In 1979, having been approached by various laboratory manufacturers to act as their exclusive North of England distributor, Doug Milroy and Stuart Robinson joined together as Scientific & Medical Products Ltd (SciMed). Initially the company represented a variety of manufacturers such as Cavro, Ciba-Corning, Kartell and Parr Instrument Company, who we still represent today.
In the 1980s, the number of represented manufacturers increased and this growth necessitated an expansion of staff numbers – both Product Specialists and administrative staff. During this time, John Booth joined the company and SciMed began to represent companies such as Sherwood Scientific, Cecil Instruments, Cahn and Surface Measurement Systems, some of which included significant collaborations in product development.
The 1990s saw SciMed grow even more with the innovation of new products from many of its existing suppliers, as well as taking on distributorships for Thar & Gamry Instruments. This decade also saw our first venture into the XRF field as exclusive distributor for Asoma (later to become Spectro/Asoma).
The new millennium saw our portfolio of products continue to grow through companies such as Rigaku XRF and Raman (U.S.A., Japan & Germany), Seiko Instruments (now Hitachi) and Fauske & Associates. This brought an intake of new employees to cover product sales, technical support and instrument service.
Paul Vanden Branden joined SciMed as a Product Manager in 2004, with Dr. Adam Rucklidge joining 18 months later. In 2008 they both joined John Booth on the board of Directors to lead the company, ensuring that SciMed will continue to maintain its excellent product portfolio, with high levels of customer service, for another 30 years.