Seward Moves to Larger Premises to Double Production Capabilities

Published: Jan 31, 2011

Worthing, UK – 27th January 2011. Seward Ltd, manufacturer and developer of the world leading, patented Stomacher® Laboratory Paddle Blender range for over 40 years, has moved to new premises within Worthing, UK. The new building, which is wholly owned by Seward, represents a significant investment by the company following the securing of a NatWest/RBS Manufacturing Fund to ensure a doubling of manufacturing and storage facilities. As a rapidly growing company globally, Seward needed to ensure shorter lead times for its industry standard Stomacher® sample preparation products for microbiological analyses and tissue processing.

Redeveloped specifically for Seward operations, in addition to the new manufacturing, storage and office facilities, the new premises houses a purpose built R&D laboratory for product development, application assessment and customer protocol development. In addition, further investment in web conferencing facilities will enhance support for Seward’s increasing customer base globally, enabling training webinars and in depth technical support whatever the customer location.

The new premises support a very necessary increased production capacity. Within the first half of 2010, Seward saw nearly a 20% growth in sales of its patented Stomacher laboratory blenders, in comparison to the same period in 2009. Notably, sales of its Stomacher 80 biomaster range for small tissue processing, increased by 53% and its large volume blender, the Stomacher 3500, saw a massive 72% growth. Much of this growth has been driven by new applications and the company’s US branch, Seward Inc, established 2 years ago.

“We are dedicated to maintaining excellence in our products, customer service and support for our rapidly growing global customer base, so the increased size and capacity of our new premises ensures we can guarantee this now and in the future,” said Stuart Ray, Technical Director, Seward Ltd. “We are seeing strong growth in the US and Asia/Pacific regions, consequently Seward is also expanding and the investment in our new facilities confirms our commitment to shortening lead times and meeting customer needs worldwide.”

About Seward Limited

Seward manufactures the world leading range of Stomacher® paddle blenders and Stomacher® accessories used in sample preparation for microbiological analyses. The company has been manufacturing and developing the world renown and patented Stomacher® Lab Blender for 40 years. The original and still regarded as the best, over 8 million food samples a day are prepared on Stomacher® 400 paddle blender units around the world.

In addition to sample preparation for food safety analyses, within the bioscience market the new developments of the Stomacher® 80 and micro 80 are proving invaluable for safe and efficient sample processing. The Stomacher® 3500 has established itself as the instrument of choice for preparing samples for the new pathogen test protocols requiring jumbo size samples.

The company is based in Worthing, West Sussex, UK with a subsidiary company in Long Island, New York, USA. All Seward machine products are manufactured within the UK and 1 of its 3 worldwide Stomacher® bag manufacturing operations is also UK-based. This ensures control of quality and price to deliver excellent value to global trading partners and laboratory customers.

Seward Limited continues to develop the product range, now with 3 patents to its credit. Stomacher® is the most highly referenced brand name in food safety and life science sample preparation in scientific publications. The company also assists customers with method development through reference searches and sample evaluations within its own development laboratory.

The original and still the best. The Stomacher® - a Seward product trade name.

Seward contact details: Outside US: +44 (0) 1903 823077; US & Canada: +1 631 750 5660;

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