Lab-tek Director David Moore says he is particularly thrilled by the order from Finland.
see: http://www.laboline.fi/ This is the Finnish company's website.
“Finland is one of the most tech-savvy countries in the world, so I think it says something about New Zealand design that they are ordering from us. I have a tremendous regard for Finland . It is a fasinating country which has stepped through 6 centuries of swedish control, and then under Russia until the Bolshivec revolution which made the Finns declare independence in december 1917. At one stage in the 1930's the Finn's had over 800 private telephone companies......but I could go on... The story of Nokia and Finland are the subjest of a harvard University paper for the Professional Masters degree ...and also in New Zealand. Finland holds my utmost admiration and we in New Zealand salute them as an example for us. The world is a better place for the people of Finland.
Vortexers are extremely useful for any company that processes a large number of medical samples. Many samples are frozen for testing later because it often isn’t practical to test all samples as soon as they come into a lab. The shaking ensures a consistent mix in the test tube after the sample thaws.
“My new Finnish distributor found the vortexer on my web site and contacted me to see if they could handle the distribution in Finland,” says Mr Moore. “They are a new company and have five sales people so will have plenty of resources to promote the vortexer widely over there.'
“Mr Moore has also made sales to Vanderbuilt University in the United States, who commented that ‘Lab-tek was the place to go for vortexers’. He developed and sold 11 heavy-duty vortexers for a pharmaceutical company in the USA last year, and has several other possibilities on the go in the US at the moment. OurVortexers have also been sold in Australia, the U.K., the Netherlands, Belgium, and New Zealand.
“So far (at november 2004) we have sold over 40 vortexers overseas. I’m getting very positive comments and customers are very pleased. Our vortexers sell for NZ$3000-$6500 each and I've custom made some for specific uses. This only means making a small variation in the standard models but that has given me competitive advantage and enabled profit to be made out of the prototype models too.”
Mr Moore developed his first vortexer in 1998 after a lot of late nights and long weekends.
“I noticed that the machines that did exist were outdated so I saw a gap in the market for something new.”
He sold his first three vortexers to Canterbury Health Labs and has continued from there.
“We are now at the stage of getting other people involved to help market and manufacture them. The Mechanical Engineering Department at Canterbury University has the students doing a design project on the vortexer this term.”
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