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Millbrook wins new orders
Millbrook wins new orders
Millbrook Scientific Instruments PLC, the OFEX listed designer and manufacturer of innovative scientific instruments for surface investigation, announces that it has received two new orders for the Millbrook MiniSIMS.
The orders, from the University of Brescia in Italy and Northumbria University, are due for delivery in June and reinforce Millbrook's position as the major international supplier of desktop instrumentation based on secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS).
The MiniSIMS supplied to the University of Northumbria at Newcastle will form part of a £4,500,000 research project. Known as “The Supergen Initiative: Photovoltaic Materials for the 21st Century”, the project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). This research project is the largest ever UK research programme on solar cells and its purpose is to slash the cost of solar energy by half. Millbrook is one of the key industrial partners in this programme, and hopes to establish a position where multiple sales of the MiniSIMS into the solar energy sector will result.
The sale to the University of Brescia is Millbrook's first sale in Italy. The instrument will be supplied to the material science group, which is engaged in research into thin films and multilayers for optical, catalytic, sensor, metallurgical and magnetic materials applications. This type of research has particular relevance to the electronics and bioscience sectors. Peter Stefanini, Executive Chairman of Millbrook, commented:
These orders demonstrate the increasing demand in universities for affordable, desktop instruments which are robust and user friendly. A thorough understanding of the surfaces of materials at the nano level is required in many high-tech applications and manufacturing processes. Our instruments make a major contribution to this understanding.
Dr Nick Long, Sales Director said: “The collaboration and resultant networking activities from the Supergen Initiative should provide us with exciting new marketing opportunities in this increasingly important and competitive sector. In meeting challenging government targets aimed at increasing the proportion of national energy produced by renewable means over the next half century, photovoltaic (PV) materials could play a pivotal role. The PV Supergen consortium of six British Universities and several British companies including Millbrook will make use of the MiniSIMS to characterise the processes and materials involved in producing solar cells with the specific aim of improving their efficiency”.
For further information, please contact: Dr Peter Stefanini, Executive Chairman, Millbrook Scientific Instruments, PLC. Tel: 01254 699606; Jonathan Willis-Richards, Loeb Aron. Tel: 0207 628 1128; and Simon Rothschild, Bankside. Tel: 0207 444 4153.