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Kore Technology Ltd - registered in England, Registered No. 2643175

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Who we are

Kore Technology Ltd. has been in business creating scientific instruments based on Time-of-Flight mass spectrometers since 1991. We have delivered over 200 analytical instruments to researchers around the world.

Kore specialises in designing and building customised mass spectrometers, related components, and other vacuum-based equipment. We are able to offer instrument customisation to our clients at sensible prices because we endeavour, where possible, to use existing modules from our large array of previous designs. This, combined with whatever one-off engineering is required, allows us to create instruments tailored to our clients' specific requirements.

We often work with research organisations, to develop application specific research tools. We also work with companies to develop new products optimised for their chosen market.

Our main customers in universities and research institutes typically have limited funds available. So Kore has developed a unique instrument philosophy that reduces overheads and bought-out costs, allowing us to offer high quality cutting-edge research equipment at affordable prices:

We use "in-house" Technology

We have developed a lot of in-house technology over the years. We design, build and assemble all our own time-of-flight mass spectrometer systems, sub-assemblies and control and signal detection electronics, minimising the amount of 'bought-out' goods.

This reduces costs because whenever a company buys high cost items from a third party, the third party will require their profit margin, and then the instrument company that is using these third party items will add their margin on top of the third party margin.

We keep marketing costs low

Company sales and marketing costs are passed onto the customer. So Kore does not spend money on expensive marketing. Our customers around the world are intelligent users of the Internet. Our web site is unashamedly technically orientated, and customers are encouraged to contact us directly for quotations and proposals for projects

We only use international agents when they add value to our clients. Our agents or distributors use Factory Trained and Certified support personnel to provide the highest quality sales and service support close to the customer.

We provide affordable servicing

We always provide detailed documentation and training in instrument diagnostics to all our customers to enable them to maintain their instruments using technical staff within their institutes. We can also provide affordable service contracts, which involve scheduled visits for servicing and all our instruments carry a one-year warranty, which can be extended up to 5 years. If an issue develops with the instrument after the warranty period has expired we still work with customers via e-mail, telephone or Skype to perform simple diagnostics that allow us to identify the source of the issue.

History of Kore

The history of Kore can be traced back to 1978 when, at Cambridge Consultants Ltd., one of Kore's founders designed the world's first laser microprobe with a reflectron time-of-flight mass analyser for bulk sample analysis. In 1982 Cambridge Mass Spectrometry(CMS) was spun-off from CCL to develop and sell a laser microprobe mass analyser. This company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Kratos Analytical in 1987, which in turn was bought by the Shimadzu Corporation of Japan in 1990. CMS developed and sold large and expensive surface analysis instruments, based around sector, quadrupole and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometer (SIMS) technology.

1992- Kore was formed as an independent company, owned and funded mostly by its staff, when the "core" of engineers at CMS decided that they did not wish to transfer with CMS products to Kratos in Manchester, as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

1993- the UK Department of Trade and Industry(DTI) awarded Kore a SMART award for a feasibility study concerning the use of Kore's time-of-flight mass spectrometer technology in a portable pollution monitor. This award aims to encourage innovation in UK industry and as such is competitive.

1994- Kore moved to new 2,700sq.ft premises on the Cambridge Science Park and in the same year was awarded further SMART funding to produce a production prototype portable mass spectrometer.

1995- the UK DTI awarded Kore a SPUR award to develop a novel table-top secondary ion mass spectrometer as an inexpensive surface contamination analyser for solid samples to be used in product research and development, quality control and fault diagnosis.

1998- The development of a compact low cost portable TOF-MS for commercial sale was initiated.

2001- A venture technology company YUNO Ltd was spun-off from Kore.

2002- Kore moved to a brand new 4000 sq ft building on the Cambridgeshire Business Park in Ely. Kore owns the building, so this will be our permanent home.

2003- Kore begins to develop novel PTR-MS products.

2005- Kore develops new PTR/APCI TOF-MS

2006- Kore introduces new affordable TOFSIMS

2007- Kore begins development of a novel portable GC-TOFMS

2010- New 4GHz TDC developed

2013- PREFICS - Pre concentrator with Fast Integrated Chromatographic Separation developed

2014- Kore develops a high mass resolution soft chemical ionisation TOFMS instrument for environmental analysis “SCI-TOF-MS”

Description of business

Kore has traded successfully for over 24 years. We currently have no borrowings and have an annual turnover of over $2M.

The company is a centre of excellence in time-of-flight mass spectrometer technology and has a very strong R&D capability in terms of its personnel, all of whom have been heavily involved in a variety of analytical instrumentation development programmes. Experimental ultra-high vacuum chambers with pumping are available for test purposes. There is a workshop for the fabrication of metal parts, clean air facilities for assembly and basic equipment for electronic assembly and test, as well as extensive design and mathematical modelling software facilities.


Last updated: 14:43 20/08/2015

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