Agilent Technologies announces alliance with Markes International to offer environmental health and safety solutions in Europe

Agreement adds air-testing instrumentation and support to Agilent's environmental customers in Europe


Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced an agreement with UK-based Markes International Ltd. that is expected to allow Agilent to expand its environmental health and safety (EH&S) expertise. As a result of the agreement, Agilent, a major supplier of environmental testing equipment for water, soil and pesticide analysis, will be able to offer air-testing instrumentation and support, used to monitor the quality of the air we breathe, to environmental customers in Europe.

Markes is a European supplier of thermal desorption (TD) -- instruments for testing ambient air, indoor air, workplace air and industrial emissions. European EH&S laboratories, industrial EH&S departments and regulatory and research laboratories use thermal desorbers and applications to measure volatile and semi-volatile organic chemicals from air, gas, solids and liquids.

Thermal desorption offers a cost-saving and sensitive alternative to conventional sample preparation methods for the analysis of trace level volatile organic chemicals. Samples are heated in a flow of inert gas to extract target compounds into the vapor stream via a process of dynamic gas extraction. The technology combines sample extraction, with selective analyte concentration and rapid transfer of target compounds to the detector.

"We are pleased to be supplying Markes thermal desorption systems as they are engineered to meet the stringent requirements of key international and European standards for EH&S," said Monty Benefiel, Agilent's environmental products marketing manager. "Adding Markes TD equipment to Agilent's product line broadens our strengths in air-testing technology to provide a complete one- vendor solution."

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