Oxford Catalysts is expanding its laboratory facilities and investing in additional analytical equipment in order to accelerate its catalyst development and better serve its growing customer base.
The expansion, due to begin at the end of January 2008, will involve a total investment of over £1 million, and will more than double the floor space of the existing laboratory facilities.
As part of the project Oxford Catalysts has already purchased two Amtec Spider16 high throughput screening gas phase reactor systems. These are due to be brought into operation in March and April 2008. It also plans to purchase three additional small scale Fischer-Tropsch (FT) and reforming test rigs, a further hydro-desulphurization test rig, and associated analytical and catalyst preparation equipment.
In addition, Oxford Catalysts will be taking on the necessary technicians and catalyst preparation chemists needed to support the new equipment, as well as employing additional senior technology managers. In all, scientific staff numbers are expected to rise from the current 20 to around 30.
The expansion is expected to be completed by July 2008. In the meantime, Oxford Catalysts will be posting regular updates on progress on its website.