Headquartered in Barcelona with subsidiaries in Italy, Hungary, Philippines, China and Indonesia. 60 years manufacturing laboratory chemicals and culture media of microbiology. Around 200 employees in 8 countries with its own subsidiaries. Presence worldwide through distribution network in more than 100 countries. Four major production lines: Chemicals, Microbiology, Chromatography and Glassware. Established global laboratory supplier in the Spanish market. Solutions for research labs, QC labs, production labs, environmental testing, industrial manufacturing. Scharlab is the epicentre of Scharlau Science Group, a business group of 3 corporations. Awarded with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004.
The chemist Luis Alomar in collaboration with David y Torres, one of the largest distributors of Spanish laboratory material established the company FEROSA; Spanish Manufacturer of Organic Reagents, Inc. with headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.
In 1954 FEROSA was acquired by Paul Scharlau, a second generation German living in Spain, who had previously obtained the agency for the German laboratory chemicals company, Dr. Theodor Schuchardt.
As well as importing Schuchardt reagents, FEROSA developed chemical purification processes and began manufacturing some chemicals sold under the Schuchardt brand.
The main objective of the company was to offer an alternative to imported products equal in quality, and readily available at better prices, as Spain at that time, was a country with high import tariffs.
In 1970 the German firm Schuchardt was sold to Merck-Darmstadt and therefore FEROSA was obliged to stop using the brand name Schuchardt. As a result, FEROSA decided to market its laboratory chemicals under a new brand name, Scharlau, in 1971.
After the death of Mr Paul Scharlau, in 1980, his son Werner Scharlau took over the business.
In order to clearly segregate the business of manufacturing and the distribution business, a new company was formed in 1981; Reactivos Scharlau which set about selling Scharlau brand reagents as well as other products to the same market in Spain.
The Company focused on providing high purity solvents and launched a HPLC solvents line in 1982. This new strategy marked the beginning of an era of growth, first in Spain and later in Europe. Just one year after the entry of Spain into the Common Market, the Company was exporting its solvents throughout Europe.
In order to develop from being solely a manufacturing company to a laboratory reagents company a strategy to increase significantly the number of chemicals available in the catalogue began. The new product portfolio allowed the company to build a global distribution network with a presence in over 120 countries.
In 1991 FEROSA acquired a Spanish company manufacturing dehydrated culture media for microbiology. In 1993 the first edition of the catalogue for culture media is published and export of these products begins. With regard to the Spanish market, Reactivos Scharlau decided to become a distributor of Laboratory Supplies. It was organized into five major product categories: Chemistry, Microbiology, Chromatography, Consumables and Safety equipment. The widespread improvement in logistics in Spain helped Scharlau Reagents to become one of the leading distributors of laboratory supplies in Spain.
The catalogue was completed a few years later, with the addition of small laboratory equipment.
In 2000 Reactivos Scharlau decided to change its name to one that better represented the marketing activities of the company. Scharlab S.L. was born.
With regard to the manufacturing company, the same decision was made and the name Scharlau Chemie.SA was adopted
Between 2001 and 2004 Scharlab first moved its warehouse, and later its offices to Sentmenat, a small town about 25km northeast of Barcelona, where Scharlau Chemie was also located.
In 2009 a new ERP system was introduced, that amongst other things, helped to simplify the merger of the company that manufactured and exported (Scharlau Chemie) and sold nationally (Scharlab), to become the new Scharlab.
Between 2011 and 2013 Scharlab invested heavily in modernizing its facilities for solvents, increasing safety, with large underground tanks to store solvents, in clean rooms for pharmaceutical excipients and increasing storage capacity for intermediate and finished product.
Alongside this subsidiaries and joint ventures were established in Hungary, Italy, Poland, Indonesia, Philippines and China.
In 2013 Scharlab launched the first unified catalogue over 1,200 pages in length and available in various languages such as Spanish, Italian and English. A French version is planned for 2015.
Currently, the company, Scharlab employs over 200 people with direct presence in 8 countries.
The growth model has employed is based on that of providing customers with a superior service, and staff with a good working environment enabling them to adopt the company values as their own: teamwork and striving for perfection.
Scharlab does not belong to a private equity fund which means it can focus on long-term goals that guarantees stability for both our clients and our team.
MISSION We are here to...
- Contribute to simplifying and contributing to the daily tasks of our users through our products and services.
