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About Us

We are SciChem, one of the UK’s leading distributors of scientific and laboratory equipment and chemicals.

We serve a wide range of industries and have a great diversity of end markets and customers.

Our comprehensive product portfolio, industry expertise and commitment to source from reputable suppliers to ensure traceability means SciChem is a destination for customers with all types of chemical and laboratory requirements and budgets.

Founded in 1957, we have grown to become a market leader of scientific and school science supplies to industrial and education sectors in both the UK and overseas — operating across three sites in Wolverhampton, Aberdeen and Cork.

We are passionate people determined to deliver excellence in everything we do. We are committed to serving our customers, developing and empowering our people and reducing our impact on the environment. Using our sector knowledge, experience and supply base, we source and supply to demanding markets including food and beverage, oil processors, testing laboratories, academia, and many more; our customers expect the best solutions, on time and on budget.

We exist to support the science community to make a difference in the world.

MARKETS

Industry and Laboratory

We take the hassle out of sourcing laboratory supplies. We are your primary source for laboratory chemicals, equipment and consumables – bringing trusted brands, a first-class customer experience and expertise, all under one roof.

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Oil & Gas

We supply and source specialist laboratory consumables, chemicals, equipment and test kits for oil and gas laboratory analysis including waste water.

food and drink

Food & Beverage

We offer market leading solutions for food preparation and brewing and distilling processes. Our products are trusted by our customers to help them manufacture to traceable standards ensuring products are safe to eat and drink.

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Utilities & Water

Ensuring reliable measurement with our range of laboratory consumables, colorimeters, spectrophotometers, turbidity meters and reagents for water analysis.

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Pharmaceutical

An extensive range of laboratory equipment and consumables to help improve the efficiency, safety and quality of pharmaceutical processes.

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Testing Laboratories

Traceability and accuracy is essential in all laboratories. Our range of analytical balances, centrifuges, ovens, equipment and lab essentials are sourced from brands you know and trust.

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Dairy

Reliable analysis and testing instrumentation to assist with analytical procedures to ensure quality and process control. We work hard to provide the dairy industry with the most suitable products for monitoring microbial activity in a time-critical environment.

MARKETS

Science Education

Supporting science teachers and technicians to inspire tomorrow’s scientists today with innovative, curriculum-relevant equipment and resources for the classroom and prep room.

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Primary

Helping pupils to engage with primary science learning through affordable resources that support teaching in early years and key stages 1 & 2.

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Secondary

GCSE curriculum-relevant and budget-friendly equipment for teaching key stages 3 & 4 practical science.

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Further Education

A selection of quality curriculum-relevant apparatus for teaching AS and A-Level Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science.

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University

Specialist resources from leading brands including PASCO Scientific for teaching advanced Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Engineering.

Our Story

The Early Years

1957
Scientific & Chemical Supplies Ltd. (SciChem) was founded in 1957 by Mr J R Turton MPS, a pharmacist, and Mr K H Cartland, a WW2 fighter pilot. The company started in Sedgley, in the heart of the West Midland's Black Country, and supplied a large number of foundries, metal finishing companies, the automotive industry and local schools.
1988
The company had outgrown its existing premises and moved to Livingstone Road, Bilston, West Midlands, where it is still based today.

The 1990s

1996
The company acquired several neighbouring properties to meet the need for additional storage space.
1997
Hogg Laboratory Supplies Ltd., based in Birmingham, was acquired. SciChem was strong in the laboratory market, whilst Hogg Laboratory Supplies was growing strongly in the secondary science education market. Merging the two companies together with their individual strengths gave it a strong foundation for further growth in both markets.
1999
SciChem opened a branch in Cork, Republic of Ireland to target the growing demand for laboratory supplies in the dairy and pharmaceutical markets. In the same year, the company also won several blue chip sole supply contracts and established a branch in Aberdeen to serve the petro-chemical industry and local demand.

The New Millennium

2001
The laboratory distribution business of A. J. Beveridge (part of Bunzl PLC), based in Edinburgh, was acquired.
2002
The business of R&J Wood Ltd. in Paisley was acquired and for the next decade became SciChem's Paisley branch.
2009
Shaw Scientific, the leading education science supplier in Ireland, was acquired and continued to operate from their Dublin base for several years, before merging with the existing operation in Cork.

Recent Years

2017
Two weeks after SciChem's 60th anniversary of trading, the award-winning private equity investor Rcapital backed a management buyout to provide the investment and support for the company's new management team and their passion for science and education.

The Story Continues...

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