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Ion Science heads for £20m turnover milestone

Fowlmere-based Ion Science is on target to achieve £20million turnover in 2019 - its 30th anniversary year.

That puts the company, the world’s largest manufacturer of volatile organic compound (VOC) monitors, on course to meet its target of growing 30 per cent year on year.7

Duncan Johns, MD of Ion Science in Fowlmere (15946533)
Duncan Johns, MD of Ion Science in Fowlmere (15946533)

April proved to be a record month for Ion Science, which recorded turnover of £1.3million, largely thanks to an order for 180 of its Tiger handheld instruments.

The company, which has subsidiary offices in France, Italy, Germany, India, China and the USA, has also seen sales growth in Scandinavia and the Far East amid growing global awareness of the need to monitor VOCs for indoor and outdoor air quality.

Its high performance photoionisation detectors (PID) are used in a wide variety of sectors and settings, from construction sites to food and beverage companies, and from laboratories to the water industry.

MD Duncan Johns at Ion Science in, Fowlmere. Picture: Keith Heppell
MD Duncan Johns at Ion Science in, Fowlmere. Picture: Keith Heppell

Managing director Duncan Johns said: “There is no doubt that widening recognition of the damaging effects of VOCs on health and the environment continues to fuel our growth.

“It means that more companies are seeking well-designed, robust and reliable gas detection instruments for ensuring the safety of employees and the wider community.

“As a technology led business, it is imperative we continue to move forward and push boundaries, which has been demonstrated by considerable investment in strategically located subsidiary offices in Europe and the rest-of-the-world, as well as the expansion of our MiniPID sensor range, with a focus on indoor air quality applications.

MD Duncan Johns at Ion Science in, Fowlmere. Picture: Keith Heppell
MD Duncan Johns at Ion Science in, Fowlmere. Picture: Keith Heppell

“Despite being established for 30 years, we are proud that our philosophies, core values and vision are the same as ever, that we are committed to developing market leading, cost effective and efficient sensing devices for end users across the world.”

The company developed the world’s first truly fieldworthy and accurate PID detector, patented in 1998.

Then two years later it released the PhoCheck 5000EX, the first PID instrument capable of detecting VOCs down to the parts-per-billion level, and a range of hydrosteel corrosion monitors that remain the premium hydrogen flux monitors used in the petrochemical indsutry today.

In 2002, the company took out a global patent on its advanced PID Fence Electrode technology, which enabled VOC measurement in contaminated, hot and humid atmospheres.

In-house manufacture of a miniaturised PID (MiniPID), as seen in the Tiger series and other PID instruments, followed.

MD Duncan Johns at Ion Science in, Fowlmere. Picture: Keith Heppell
MD Duncan Johns at Ion Science in, Fowlmere. Picture: Keith Heppell

Then in 2007, Ion Science acquired a mercury vapour detector (MVI) for the chemical and petrochemical markets.

It has focused a lot of resource since on developing selective PID measurements for the petrochemical industries, as seen in the Tiger Select.

In autumn 2017, Ion Science moved into a new state-of-the-art £4.5 million head office, reflecting growth ambitions that the latest results suggest are well within the company’s grasp.

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