New website launched

Introducing our new website

Our new site has been designed to meet the changing needs of our customers. If you are looking for our products, including the market leading Q series of coaters and cryo preparation systems, then our Systems and Equipment page has extensive information in a new clearly laid out format. 

If you are looking for support for our many legacy products then our Product Support pages offers help and advice, including a useful Previous Product Identification section.

We now have number of useful product and applications videos, including demonstrations of controlled pulsed carbon cord and ramped carbon rod evaporation. Q series and PP3010T cryo preparation presentations are available in Japanese and Mandarin. The Applications Images section includes an extensive gallery of cryo-SEM images, mostly taken by our many users and spanning varied applications from Aromatherapy lotion through to Zea mays (maize plant) starch granules and many in between.

For our Quorum distributors (partners) we have a new and extensive off-line area available from this link.

New Quorum EM demonstration facility

The 11th June saw the formal opening of a new state-of-the-art cryo-SEM and analysis suite at Laughton

The facility was formally opened by Mr Mikio Takagi of Hitachi High-Technologies Europe and is the result of a collaboration between Quorum Technologies, Hitachi High Technologies and Oxford Instruments. At the heart of the new facility is an Hitachi SU8230 field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) fitted with technology-leading Oxford Instruments X-MaxN150 x-ray microanalysis and Quorum PP3010T cryo preparation systems.

Lee Howell, managing director of Quorum Technologies said: “This world-class cryo-SEM suite represents another key step in our 40 year history of setting the standard in sample preparation technologies. The FEG-SEM and EDS capabilities will further accelerate our product development plan, whilst allowing the hosting of high resolution cryo-SEM demonstrations and workshops”.

Potential customers from around the world will be able to prepare, image and analyse their own samples, supported by Quorum’s team of microscopists. 

Lee continued “This facility was made possible by a unique collaboration between Quorum, Hitachi and Oxford Instruments, with a shared goal of further developing cryogenic preparation techniques and their applications. This includes utilisation of cryo EDS applications in lifesciences and for soft materials. We are truly excited by the possibilities of the new venture”.

The Hitachi SU8230 offers clean vacuum, sensitive electron detection at low currents and sub-nanometre resolution at low kV making it ideal for advanced cryo imaging and analysis.  Mike Dixon of Hitachi High-Technologies Europe says: “Together with Quorum we will work to optimise the integration and workflows of cryo-EM, and will also use the unique contrast capabilities of the SU8230 to generate more valuable data from each sample. A key aspect of this collaboration is to identify and develop new applications for cryo-EM in the areas of energy, healthcare and nanomaterials. Hitachi’s UK and global applications teams look forward to working in partnership with Quorum and Oxford Instruments to achieve this”.

Quorum 2014 distributor of the year

Elexience, France named as distributor of the year - again!

Quorum Technologies is delighted to announce that Elexience, who cover France and French-speaking Switzerland has been named our Distributor of the Year for 2014.

 "The hard work, commitment and professionalism of our worldwide distribution network is absolutely essential to the continued success of our business,” explained Mike Wombwell, Marketing Director at Quorum Technologies.
“This year’s award recognises a special achievement by Elexience, as they also won this award last year (2013)".

Thierry Grentut, sales director of Elexience, said: "we started distributing high technology scientific equipment more than 30 years ago and Quorum Technologies is one of our major long term and key partners. We have built together with the Quorum team a real partnership, sharing experiences and ideas to improve the instrument capabilities and to launch new solutions corresponding to our customers expectations. Today, the Elexience team is very proud to receive this award. We are committed to further developing Quorum's leading presence in the markets Elexience is responsible for". 

Mike added: “Elexience has not only delivered record sales into the French market, but also continued to offer excellent after sales support to its growing customer base.”

The image shows Thierry Grenut receiving the award from Bob Hennig, commercial director of Quorum.

Based near Paris, Elexience is a specialist a supplier of high technology instrumentation including  electron microscopes and related preparation equipment. Please see this link for further information on Elexience.

New distributor

Introducing our LOT QuantumDesign - our distributor in Germany and Austria.

We are delighted to welcome LOT-QuantumDesign GmbH as our distributor in Germany and Austria.

Based in Darmstadt, LOT-QuantumDesign has a wealth of experience in the electron microscopy and imaging market.
Dr.Joachim Weiss, product manager at LOT QD says: "We are very pleased to have been given the opportunity to represent Quorum. We believe that the high-quality Quorum products will be a great addition to our existing product line. Combined with the great work Gala Instrumente has done, we have a good, solid basis to build on."

For further information please visit LOT-QuantumDesign or contact Jan Kretschmer (

Quorum Technologies appoints new managing director

We are delighted to announce that as from 1 January 2014 Lee Howell has been appointed as the new managing director of Quorum Technologies.

Lee has taken over from David Barnbrook who assumed the role of Acting Managing Director of Quorum Technologies in April 2011 and has now returned full-time to his duties at Judges Scientific.   

Lee will also continue as Managing Director of our sister company UHV Design, with both companies now sharing new factory and offices at Laughton, but operating as separate companies within the Judges Scientific group. 

He has a strong technical (vacuum) and commercial background having worked for the Kurt J Lesker Company before joining UHV Design in 1999 as the company’s Sales Manager. In 2007 following the company’s acquisition by Judges Scientific plc, he was promoted to Managing Director. UHV Design has made substantial progress under his leadership, with a fourfold increase in sales coupled with a significantly enhanced presence within the UHV marketplace, leading to the company being awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade.  

