From 1990, MSE became the centrifuge arm of the Sanyo Gallenkamp, which manufactured a range of laboratory products. Sanyo of Japan made considerable investment in improving the quality of existing products and consolidated sales and manufacturing to one geographical location in Loughborough in 1998. However, in 2003, a decision was made by Sanyo of Japan to withdraw from all manufacturing in the UK and a buyer for the MSE brand was to be found.
In May 2004, the MSE centrifuge part of Sanyo Gallenkamp was purchased by Henderson Biomedical Ltd, a family business specialising in the service and repair of centrifuges since 1987. Henderson Biomedical formed a new company called MSE (UK) Ltd and therefore brought the MSE brand back into UK ownership. The manufacturing of laboratory centrifuges already complimented the business activities of Henderson Biomedical, making the purchase of MSE seem like a natural progression for the company.
At the time of the purchase of MSE, Henderson Biomedical was located in Beckenham, Kent. The addition of MSE meant that both companies needed to relocate and so in 2005, the company moved a new site in Lower Sydenham, London (above left). Our current home in Lower Sydenham is much larger and contains offices, an assembly area, workshops and a warehouse.
Our objective is to improve existing MSE products as well as introduce new ones, thus re-establishing the company as a leader in the global laboratory equipment market. Export currently makes up around a third of MSE's turnover and the company hopes to increase this figure over the coming years by re-capturing old markets and breaking into new ones.