On 23 May 2008, the PANalytical
and Malvern Instruments US teams celebrated the opening of their new headquarters.
The sister companies now share state of the art facilities in Westborough, MA.
Gjalt Kuiperes and Brian Dutko, general managers of PANalytical and Malvern's
US companies respectively, led the day of celebrations following the ribbon
cutting ceremony. The expansion into the new premises comes at a time of sustained
business growth for both companies.
"As well as growing our business across the Americas, we have consolidated
former east and west coast sites and have relocated our warehouse to Westborough,"
said Peter van Velzen, managing director of PANalytical. "Importantly,
the move has also given us the freedom to expand our application laboratories.
These now include a cleanroom for wafer analyzers, a sample prep room, and large
application labs for XRD and XRF. As well as PANalytical's extensive range of
X-ray analysis products, in the labs there is an optical emission spectrometer
from OBLF, for which PANalytical is the exclusive distributor in the USA and
Brazil. With more spacious training facilities we can now offer a greater number
of in-house courses to our customers."
Malvern has similarly expanded its applications and training facilities. Managing
director Paul Walker commented: "This move reflects the continued growth
and success of the company, and also the expansion of the business in recent
years to encompass a broadening range of technologies and instrumentation for
materials characterization. These new premises provide the infrastructure and
facilities to underpin our future."
Cutting the ribbon was John O'Higgins, chief executive of parent company Spectris
plc. Alongside were Jim Webster, business group director at Spectris with Peter
van Velzen, managing director of PANalytical (Almelo, The Netherlands) and Paul
Walker, managing director of Malvern Instruments (Malvern, UK).