During this time Quorum Technologies has also developed and grown significantly, with the successful introduction of the market-leading Q Series of coaters and PP3010T cryo preparation system 

Lee said: “Quorum Technologies provides next-generation sample preparation systems for electron microscopy. It utilises advanced design and modern manufacturing techniques to maximise performance, ease of use and reliability. Situated in a new, high-tech facility, complete with ISO 7 clean rooms, its professional, customer-focussed team of scientists and engineers are dedicated to the continued development of innovative, world-leading products. I am truly thrilled to be joining such a successful company, for which the future is bright.”

Quorum Technologies shares the festive spirit with St Peter and St James hospice

This Christmas we’re not sending out cards – instead we’ll be making a donation to a charity that helps people with progressive, life limiting illnesses.

St Peter & St James hospice in West Sussex provides specialist care, meeting the needs of each patient and their family. They aim to encourage and enable all patients to live their lives to their full potential, despite their illnesses.

“We’re proud to be able to make a difference to people with serious illnesses this Christmas. It can be a difficult time of year if you’re unwell, so we hope that our donation will support the hospice in making patients as comfortable as possible,’ said Mike Wombwell, Marketing Director and Quorum Technologies.
For more information about St Peter & St James hospice and to find out how you can support this worthwhile cause, please visit:

New product videos now live

Visitors to our website can now get closer to our products thanks to new videos of our market-leading Q series of coaters and the PP3010T cryo preparation system.

The videos offer a closer look at our innovative products, with a guide to the key features and specifications.

“With these videos we hope to give our customers a better insight into how our instruments work and how they can be used to get the best images and data from their specimens,” said Mike Wombwell, Marketing Director at Quorum Technologies.

Click here to visit our product videos page and see them for yourself. 

Quorum Technologies has moved

Quorum Technologies has recently relocated to a new, purpose-built factory and offices in the village of Laughton in East Sussex

The move has united the specimen preparation division (previously Emitech) and cryo preparation division in a single modern facility shared with Quorum’s sister company UHV Design, although both companies will continue to operate as distinct and separate businesses.

“This superb new state-of-the-art facility has been designed and built to meet the specific needs of both companies” explained David Barnbrook, Managing Director of Quorum Technologies. “Built to the very highest design standards, the modern production area is fitted with an ISO clean room” continued David. “An attractive demonstration suite houses our market-leading cryo-SEM and coating products and presents an attractive environment for our visiting customers”.

In addition to being Managing Director at Quorum Technologies, David is Director and Chief Operating Officer at Judges Scientific plc - the parent company of Quorum Technologies and UHV Design.

Judges investment of nearly £3 million in this site and new factory shows its continuing commitment to develop and expand its existing businesses and ensure they have the premises and facilities needed to keep them at the forefront of their respective fields.

Combining both companies into this new facility provided a unique opportunity to improve the working environment for the employees and provide the necessary space for future expansion.

Quorum Technologies adopts new company slogan

Regular visitors to our website may have noticed a change to our company logo, as it now includes Quorum Technologies’ new slogan, Preparation for Excellence.

The importance of good specimen preparation has long been acknowledged, however modern imaging systems with their increasing resolving power and data acquisition capabilities means the quality and reproducibility of preparation has assumed even greater relevance.

Quorum Technologies has a long and proud heritage as providers of quality preparation instruments for electron microscopy and related fields. This goes back to the early 1970s through our Polaron and Emitech connections and includes the introduction of the first commercially successful SEM critical point dryers and sputter coaters. 

More recently, our strong emphasis on innovation and excellence in the specimen preparation market can be been seen in our market-leading Q series coaters and PP3010T cryo preparation systems for SEM and FIB/SEM.

“Preparation for Excellence neatly summarises our expertise – providing the best possible specimen preparation instruments and support to help our many users achieve the best images and data from their SEM, TEM, FIB/SEM and other platforms,” said Mike Wombwell, Marketing Director at Quorum Technologies.

Distributor of the Year announced

Quorum Technologies is delighted to announce that Electron Microscopy Sciences of the USA has been named our Distributor of the Year for 2012.

 "The commitment, hard work and professionalism of our worldwide distribution network is absolutely essential to the continued success of our business,” explained Mike Wombwell, Sales and Marketing Director at Quorum Technologies.

“This year’s award recognises the outstanding achievements of Electron Microscopy Sciences (EMS), who in 2012 produced the highest ever sales turnover for an individual Quorum distributor”.

Stacie Kirsch, the president of EMS commented: “Electron Microscopy Sciences prides itselves in choosing to work with only the best manufacturers and suppliers in the industry. Needless to say, Quorum Technologies is second to none and we are grateful to have the opportunity to sell such a high quality product line, which makes our job that much easier. 

“We are excited to be involved in the growth of Quorum Technologies’ products in the US and in particular the market leading Q series of coaters and PP3010T cryo-SEM preparation system.”

Mike added: “EMS has not only delivered record sales, but also continued to offer excellent after sales support to our large US customer base.”

Based in Hatfield PA, Electron Microscopy Sciences has for over 25 years specialised in the manufacturing, preparation and distribution of equipment, chemicals and supplies for microscopy and all of its related fields.

Click here to visit Electron Microscopy Sciences’s website.