In 1982, Michael Jackson released the album Thriller, Steven Spielberg's blockbuster E.T. was shown in the cinemas, the first Commodore 64 was launched and Anton Paar founded its first sales subsidiary in the UK
From the early 1970s, Anton Paar products were distributed in the UK by Stanton Redcroft. In 1982, Sales Manager Bryan Leslie Treherne and brothers Kevin and Paul Jiggens, as well as Mike Stevens, decided to break new ground. On 6 January 1982, Paar Scientific opened a small office in Raynes Park in South London.
In 2004, the company name was changed to Anton Paar. A branch office was subsequently established in Dublin in 2011 (which became Anton Paar Ireland in 2021) and, since 2012, the company has been located in St Albans.
“We are all very proud to be celebrating our 40th anniversary at Anton Paar,” says Managing Director Huw Bevan: “This is a fantastic achievement and true testament to the drive, enthusiasm and commitment of our employees, and the support we’ve received from our customers. We look forward to continuing our growth together during the next 40 years.”
“The true value of our company lies in the knowledge, drive and enthusiasm of our employees,” says Mr Bevan, “many of whom have been with Anton Paar for quite a few years.”
Despite the headwind caused by the UK’s decision to leave the EU, there are still plenty of opportunities for further growth. The company serves an increasingly broad range of customers across industries, such as beverage, academia, chemical and pharmaceutical.
According to Mr Bevan, the company will expand further in the next few years and a new location is already being planned: “The new headquarters will be more than twice the size of the existing premises in St Albans,” he says. “The completion of this project will take a few years. Then we will be able to celebrate another landmark in our history.”
Anton Paar develops, produces and distributes highly accurate laboratory instruments and process measuring systems, and provides custom-tailored automation and robotic solutions. It is the world leader in the measurement of density, concentration and CO2, and in the field of rheometry.