| US$93,380,000 (2010)|
Malvern, United Kingdom
11 August 1971
| Private Limited Company|
Paul Walker, Managing Director CEO and president
NanoSight, Viscotek Corporation, MicroCal, LLC, Malvern Instruments, Inc.
Malvern Instruments is a Spectris plc company. Founded in the late 1960s, the company is a manufacturer and supplier of laboratory analytical instruments, was influential in the development of the Malvern Correlator, and remains notable for its work in the advancement of particle sizing technology. The company 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, chemical imaging and chromatography.
Malvern Instruments Wikipedia
Malvern Instruments began with a focus on particle sizing. As it grew, this focus changed toward developing a "broad portfolio of analytical solutions". In 2014, the company's CTO expressed the company's focus as "We want to solve analytical bottlenecks".
In order to maintain agility and currency in product development, the company built an isolated internal division, the Bioscience Development Initiative based in Columbia, Maryland, which has an entrepreneurial character and freedom from corporate management constraints; the unit aims to rapidly develop technologies in partnership with scientists and engineers from the pharmaceutical and other industries and academia. This unit focuses on the biopharmaceutical sector, specifically formulation of drug products.
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. These systems have applications across many industries including: pharmaceuticals, life sciences, metallurgy, mining, semiconductors, polymer science, protein science and food production.
The company's managing director is Paul Walker. As of 2014, the chief technology officer (CTO) was E. Neil Lewis.Spraytec droplet size system
Mastersizer laser diffraction systems
Zetasizer particle size systems
Morphologi G3 particle characterisation system
Sysmex FPIA-3000 particle characterisation system
Near Infrared Chemical Imaging (NIR-CI) systems
Viscotek chromatography systems
2014: acquisition of MicroCal Instruments from GE Lifesciences, A Northampton MA, USA Based manufacturer of Thermodynamic analysis instruments
2013: acquisition of NanoSight, a Wiltshire-based manufacturer of nanoparticle characterization instruments
2010: acquisition of Reologica Instruments AB, a Lund-based manufacturer of rheology and viscometry instrumentation
2008: acquisition of Viscotek Corp, manufacturer of chromatographic and laboratory equipment and supplies
2006: acquisition of Spectral Dimensions Inc, a manufacturer of infrared chemical imaging instruments
2003: acquisition of Bohlin Instruments Ltd, a Gloucestershire-based manufacturer of rheology and viscosity instruments
2001: holding company changes its name to Spectris plc
1997: acquisition of Insitec Inc from Burnfield PLC
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
1992: Burnfield acquired Malvern Instruments from Cray Electronics Holdings
1971: incorporated as ‘Malvern Instruments Ltd.’
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. 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.
2010: Queen’s Award for Innovation
2006: Queen’s Award for International Trade
1988: Queen’s Award for Export & Technology
1981: Queen’s Award for Export Achievement
1977: Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement
1977: MacRobert Award for Outstanding Technical Innovation