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Environmental science firm moves into new European base

Scientists carry out environmental testing to ensure products are safe for the ecosystem at the new Smithers Viscient European headquarters in Harrogate. (S)

Scientists carry out environmental testing to ensure products are safe for the ecosystem at the new Smithers Viscient European headquarters in Harrogate. (S)

 

Global environmental science firm Smithers Viscient moved into their facility in Harrogate this week and has started transferring its 67 locally-based staff to the new site.

The base for its European headquarters is now in the old National Milk Records offices on Skipton Road, and the new labs there will be used for studies in pharmaceutical, industrial chemical, and animal health industries, ensuring products are safe for the environment.

The company, which has more than 620 employees based largely in America and Japan, conducts aquatic and plant studies with a focus on earthworms, arthropods, and fish species, and has also contributed to the safety of bees.

Managing director David Phillips said: “Our forte over the last 40 years has centred on our ability to offer a wide variety of techniques performed by highly competent scientists. The Harrogate-based team, now operating from our new laboratory, will continue that work.

“The new site allows us to add more lines of testing and increase our scope in line with clients’ future needs. Our approach is to partner with clients and work with them as they enter new markets, introduce new products or respond to evolving industry regulations.”

The Smithers Group was based on Otley Road in the Environmental Sciences Group of Covance Laboratories, which it acquired in June 2012, before the renovation was complete. As part of their agreement two years ago, the companies are collaborating by referring projects outside their core business.

A spokesman said: “This has been a truly fantastic opportunity for Smithers Viscient to design, build, and develop its footprint in Europe. The purpose-built laboratory is certainly one of, if not the most, impressive environmental testing laboratory in Europe.

“Keeping with our commitment to be the most sustainable, high-quality provider of environmental testing services is paramount.

“There has been a tremendous concerted effort by all, but our sincere thanks and gratitude go to our clients, partners, staff and the authorities who have continued to support and champion this project. It is these trusted relationships that has made this possible.”

An official opening of the site will take place later in the year.

 

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