Building For A Stronger Future, Seward Announces Merger And Restructuring Plans To Establish FermionX Ltd

Published: Nov 07, 2016

Worthing, United Kingdom – 7th November 2016 – Seward Ltd, Seward Ltd, makers of Stomacher® laboratory blenders and Insterprep® sterile media, is pleased to announce that it has merged with its sister company, C-Tech Electronics Ltd, to form a new vertically integrated manufacturing company called FermionX Ltd. There will be no change to Seward’s name; and its high standard of operations known and expected by its customers will also remain the same, but with the added benefit of increased technical resource for R&D, customer support and manufacturing.

The merger represents a significant development for stakeholders, creating a company with combined turnover of circa £6M. This move consolidates two companies with shared core values on strong customer relationships, quality and value-added products and service.

FermionX will continue to operate through its individual brands; Seward, manufacturers of globally renowned Stomacher® lab blenders, and C-Tech Electronics, providing comprehensive electronic contract manufacturing services. The Company will leverage both brands’ respective strengths for the benefit of its customers with greater resources for manufacturing, R&D and global sales and distribution footprint.

The merger provides a greater technical resource for Seward to enhance its R&D strategy, an area which has gained emphasis recently with the launch of the Stomacher® 400 EVO laboratory blender and Insterprep® range of pre-weighed, sterile media.

Under the C-Tech Electronics brand, the company has a highly successful and flexible manufacturing service, providing comprehensive contract electronic manufacturing solutions with expertise and experience from PCB design to complete box-build.

The new company will be led by John Patrick, whose family started C-Tech Electronics. Mr Patrick said, “Establishing FermionX Ltd is an immensely exciting step, developing a company that can provide end-to-end electronic manufacturing solutions, with a final product mind-set. The consolidated resource from all companies will allow us to quickly respond to market opportunities and technology trends to better support our customers.” He added, “While FermionX provides the overriding corporate structure, all company brands will continue to be presented under their existing brand names and to the same high standards of products and service.”

Former Managing Director of Seward Ltd, Daniel Crothers, remains with the Company as Sales and Marketing Director. Mr Crothers continues, “Seward enjoys a global reputation for quality laboratory products. Under FermionX Ltd, the Seward brand will continue to enhance this reputation with emphasis on new product development that adds real value to our laboratory customers. We already have a project list for planned launches in 2017 which our distribution partners are very excited about.”

Technical Director Stuart Ray, who will be heading up the Research and Development team said, “Both companies have collaborated over the years on product design and development with customers and other strategic partners, FermionX will allow this function to expand and drive the growth of our brands and of the business in general”.

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Editors’ notes

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.

Recently, in association with prepared culture media company HiMedia, Seward introduced a brand new product range. Insterprep® is a range of instantly soluble, sterile, granulated media specifically designed to speed up and simplify sample preparation for microbiological analysis. Insterprep® granulated media bags and sachets can bring down preparation times to as low as one minute or less.

The company is based in Worthing, West Sussex, UK with subsidiaries in the USA and Singapore. 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.

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