Markes International Ltd - a company of the Schauenburg International Group
Markes International is a specialist manufacturer of instrumentation for detection of trace-level volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (VOCs and SVOCs). Markes has a well-deserved reputation for its application expertise in the field of thermal desorption, supplying a comprehensive range of instruments, sampling equipment and consumables that enhance the analytical capability of GC–MS. Markes’ systems are sold to a wide range of research, government and industrial/service laboratory customers operating in sectors including environmental monitoring, homeland security and forensic investigations, petrochemical analysis, materials testing, and flavour & fragrance profiling. Markes is a company of the Schauenburg International Group.
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- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Laboratory Equipment
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Year Founded:
- $10,000,000 US - $100,000,000 US
This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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Thermal desorption and sample preparation equipmen...
Thermal desorption and sample preparation equipment for GC–MS: Industry-leading instrumentation, accessories & supplies
Established in 1997, Markes International is a global manufacturer and supplier of specialist analytical instrumentation, accessories, supplies and consumables that enhances the sensitivity and application scope of GC–MS.
Our products help analysts worldwide detect trace-level volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (VOCs and SVOCs) in solids, liquids and gases.
Discover more – Deliver more
Our detailed technical knowledge, combined with our long experience of in-field applications, has always served our customers well. Today, we’re stronger than ever in these areas, and this is enabling us to push the boundaries of what’s possible in analytical science. In brief, we’re helping our customers to Discover more and Deliver more.
Powerful products for tough applications
Our thermal desorption (TD) instruments have for over 20 years been the mainstay of our business. Thermal desorbers such as our flagship UNITY-xr™ and TD100-xr™ systems use the power of trap-based focusing to concentrate samples into the small volumes needed to ensure highly sensitive GC–MS analysis.
Our sample preparation equipment is represented by our Centri® platform, which combines several techniques for the extraction and enrichment of samples. As a result, Centri enables analysts to analyse different sample types and maximise throughput, all on a single system.
Supporting these products is a broad range of stand-alone sampling accessories and supplies to ensure reliable ongoing performance, and the largest available portfolio of sample capture equipment for TD.
Our instruments adhere to regulated standard methods used worldwide, and their application scope is broad – from environmental monitoring to homeland security, and from consumer products to foods and beverages. In addition to these well-established fields, our systems are also widely used in advanced research, such as breath sampling for disease diagnosis, and investigations into chemical ecology.
Since we were founded by Alun Cole and Elizabeth Woolfenden in 1997, our engineering teams have pioneered numerous innovations in thermal desorption and associated sampling equipment.
Some of our most important breakthroughs include inert valving for wide analyte compatibility, backflush trap desorption for a broad single-run analyte range, cryogen-free cooling systems, and re-collection of split flows for streamlined repeat analysis.
Over the years, we’ve received numerous awards in recognition of these innovations, as well as for excellence in trade. Recent highlights include our Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in 2015 and 2019, and a UK Board of Trade Award in 2018 – accolades that we see as reflecting the enterprising spirit of everyone at Markes.
Global reach, talented staff
Our systems are sold worldwide, both through our own offices and our network of distributors, and our customers encompass research, government and industrial/service laboratories.
Our factory, technical centre and headquarters are at Bridgend near Cardiff (UK), and offer over 50,000 sq.ft of space for research, manufacturing, engineering, marketing and customer demonstration facilities. Our overseas support centres and laboratories are located in Offenbach am Main (Germany), Sacramento (California, USA) and Shanghai (China). We are also represented in Toronto (Canada), in the technical facility of SepSolve Analytical, our sister company in the Schauenburg Group. Across these locations we employ thermal desorption and sample preparation experts, alongside the sales and customer support teams, to help ensure our customers have access to our advice whenever they need it.