E&O Laboratories expands microbiology products manufacturing plant in Scotland


Scottish microbiology firm is setting up a new £1m production facility in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire

E&O Laboratories, the UK’s biggest, privately-owned manufacturer of microbiological culture media, is expanding with the aim of increasing its export capacity.

The family-owned company, founded in 1989, manufactures clinical diagnostics and microbiological testing products for use in the clinical, pharmaceutical, food, water and environmental industries.

The multimillion pound project has been funded by £1m from the Bank of Scotland and a Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise.

The new larger production facility will include two new cleanrooms.

Managing director Virginia Lucey said: 'This project is going to take our business to the next level. After an extensive research and development programme we devised a strategy to grow our presence on the world stage.'

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Alasdair Swan, relationship director at Bank of Scotland, added: 'It’s an exciting time for any business when they decide to explore new and exciting markets. We’ve tailored funding to suit E&O’s individual growth strategy, allowing Virgina and the team the opportunity to invest in the essential equipment required.