Materials Analysis

Financial Highlights

Materials Analysis

£m 2014 2013
Sales 348.8 362.4
Op profit   53.3   63.3

Turnover contribution to group

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Malvern Instruments

Malvern Instruments develops, manufactures and markets advanced analytical systems used in characterising a wide variety of materials, from bulk powders to nanomaterials and delicate macromolecules.

Innovative technologies and powerful software produce systems that deliver industrially relevant data, enabling customers to make the connection between micro (eg particle size) and macro (bulk) material properties (rheology) and chemical composition (chemical imaging). Malvern solutions are proven in sectors from cement to pharmaceuticals and support the understanding, improvement and optimisation of many industrial processes. Extensive industry experience and analytical expertise enable Malvern to deliver exceptional support to customers worldwide.


Laboratory-based and in process particle characterisation systems, rheometers and viscometers, near infrared chemical imaging systems.


An extensive range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, paints/coatings, cosmetics, sand/cement, ceramics, minerals and food, where particles form an integral part of an end product or where rheological properties are important in development, manufacture or end use.

Particle Measuring Systems

Particle Measuring Systems designs, manufactures and services microcontamination monitoring instrumentation and software used for detecting contaminants in aerosols, liquids, CMP slurries, gas streams and vacuum processing environments. The purpose is to avoid product contamination and improve manufacturing yield.


Aerosol, liquid, gas and vacuum particle counters, monitoring software, airborne molecular contamination monitors, environmental sensors, CMP slurry monitors.


Cleanroom monitoring, parts cleanliness testing, facility certification, filter testing, in-line particle measurements, quality assurance testing, bath monitoring, process gas monitoring, testing for USP compliance, ultrapure water monitoring, chemical distribution monitoring.


PANalytical's mission is to enable people to get valuable insight into their materials and processes.The combination of our software and instrumentation, based on X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy as well as pulsed fast thermal neutron activation (PFTNA), provides highly reliable and robust elemental and structural information on materials and is applied in scientific research and industrial process and quality control.

The analysis methods are used in research laboratories, and in industrial process and quality control, to determine the chemical composition and crystallographic structure of a range of materials, from metals, minerals, oils and other liquids to plastics, pharmaceuticals and semiconductors. The benefits especially of X-ray analysis are that it is non-destructive, fast, easy to use, and samples can often be examined with minimal preparation.

A sales and service network in all but a few countries of the world ensures unmatched levels of worldwide customer support.


Materials characterisation instrumentation based on X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence and near-infrared spectroscopy as well as pulsed fast thermal neutron activation technology.


Industrial process and quality control in pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals/chemicals, metals and mining, cement, semiconductors and in environmental monitoring of hazardous substances. Research and development applications in pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, ceramics, cement, steel and other metals and materials.