Launch of new building and Environmental seminar
Friday, 9 March 2012 at 1:13:PM
This blog’s been a bit quiet for the last few months, but that not because of lack of anything to talk about. On the contrary, we’ve been very busy with an office move!
Our existing building had served us well since we arrived there in 2006, but as we’ve expanded in numbers, we were increasingly finding it a bit of a squeeze. An opportunity arose to move the applications teams into a building next door to us on the business park in Llantrisant, near Cardiff, so arrangements were made late last year, and we’re now busy settling into our new Technical Resource Centre!
So what’s in the new building? The best thing is undoubtedly a nice new lab that houses instruments for visitors to get hands-on with, as well as for our all-important customer application work. We’ve been busy equipping the lab with as much of our TD equipment as possible, alongside BenchTOF-dx, the time-of-flight mass spectrometer produced by our ALMSCO division.
We also have a conference room for seminars and customer training (providing plenty of space to entertain visitors), meeting rooms, and extra office space too.
To launch the new building, we held an Environmental seminar on 8th March, with a couple of very interesting speakers – Heidi Hayes from Eurofins Air Toxics (CA, USA), and Alastair Lewis from the University of York (UK). Their talks demonstrated how thermal desorption equipment can provide answers to tricky problems across a range of applications, from the soil beneath our feet (vapour intrusion in basements) to air 6 miles above our heads (in-flight monitoring of VOCs on a research aircraft).
Simon Stevens, the organiser of the event, said that ‘As this was the first event to be held in our new Technical Resource Centre, we were keen to set the bar as high as possible, so we were really pleased to welcome two such high-profile speakers.’
Also as part of the day, we had talks by four of our applications/instrument specialists, and a tour of the lab, with demonstrations of our TD and mass spec equipment, and group discussions about topics of interest.
Simon added that ‘speaking to the delegates, it was clear that the day was a resounding success, with a clear request for more of the same!’
As a result, we’ll definitely be holding more events like this in the future. If you think you might be interested to hear about future seminars and workshops, please sign up to our email list here, and we’ll let you know when the next one is planned.