From July 2016, Analab becomes part of the SLS UK Group, taking UK Group turnover to £42 million, and will be referred to as Analab, an SLS Company. All operational and staffing arrangements centred on the Wilford Industrial Estate remain unchanged.
The agreement has already created new job opportunities in Ireland, with further posts likely to be announced. Analab founding director Damien McCorry remains as Managing Director alongside Aileen McGrath, Director of Clinical Diagnostics. They have been joined by newly-appointed Tom O’Meara as Marketing and Portfolio Director and Andy Pepper as Sales Director. The existing Analab team will increase immediately with the addition of two new sales posts, and the company will be looking to hire further experienced sales and marketing staff from within the Irish laboratory industry.
Speaking as the acquisition was announced, SLS Chairman Peter Chapman said: “Ireland is recognised as a global centre for life sciences and medical devices and the pace of scientific research and commercial activity is truly impressive. SLS is already well-established there through distributors such as Analab in the North and our partners in the Republic. However, from today Damien and his senior managers will focus on the growing pharmaceutical and medical technology markets whilst continuing to build our already-strong clinical and diagnostics offering.”
Damien McCorry, managing director of the new company added: “I cannot think of a better team for us to go forward with than the SLS folk. I have known the key staff for almost 25 years and have watched how they have competed successfully against the major competition to become a very significant player in the UK market.
“Tom O’Meara and Andy Pepper bring invaluable knowledge as well as contacts to our new team and we expect to double Analab sales to £4 million in the next 12 months.”
This news comes just days after the merger between SLS and Dominique Dutscher (France) was announced, a move that has created the single largest independent laboratory supplies group in Europe.