Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cup Is Half Full for Water Testing Firm

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cup Is Half Full for Water Testing Firm

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A NORTH East company is aiming to corner more of the global market in water analysis.

More than 60% of Gateshead-based Palintest's pounds 8m turnover comes from overseas and the business is now targeting South America, Eastern Europe and further expansion into China.

The business, which was set up more than 100 years ago as Wilkinson and Simpson, before becoming part of the Halma group in the 1970s, makes tests for drinking water, waste water and swimming pool water. It also supplies tests for the industrial and process water sectors, soil testing and water disinfection.

The company is named after Dr Palin, who came up with the industry standard test for chlorine, and employs around 70 people at its Team Valley headquarters.

Palintest spokesman Edward Mack said: "We do all the manufacturing in-house and the and we have branches in the US, Australia and China. 2009 was a record year and this year has been building on that. We are targeting growth every year. …

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