Pages 175–189, doi|10.1016/B978-0-7506-8308-1.00016-4
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  25. ^ Chen, et al., The role of protein binding in the poisoning of gold nanoparticle catalysts, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Volume 76, Issue 1, 1 March 2010, Pages 241–247
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  28. ^ Komabayashi et al., Particle Size and Shape of Calcium Hydroxide, Journal of Endodontics, Volume 35, Issue 2, February 2009, Pages 284–287
  29. ^ Raschke, D. and Knorr, D., Rapid monitoring of cell size, vitality and lipid droplet development in the oleaginous yeast Waltomyces lipofer, Journal of Microbiological Methods, Volume 79, Issue 2, November 2009, Pages 178–183
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  31. ^ Li et al., Measurement of drug agglomerates in powder blending simulation samples by near infrared chemical imaging, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Volume 350, Issues 1–2, 28 February 2008, Pages 369–373
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  33. ^ Luukkonen, et al., Rheological characterization of microcrystalline cellulose and silicified microcrystalline cellulose wet masses using a mixer torque rheometer, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Volume 188, Issue 2, 25 October 1999, Pages 181–192
  34. ^ Allen, et al., Whipped cream-like textured systems based on acidified caseinate-stabilized oil-in-water emulsions, International Dairy Journal, Volume 18, Issues 10–11, October–November 2008, Pages 1011–1021
  35. ^ Jewad, et al., Dispersant selection for aqueous medium pressure injection moulding of anhydrous dicalcium phosphate, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Volume 28, Issue 3, 2008, Pages 547–553
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  37. ^ Miles, et al., The design of well-defined PDMS–Magnetite complexes, Polymer, Volume 51, Issue 2, 21 January 2010, Pages 482–491
  38. ^ 'Hagenaars, et al., Relationship between structure and adjuvanticity of N,N,N-trimethyl chitosan (TMC) structural variants in a nasal influenza vaccine, Journal of Controlled Release, Volume 140, Issue 2, 3 December 2009, Pages 126–133'
  39. ^ Thomson Financial Mergers & Acquisitions report; Malvern Instruments Ltd acquires Insitec Inc from Burnfield PLC, published 31 Mar 1997; Retrieved 12 June 2010
  40. ^ Thomson Financial Mergers & Acquisitions report; Malvern Instruments Ltd acquires A3 GmbH, published 1 Nov 1996; Retrieved 12 June 2010
  41. ^ Thomson Financial Mergers & Acquisitions report; Burnfield PLC acquires Malvern Instruments Ltd from Anite PLC, published 9 Sep 1992; Retrieved 12 June 2010
  42. ^ Encyclopedia.com, Ceramics Industry, History: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-12291141.html Retrieved 14 June 2010
  43. ^ a b Queens Award for Enterprise Magazine; Winners List; http://www.queensawardsmagazine.com/awardwinners/search?qchar=M Retrieved on 12 June 2010
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