Markes Official Opening of New Site

ColumnNovember 2021
Volume 17
Issue 11
Pages: 8

Markes International moved its entire Welsh operations in March this year to relocate from Llantrisant to a newly refurbished site in Bridgend, which is twice as large as its former premises.

Markes’ Managing Director, Tim Hawkins, commented that the pandemic delayed any official opening, but with restrictions lifting, September was now a great opportunity for an official opening. Before cutting the ribbon, Hawkins and Markes’ Head of Business Operations, Pamela Simpson, took Economy Minister Mr Gething on a tour of the site, starting with the company’s demonstration laboratory, before moving on to its 52,800-square-foot factory and bespoke-fitted research and development facilities.

Markes develops and manufactures all of its specialist laboratory instruments at the site, which is its largest in the UK. Markes also has sites in the US, Germany, Canada, China, and Asia Pacific. The company’s instruments are used to detect chemicals in solids, liquids, and gases in much smaller quantities than have been previously possible. The instruments are used in numerous sectors such as environmental monitoring, defence and forensics, food and drink—and often in ground-breaking ways, such as detecting COVID-19 and cancer in breath and biological samples.

Explaining why Markes had chosen Bridgend to relocate to, Hawkins said: “Location is everything for a manufacturing business like ours. This is an established industrial area, so we benefit from a readily available skill set.”

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