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 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 located on the outskirts of Edinburgh across three sites 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 2021 we continued to grow our product range, with the introduction of the RMS1000 Raman Microscope.
The RMS1000 Raman Microscope is an open architecture research grade confocal Raman microscope. It has been designed so it can be adapted to almost any modern, state-of-the-art Raman application.
In 2013, Edinburgh Instruments was acquired by Techcomp Instruments. Techcomp Instruments is a scientific instrument manufacturer based in Hong Kong with a global presence, specialising in three core technologies: Molecular Spectroscopy, Chromatography and Laboratory Products. Their operations date back to the early 1900s.
Techcomp’s European headquarters are located on a modern campus in Livingston close to Edinburgh, Scotland. Techcomp Europe (TEU) comprises a select number of well-respected European scientific instrument manufacturers with a long and rich history of product innovation. They also have a strong global commercial network with offices across the globe providing excellent customer service.
Since acquiring Edinburgh Instruments, Techcomp Instruments have made significant investment in both their manufacturing and research and development facilities. Opening the Techcomp Research and Engineering Centre (TREC) in 2014, which works on exciting product innovation and development across all the brands and in 2019 they expanded their production facilities with the addition of a new purpose built facility.
Techcomp Europe is led by our CEO, Richard Finlayson, who lives in Edinburgh with his young family.
Techcomp are very proud of their European manufacturing heritage and reputation for the delivery of high quality, accurate instrumentation backed by great customer service and support.
As well as Edinburgh Instruments the Group comprises:
SCION Instruments – Experts in Gas Chromatography (GC), HPI Analysers, Single Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), High Performance Liquid Chromatography Instruments (HPLC) and CompassCDS software. The company has operations in The Netherlands, USA, Scotland and China.
Froilabo – Specialists in Ultra Low Temperature Freezers, ovens, incubators, climatic chambers and temperature control products with factories in France and Romania.
Precisa –Manufacturers of high precision weighing solutions for laboratory and industrial applications. Manufacturing operations are based in Switzerland & China.
Edinburgh Sensors – Scottish manufacturers of gas sensing products supplying end users and OEMs with a wide range of IR Gas Detection systems for CO2, CH4 and other gases.
Dynamica – Based in the UK, Dynamica supplies a wide range of analytical and laboratory instruments such as UV-Vis Spectrophotometers, Benchtop centrifuges and microplate readers.
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 when Head of the Physics Department at Heriot Watt University.
Edinburgh Instruments (EI) launches its first fluorescent lifetime spectrometer based around a nanosecond flashlamp in co-operation with Strathclyde University.
EI wins the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade, one of the most coveted awards in UK industry.
Major developments occur with the combined FLS920 fluorescence lifetime and steady state spectrometers.
EPL Picosecond pulsed diode laser series launched.
Edinburgh Instruments is acquired by Hong Kong based firm Techcomp Group Ltd.
Edinburgh Instruments move into a third building at their Livingston headquarters. This takes office and manufacturing capacity to over 30,000 sq ft.
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.
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 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.
EI launches it’s first range of Raman Mircoscopes, units include the Compact RM5, and the Research Grade RMS1000 microscope.
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.