Ion Science growth

ION Science on target to achieve £20 million turnover in its 30th anniversary year

Increasing awareness of the need to monitor volatile organic compounds for indoor and outdoor air quality drives demand for photoionisation detectors

Ion Science announced its target of £20 million in 2019 on its 30th anniversary, this is in line with its year-on-year growth of 30%.

Increasing global awareness of the need to monitor volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for indoor and outdoor air quality continues to drive demand. Ion Science is delighted to meet this demand with its high-performance photoionisation (PID) VOC gas detectors.

Further underlining its position as the world’s largest manufacturer of VOC monitors, Ion Science now has global subsidiary offices. It now has offices in France, Italy, Germany, India, China and the USA with a fast-growing distributor network.

A record month was recorded in April 2019 with an unprecedented £1.3 million turnover. This was largely due to an order for 180 of its popular Tiger handheld instruments. The company has also benefitted from sales growth across Scandinavia and the Far East.

Company growth

Duncan Johns the managing Director of Ion Science says; “There is no doubt that widening recognition of the damaging effects of VOCs on health and the environment continues to fuel our growth. Companies are seeking well-designed, robust and reliable gas detection instruments to protect employees and the wider community.”

“As a technology-led business, it is imperative we continue to move forward and push boundaries. This is demonstrated by considerable investment in strategically located subsidiary offices in Europe and the Rest-of-the-World. Another major factor is the expansion of our MiniPID sensor range, with a focus on indoor air quality applications.”

“Despite being established for 30 years, we are proud that our philosophies, core values and vision are the same as ever. We are committed to developing market-leading, cost-effective and efficient sensing devices for end-users across the world.”

Ion Science was responsible for developing the world’s first truly field worthy and accurate PID detector patented in 1998. In 2000, it launched the PhoCheck 5000EX which was its first PID instrument designed to detect VOCs down to ppb levels. Our range of Hydrosteel corrosion monitors also continues to be the world’s premium hydrogen flux monitors used in petrochemical streams.

A global advantage

A fundamental advantage of Ion Science’s PID is the globally patented Fence electrode technology. This enables VOC measurements in contaminated, hot and humid atmospheres.

The serviceability and robustness of the PID using the Fence Electrode were enhanced by the in-house manufacture of a miniaturised PID. These MiniPID sensors are also used in the Tiger instrument series and other PID instruments.

The company has also dedicated considerable resources into selective benzene measurements. The Tiger Select, Cub TAC, Titan and Falco TAC offer a complete range of benzene products for the petrochemical industries.

Another key milestone for Ion Science was the move into a new state-of-the-art building in autumn 2017. This £4.5 million, 1500m2 facility is located in the village of Fowlmere in Cambridgeshire and is the head office. The building was designed to meet current and short-term needs, as well as reflect the on-going ambitions of the business.

To learn more about ION Science, contact us on E: or T: +44 (0) 1763 208 503.