Analytical instrument industry report

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    Analytical Instrument Industry Report

    CCORDING to Dr. Gordon

    A Wilkinson, editor of the in- dustry newsletter Analytical

    Instrument Industry Report: Few scientific instrument companies found business easy last year... most of them had to fight harder to win fewer sales in an increasingly competitive market. Wilkinson, who started his newsletter in 1984, says that there were more restruc- turings, closures and work-force cutsin 199Othaneverbefore.

    The laboratory equipment in- dustry, in which he specializes, is characterized by around 40 com- panies with revenues in excess of $100 million, plus hundreds of smaller specialist fiis. Each year, Wilkinson ranks laboratory sup- pliers by sales volume in an Indus- try Scoreboard. This year, the 400- long list includes five U.S. fiis, three Japanese and two European in its top ten. One of these, Fisons Instruments, rocketed into number three position of scientific instru- ment markers by its acquisition of the VG Instruments group of high- technology companies. The top five manufacturers are now: Perkin- Elmer (US), Hewlett-Packard (US), Fisons Instruments (UK), Shimadzu (Japan) and Beckman (US).

    American-owned firms stiii hold leading positions in many product sectors, he states, but were seeing an increasing number

    of innovative products from Japan which - provided the Japanese can improve their distribution - will increasingly erode US and Eu- ropean market shares. Asked about the likelihood of further re- structurings, Wilkinson says, It seems to me that a number of in- strument companies are still intend on acquiring more products and businesses to secure dominant po- sitions in certain market areas... consolidation of the industry will certainly continue through the next few years as firms strengthen their positions in the newly-unified Eu- rope and further develop their businesses in the Pacific Rim/Far East.

    Source: Analytical Industry Re- port, P.O. Box 78, East Grinstead RH19 2YW, U.K.

    KVCV workshops

    HE Royal Flemish Chemical

    T Society (KVCV) Working Party on Chromatography are

    holding the following workshops which will precede the Second In- ternational Symposium on Hyphe- nated Techniques in Chromato- graphy, Antwerp, February 19-21, 1992:

    February 17-19,1992: Hands+n Workshop on LC-GC, BASF Antwerpen NV, Antwerp, Bel- gium. Course Tutor: Dr. Konrad Grob (Kantonales Labor ZQrich, Switzerland) February 17-l&1992: Hands-n Workshop on Supercritical

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    Fluid Extraction (SFE) and Supercritical Fluid Chromato- graphy (SFC), BASF Antwerpen NV, Antwerp, Belgium. Course tutors: Prof. K.E. Markides (University of Uppda, Sweden) and Dr. K.D. Bartle (University of Leeds, U.K.) February 17-18,1992: Hands-on Workshop on GC-MSD, GC- AED and GC-FTIR, Research Institute for Chromatography (R.I.C.), Kortrijk, Belgium. Course tutors: Prof. P. Sandra (University of Ghent, Belgium) and Dr. F. David (R.I.C., Bel- piuml

    For further information, contact Royal Flemish Chemical Society, Working Party on Chromato- graphy, c/o Dr. R. Smits, p.a. BASF Antwerpen NV, Central Labora- tory, Scheldelaan, B-2040 Antwerp, Belgium. Phone: +32 (3) 568-2831; Telex 31047 basant b; Fax: +31 (3) 568-2923.

    University of Toronto hosts Sensors Symposium

    A ONE-DAY meeting was held at the University of Toronto on February 22nd, 1991 under the title Interfacial Science and Chemical and Biosensors De- velopment. It was conducted under the auspices of the Canadian

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