SciLabware Limited is a relatively new name but our company has a long and distinguished history.
Our story began with two innovations in laboratory glassware. In 1923 a new heat resistant glass called Pyrex® was made under licence in the UK for the first time. Then in 1934 an assistant chemist and glassblower at the Triplex Safety Glass Company in Kings Norton, Birmingham made some samples of laboratory glassware fitted with ground-glass conical joints, a development which attracted the interest of the Royal Society. Large scale manufacturing of the new product was soon underway under the name of Quickfit and Quartz.
In 1962 we then began making glassware in a purpose built factory in Stone, Staffordshire, UK.
Following several acquisitions and a number of changes in ownership in the 1980's, the company became Barloworld Scientific, home of some of the world’s most famous brand names in laboratory equipment and consumables.
In April 2008 the glassware and reusable plastic labware division of Barloworld Scientific became SciLabware Limited.
Over the years our business has continued to grow and evolve, shaping a rich history of which we are extremely proud. In 2011 the business became part of the DURAN Group, which went on to acquire WHEATON® Industries Inc in 2015, giving SciLabware ever more commercial opportunities in the chosen markets of laboratory, life science and packaging. The UK entities of WHEATON® UK and SciLabware were consolidated into a new SciLabware and WHEATON’s factory in Rochdale was relocated to Stoke-on-Trent in August 2016.
In 2016 the DURAN Group accomplished its next step with the acquisition of Kimble Chase LLC. Following this merger, DURAN Group announced the integration of its three industry-leading brands into a single, unified international brand, DURAN WHEATON KIMBLE.
The wider Group re-branded during 2017 into DWK Life Sciences, effective June 1st 2017, with SciLabware as a DWK Life Sciences company. This has brought together SciLabware’s traditional laboratory brands with those associated with the WHEATON® organisation. SciLabware is now supplying the scientific community with world renowned brands including Azlon®, Pyrex®, Quickfit®, MBL®, Ramboldi® and Wheaton®.
The company name has changed a few times over the years, but one thing has remained constant. As a market leader in high quality laboratory consumables, SciLabware has an unrivalled reputation for product quality and customer service, setting standards for others to follow.
* Pyrex is a trademark used under license from Corning Inc.
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