- Offer products and services that gain our clients’ trust.
- Distribute products that meet our quality and service criteria.
- Treat each client in such a memorable way that they tell others of their good experience.
- Promote our team’s personal and professional development.
VISION We want to be a company that...
- Is recognised by society, collaborators, clients, suppliers and investors for its professionalism and values.
- Thinks about and invests in the long term, not only in assets, but also in people.
- Is capable of adapting to change and satisfying the present and future needs of a scientific community on a global scale.
- Counts on satisfied employees, who strive for perfection and continuous improvement.
VALUES Our raison d’être and how we act are based on...
- Wowing our clients through our service, bettering our clients’ expectations.
- Building honest relationships through open communication.
- Efficiency: doing more with less.
- The will to progress and the courage to face challenges with regard to improving service and quality.
- Commitment to the personal and professional development of our collaborators.
- Working with passion, happiness and enthusiasm.
Scharlab is committed to fulfil or exceed customer requirements by the implementation of a management system, which includes outstanding quality service and products, the preservation of environment and the assurance of the health & safety of the personnel.
Scharlab has implemented since 1995 a quality system following the requirements of ISO 9000 and an environmental system since 2002 in the production unit according to the requirements of ISO 14000. Scharlab also meets the requirements of the national law 31/95 about health & safety in job places.
Thus, Scharlab has an integrated manual for all three disciplines including written procedures and documentation related for the subsequent manage of business requirements for this system and desirable continuous improvement.
A Quality Assurance department, independent from other operatives units and reporting to general manager is the responsible for the control, implementation and enhancement of the comprehensive management system.
All products, manufactured or distributed by Scharlab, have written specifications available to customers in our catalogues and technical documentation.
Scharlau technical data sheets (TDS) include the most relevant information of the product and the last version can be downloaded in this page or contacting customer service.
Custom made products with customer specifications are also possible. Please enquire if you need a product that is not in our catalogue
Each batch produced under Scharlau Brand is provided with a certificate of analysis (CoA) with the actual batch results, expiry date and significant information for the use or storage, if needed.
That certificate of analysis for Scharlau Brand products can be downloaded in this page or contacting customer service. In some cases, the certificate is supplied attached to the product. In case of other brands distributed for Scharlab, please ask to our Customer Service if you need.
Certificates of analysis are not available for expired products.
All Scharlau products have an expiry date printed on labels and certificates of analysis based on experimental or historical data.
Those dates mean the time that the product should fulfil the specifications established, as regards the maintenance of the storage and manipulation conditions. We do not recommend using the product after this date.
Once opened, as a general rule, the product should maintain the specifications while the storage conditions are the same as before. In the certificate of analysis are printed the specific conditions of storage for the products with a special treatment after being opened under ‘Storage and use'. In some cases, specific statements are issued for unstable products.
No retest dates are applied to our products.
Audits in our premises are permitted with prior notification. Please contact with our Sales department.
Scharlab reserves the right to postpone, cancel or modify a scheduled audit.
Scharlab handles customer complaints according to the written procedures in the management system. Please contact with our Sales Department in case you need to inform us about any complaint.
All customer complaints are investigated and an official answer is issued including, when appropriate, the corrective actions implemented.
Scharlab considers the critical changes applied in the products, facilities and services that may affect pharmaceutical customers.
For that reason, Scharlab notifies the changes in the supplied products that should meet pharmacopoeia requirements (with the exception of the reagents) to all customers registered in the automatic application existing in our intranet.
Scharlab is located in a rural area surrounded by forest and the preservation of the environment is one of the main concerns of the company. Scharlab works for ensuring that natural resources and raw materials are employed efficiently. Our new facilities in the chemical unit have been designed to reduce the impact to the surrounding countryside.
Scharlab does not inform publicly to external parties about the environmental impacts of the activities. This information can be reviewed during audits.
Currently, Scharlab has several goals related to best practices as business imperatives
- Reduction of electricity consumption
- Reduction in the water consumption
- Reduction in the use of paper
- Enhancement of the internal use of waste (reutilization)
Scharlab works for cleaner and safer products like aquagent reagent pyridine-free and takes into account the preservation of environment in the future projects.
Scharlab are continuously searching cleaner and safer ways of packaging like the new package for ready-to-use plates and uses mainly (when safety permits) external cardboard packages with recycled paper fillings for easier waste or reuse.