Scientific Laboratory Supplies (SLS) acquires controlling interest in Aurora Scientific
26 May 2022
Scientific Laboratory Supplies has acquired a controlling interest in leading water utility supplier Aurora Scientific.
Founded in 1988 Aurora Scientific specialises in sampling equipment for the UK water industry and has grown to become a leading supplier – supplying more than 70% of regional water utility companies, as well as large laboratories that conduct microbiological and chemical analysis for all water types.
With post-Brexit and COVID-19 market conditions placing pressure on Aurora’s operations, the company engaged in discussions with SLS to develop a partnership that will allow it to continue to deliver and develop exceptional quality products.
The two businesses have readily synergised operations, increasing the availability of products to both entities, and enabling customers to streamline analysis and reduce laboratory costs. The agreement will secure the continuation of ongoing product developments and bring new lines and product innovations to the market.
Brian Hepburn, Managing Director of Aurora, said: “This new working relationship with SLS is a major plus for our customers. For over twenty-five years, we have offered a wide range of reliable, high-quality and customer specific products to the food, environmental pharmaceutical, and water industries. However, with the current emphases on cost and pressures in the supply chain, it was becoming extremely unlikely that Aurora Scientific could continue in its existing format. We can now look forward to packaging the combined expertise of both companies together and helping our customers through what are difficult times. We will continue to be the best value in the market for water related laboratory products. We are proud of our history and this deal secures our future and for our products manufactured here in the UK.”
Bob McLaughlin, Sales Director of SLS, added: “This deal is exciting for all involved, as it allows us to work closely together in delivering the best quality solutions for the water testing industry. We are two businesses with a primary focus on both the customer and quality, which allowed for such positive discussions to take place. We look forward to working with SLS and Aurora customers to ensure we continue to service their requirements with superior customer service and the highest quality products available.”