We have UK headquarters in Falmouth and international operations in 44 countries, employing over 1750 people globally.
Watson-Marlow is a wholly owned subsidiary of multi-national industrial engineering Group, Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index with strategically located manufacturing plants around the world and almost 8,000 employees, including 1,900 direct sales and service engineers. Alongside solutions for the control and management of process fluid paths, the Group also provides thermal energy management through its Steam Specialties and Electric Thermal Solutions businesses.
Watson-Marlow’s solutions address a wide range of fluid-management challenges. Throughout 2020 and into 2021, the team has been working with colleagues around the globe to provide equipment and solutions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic has required widespread testing to diagnose the virus and to limit the spread. The availability of reliable tests is therefore essential and organisations worldwide have been developing tests and expanding their production to meet this need.
In the US, in New York, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is using Watson-Marlow’s pumps to promote research. In Massachusetts, Thermo Fisher, a manufacturer of crucial test kits for COVID-19 is also working with Watson-Marlow’s systems.
bioBoaVista, a Brazil-based specialist culture media manufacturer for microbiological diagnosis, has deployed Watson-Marlow’s Flexicon PF7 bench top filling machine. bioBoaVista manufactures customised media for COVID nasal diagnostic tests using the Flexicon PF7.
Alongside test production, several of Watson-Marlow’s customers have been directly involved in vaccine development and production. These include Cobra Biologics and Oxford Biomedica, both companies are currently working on the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine.
As well as providing this essential equipment to the biotech and pharma industry, the local Watson-Marlow communities’ project scheme is offering resources to healthcare professionals on the frontline and to vulnerable members in the surrounding geographies across Watson-Marlow’s global network.
The Watson-Marlow Bredel team in the Netherlands has donated glycerine to a local gin distillery, “the Bronckhorst”, to help in the production of 14,000 litres of hand sanitiser. The sanitiser is being distributed to hospitals, elderly homes and other organisations for people in need. At the Falmouth site, our team used 3D printers to make face shields for frontline workers at nearby hospitals and computer equipment was donated to local schools to help facilitate online learning.
Andrew Mines, Managing Director of Watson-Marlow, comments, “As we have seen over the last year, collaboration is paramount in solving global challenges. We are so proud of the work our teams are doing to support our customers all over the world in the fight against COVID-19 and to support crucial processes in critical industries such as food production and water provision. We’re pleased to welcome the G7 to Cornwall, not only to show this fantastic area and some of its leading businesses on a global stage, but also to further emphasise the continued importance of this spirit of international collaboration.”
Contact details: Joanne Lucas
Email: Joanne Joanne.Lucas@wmftg.com
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