We have moved!

After months of building work, and the meticulous moving of large machinery and test equipment, we are finally settled into our new premises. At a whopping 13,000 square feet, we now have all the room we need to keep growing and diversify into new areas. Our detectable additives are proving very popular, with many solutions…

The role of SteriType keyboards in the fight against infection

Every year in the UK thousands of people acquire an infection in a hospital, and most of these are caused by bacteria transferred to the patient via healthcare workers’ hands. Rigorous hand washing and infection control policies can minimise and contain outbreaks of hospital acquired infections, but there remains a gap in our attempts to…

Metal detectable additives for the food production and packaging sectors

A range of metal detectable masterbatches and compounds under the Scopic brand has been developed for use in food production environments and packaging, where foreign objects entering the supply chain can cause catastrophic issues for manufacturers, with production often grinding to a halt. Fragments of consumables found in these areas such as pens, seals and…

When 99.9% just isn’t enough…

When we moved into a bigger unit in 2010 we thought that would be it – plenty of space for all of our grand plans to install small-scale production machinery and great lab facilities, enabling us to stand tall among our competition. We wouldn’t need to wait for third parties to mould sample swatches for…

Are you picking up more than just your shopping?

We pile raw meat products into it, lift kids with dirty shoes out of it… But have you ever considered the humble shopping trolley a vector for cross contamination? We all do the weekly shop without much thought for hygiene.  Yet with recent studies showing up to 75% of shop-bought chickens are infected with Campylobacter…

Silver Vs Copper

We are often asked about the differences between the use of silver vs copper as an antimicrobial. For the record, copper and its alloys display excellent natural efficacy as an antimicrobial – but to be compliant with European and U.S. regulations, copper must be used in its elemental form. This brings aesthetic issues, as well…

Dentists are throwing away the clingfilm!

Recognising the risk of cross contamination, Dentists have often used rolls of cling film to cover their keyboards…both awkward and time consuming. The cling film is now being swapped for permanent covers which not only allow the keyboard to be cleaned and decontaminated in-situ, but also prevent bacterial and fungal growth in between cleaning cycles….

Top tips for a good night’s sleep, by Dr Toby Bateson

A good night’s sleep can be a rare thing for many people. Modern cities are noisy places. Street noise and traffic wake you up and you can’t get back to sleep for ages. Living near a motorway, railway station or airport can mean round-the-clock noise and no rest.  Even if you live in the country,…