A third-quarter sales lull stifled what looked to be a promising year for Millbrook Scientific, the designer and manufacturer of instruments for measuring films and coatings at nanoscale level.
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However, with a steadily growing global presence — new markets last year included
‘Last year’s principal achievement was that we completed the development of a number of new products that greatly enhance our range. These are now ready to market and have already generated substantial interest. Compared with last year, the order book is stronger, the product range is broader and the cost base is reduced,’ he said.
The company’s technology base is centred on three core products.
The first, MiniSIMS, provides a means of chemically analysing a material by bombarding the surface atoms to generate a 3D image, showing what the material is made of and what it looks like.
The second, called Nanotest, is based on a technique that measures the mechanical properties of a thin film without interference from the substrate material. This is achieved by using of a small diamond probe fixed to a vertical pivoted pendulum.
He also cited a number of recent reports that could prove a fillip to sales — in particular the NanoRoadMap project (co-funded by the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission) emphasising the expansion of the surface engineering and nanocoatings market.