Founded in 1997, Markes International is the world leader in technology for analytical thermal desorption for gas chromatography – technology that samples and concentrates trace-level volatile organic compounds prior to injection into a gas chromatograph.
In addition to instrumentation, Markes manufactures and markets a comprehensive range of sampling accessories and consumables for detecting organic chemicals in air, liquids and solids.
The profile of the business as a whole was recognised in 2019 by a Queen’s Award for Excellence (International Trade & Innovation). In addition, in 2017 its automated air-monitoring systems were officially endorsed by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection – a rare accolade for products not manufactured in China, and testament to the dedication of Markes’ staff in developing this key market for analytical instrumentation.
Markes International is headquartered in Bridgend, Wales, UK, where its products are manufactured in accordance with the ISO 9001 quality standard. This UK facility (Markes International Ltd) is also a centre of excellence for product development and application research, as well as supporting customers through its sales, marketing and service staff.
Markes also has three global subsidiaries:
Each of these facilities has a demonstration laboratory, and focuses on providing technical support to customers on their products and applications, as well as to Markes’ sales distribution network. Across all of its offices, Markes International employs over 120 staff.
Sales are supported through a mix of OEM, independent distributor and value-added reseller relationships to supplement its direct sales organisation, allowing Markes to reach over 60 countries worldwide.
Some of Markes’ most important products are:
For more on these products and the numerous other members of Markes’ product portfolio, please visit www.markes.com.
Markes’ products are used by many global brands for a wide variety of applications including environmental monitoring, testing of consumer goods, military and civil defence and food/fragrance profiling. Business sectors include major industry, government agencies, academia and service laboratories.
The success of Markes’ products is underpinned by a strong business development team that continually monitors developments worldwide and promotes itself as a source of expertise in VOC analysis, through tradeshows, conferences and regulatory committees.