Belfast Telegraph

Randox buys UK lab to specialise in testing on hair

By Rebecca Kincade

DIAGNOSTICS company Randox has doubled its UK laboratory space after buying a lab in Manchester which specialises in testing on hair.

Randox Testing Services in Crumlin paid an undisclosed sum for the lab – and assets including hi-tech hair testing apparatus – after it was sold by KPMG, which had been appointed administrators to Screensafe UK, Trimega Laboratories and Ingemino Testing Services last month.

Randox Testing Services, part of the wider Randox Group, said it had grown rapidly in the last few years and was now providing forensic toxicology tests to over half the UK police forces and workplace testing to well-known companies.

Gary McCutcheon, global manager for Randox Testing Services, said: "Manchester ranks second in terms of metropolitan economies within the UK, but when you factor in its geographical location, it really becomes an obvious choice.

"Outstanding air, road and rail infrastructure makes it an ideal hub location to service the UK market and further afield.

"Looking towards the future with Manchester's proud tradition of science and innovation, its universities offer a strong pool of quality graduates as we require to expand."

Growth has also been bolstered by a recent tightening of rules surrounding corporate manslaughter, leading to an increase in workplace drug and alcohol testing.

And growth has also taken place because the growing number of foreign direct investment firms in Northern Ireland had resulted in a culture shift, so that testing was more common in business environments.

Mr McCutcheon added: "As part of the global Randox Group, employing 1,300 people and trading in 145 countries, our experience draws from the wider business's 30-year expertise in the clinical diagnostic and testing sector.

"More than doubling the size of our UK operational laboratory space is a clear statement of intent for our ambition, and we look forward to success at our new Manchester base."

The company said hair could convey more information about a person than saliva or urine, making it more suited to family law and child protection cases.

Randox Holdings had a turnover of £92m in the year to December 2013 – an increase of 27% – and was numbered 36 in the Belfast Telegraph's Top 100 Companies 2014.

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