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About us

From singing birds to water baths

Grant Instruments was born over 70 years ago, through one man’s vision and passion for invention. Peter Ward, a Cambridge University economics graduate and Olympic three-mile runner had a hobby of repairing mechanical singing birds. From this, some might say, an unlikely link, Peter went on to create his first commercial invention, a water bath. Operating from folly in the Old Vicarage grounds, together with Cecil Chapman who joined Grant in 1954, they built the foundations of Grant Instruments to instill strong values that remain deep-rooted in the company today.

As a pioneer of temperature control, we have been developing innovative scientific apparatus solutions and data acquisition tools for decades to the scientific, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide.

We are proud to say that we manufacture most of our scientific apparatus products in the UK. Our R&D team is based in-house, together with our sales and customer support teams, giving our customers and partners the levels of service they expect. Grant Instruments guiding principle set out all those years ago in 1951, to ensure we provide “speed of service”, is a strong value that we still stand by today.

Where we are today

Since we first began our journey in 1951, we have become renowned worldwide. We have built up a global presence, across 70 different counties. We have over 10,000 scientific apparatus products sold annually and 80,000 data acquisition products sold in total worldwide. We have over 60 employees across the USA, India, and in our UK HQ on the outskirts of Cambridge.

The core of our business is bringing innovation, solutions, and high-quality products direct to laboratories, healthcare, and industrial markets. In all three sectors, we bring industry-leading products that give high performance and reliability. Our apparatus products are built in the UK and EU with regionally based teams to manage your needs, we can offer you the perfect blend of people and precision-built products.

Our Customers

Our Customers

We work with customers of all sizes and across an array of sectors, from academia, teaching laboratories, hospitals, engineering, automotive, environmental, food manufactures, utilities, transportation, to international pharmaceuticals, globally.

Take a look at some of our customers. To find out more about our custom projects, visit our custom solutions page. 

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