Volume 88 Issue 24 | p. 32
Issue Date: June 14, 2010

Going Beyond Silica

W.R. Grace leverages its materials expertise to expand into the instrumentation market
Department: Business
Keywords: silica, flash chromatography, chromatography, separation science

Few chemical companies have dared to venture into the scientific instrument market. Most prefer to stick with businesses they are familiar with and leave instruments to specialists such as Thermo Fisher Scientific, Agilent, and Waters.

But about nine years ago, W.R. Grace & Co., a $2.8 billion-per-year maker of specialty materials and chemicals, seized an opportunity to get into chromatography, the science of separating mixtures for purification . . .

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