Edinburgh Instruments is a global leader in the research, development and manufacturing of state-of-the-art spectroscopic instrumentation for over 50 years. During this time, a worldwide reputation for quality and innovation has been established. Edinburgh Instruments primarily designs and manufactures bespoke spectroscopic systems for various spectroscopy markets including Photoluminescence, Raman, UV-Vis and Transient Absorption.
The company, with headquarters in Livingston, Scotland, has an extensive global distribution network and has a highly prized reputation for the delivery of high quality, accurate instrumentation together with one to one customer service support.
We are involved in the development, manufacture and sale of a wide range of products for the scientific research and industrial markets. Including: photo-chemistry, physics, protein studies, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular spectroscopy, optical pumping, interferometry, plasma diagnostics, atmospheric studies, materials processing, solid state physics and material science, renewable energy, climate control environments, process control and many more.
Over the years we have continually diversified and developed new and innovative products, winning many international designs, technology and export achievement awards. We excel in providing one-to-one comprehensive customer service and continue to meet the needs of our customers worldwide.
Founded in 1971 by Professor S. D. Smith OBE FRS, FRSE, FinstP, Edinburgh Instruments Ltd is now one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cutting-edge molecular spectroscopy and gas detection solutions.
We were formed as the from Heriot-Watt University and were the initial private company on Britain’s original University “Research Park”. We are now located in Livingston, West Lothian (near Edinburgh) where we employ over 130 people.
We are pioneers of Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC), and in 1978 the company developed a Fluorescence Lifetime Spectrometer system based around the successful nanosecond flashlamp. This product range has culminated in the development of the FLS1000, the latest computer controlled, combined Steady State and Fluorescence Lifetime Spectrometers on the market and the FS5 one of the world’s most sensitive benchtop spectrofluorometers.
In the 1980s we introduced a full range of infrared and far infrared gas lasers (CW and pulsed CO2 and CO lasers and optically pumped TeraHertz lasers) to the market. We now offer a wide range of Lasers and LED’s.
In 2019 we diversified our range and introduced the DS5 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, as well as the RM5 Raman Microscope.
The DS5 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer is a high-performance dual beam instrument suitable for many analytical applications where accuracy and precision measurements are key to results.
The RM5 Raman Microscope is a compact and fully automated Raman microscope for analytical and research purposes. The truly confocal design of the RM5 is unique to the market and offers uncompromised spectral resolution, spatial resolution, and sensitivity.
In 2013, Edinburgh Instruments was acquired by Techcomp Europe Ltd, a group of European companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of analytical systems, life science equipment and laboratory instruments with operations dating back to 1920.
As well as Edinburgh Instruments the Group comprises:
Scion Instruments – (with operations in The Netherlands, California and Shanghai) are experts in Gas Chromatography, Analysers and Single Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry,
Froilabo – (with factories in France and Romania) specialises in Ultra Low Temperature technologies.
Precisa – (manufacturing in Switzerland) offers a complete range of high precision metrology and weighing solutions.
Edinburgh Sensors – (based in Scotland) world’s leading manufacturers of gas detectors for cutting-edge gas sensing solutions.
Dynamica – (based in the UK) that supplies a wide range of analytical and laboratory instruments.
Isotopx – (based in the UK) are at the forefront of mass spectrometer design and innovation.
Techcomp Europe is owned by Techcomp (Holdings) Ltd whose ordinary shares are traded on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK) as stock code 1298.
We are fully committed to being recognised as an ethical and trustworthy company and try to ensure we embed policies and processes across the group, and integrate them into day-to-day business practice.
Wherever possible we work continuously to reduce our carbon footprint and deliver products that are eco-friendly and non-hazardous to the environment.
We also strongly believe in supporting developments in new technology and work closely with universities and companies to bring new ideas to market.
Edinburgh Instruments (EI) founded as the first private spin-out company on Britain’s first University ‘Research Park’. The company was founded by Professor Des Smith, OBE, FRS, FRSE, FInstP then Head of the Physics Department at Heriot Watt University. Development of the PL3 dual CO2 / CO gas laser system began. This would go on to become the world’s most versatile and commercially available mid-IR laser.
Edinburgh Instruments (EI) launches its first fluorescent lifetime spectrometer based around a nanosecond flashlamp in co-operation with Strathclyde University.
EI receives Export Award from the Scottish Council Development and Industry department. Also, EI successfully launches the 900 Series of computer automated luminescence spectrometers.
Major developments occur with the combined FLS920 fluorescence lifetime and steady state spectrometers.
EI wins the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade, one of the most coveted awards in UK industry.
EPL Picosecond pulsed diode laser series launched.
Edinburgh Instruments is acquired by Hong Kong based firm Techcomp Group Ltd.
The Photonics Division launch the new LP980 Transient Absorption Spectrometer. Offering unsurpassed measurement capabilities across a broad range of chemical, physical and biological applications, the LP980 is the first of its kind on the market.
Edinburgh Instruments move into a third building at their Livingston headquarters. This takes office and manufacturing capacity to over 30,000 sq ft.
2018 was a special year, marking 5 years since our parent company Techcomp Group Ltd. acquired the firm, where we celebrated with our local MSP.
EI launches the DS5, a high performance dual beam UV-Vis Spectrophotometer.
EI launches it’s first range of Raman Mircoscopes, the Compact and fully automated RM5.
EI launches the RMS1000 Raman Microscope. The RMS1000 is an open architecture, high-end research grade confocal Raman Microscope. It has been designed to be adapted to almost any modern, state-of-the-art Raman application.
Edinburgh Instruments Celebrates its 50th Anniversary. None of this would have been possible without a fantastic team and as we celebrate our Golden Anniversary we’d like to show our appreciation of their dedication and hard work.