Corporate Retrospective 2007: Polymer

May 1, 2007

Special Issues

Special Issues, Special Issues-05-01-2007, Volume 0, Issue 0

Polymer Laboratories (PL), now a part of Varian, Inc., was founded in 1976 from the Polymer Research Group at Loughborough University in the UK.

Polymer Laboratories (PL), now a part of Varian, Inc., was founded in 1976 from the Polymer Research Group at Loughborough University in the UK.

At its inception, the company's objectives were "to develop techniques and instrumentation for the characterization of polymer systems and to develop high technology polymer products for application in the fields of chromatography, diagnostics and pharmaceuticals." Since 1976, Polymer Laboratories has continued to pursue these goals, with a consistent desire to develop these technologies.

PL is recognized as a manufacturer of the highest quality products for polymer characterization, including GPC/SEC columns and calibrants; software and instrumentation; columns and media for robust, reliable HPLC from micro and analytical to preparative/process; evaporative light scattering detectors for HPLC; particle size distribution analysis; online polymerization monitoring, resins for solid and solution phase synthesis; solid phase extraction for the removal of metal species from organic solutions; biomagnetic separation technology; microparticles for clinical diagnostics; and polymers for therapeutic and specialist applications.

The company's manufacturing is based in purpose-built premises in Church Stretton, Shropshire, UK. A major expansion program to invest in additional plant, premises, and people resulted in the completion of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in 2001, which has dramatically increased PL's production capacity.

Our North American customer support office is based in Amherst, MA, to provide you with excellent sales, customer support, and service.

In November 2005, Polymer Laboratories was acquired by Varian, Inc. in a strategic move to provide benefits across all PL's product lines, to allow us to maximize growth across the broad spectrum of technologies within PL. Polymer Laboratories is delighted to have become part of Varian, and we will continue to bring you leading edge, reliable, state-of-the-art products for both routine and challenging applications, with the added benefit of Varian's support and infrastructure.

Congratulations to LCGC on their 25th anniversary.

Laura Watson

Head of International Marketing

Polymer Laboratories

Varian, Inc.

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