Oxford Instruments Magnetic Resonance has announced an agreement with Folio Instruments Inc. based in Ontario, Canada, to sell its MQC benchtop NMR analyser and therefore extend its coverage throughout the North American country.

The agreement will cover sales and service for the MQC and a range of related products. The MQC is a cost-effective benchtop analyser based on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) for fast, easy, solvent-free measurement of oil, fat and moisture.

According to a press release, these devices are also used to measure spin finish coatings on fibres and for various petrochemical and polymer applications.

Folio Instruments has a team of service engineers who install, service, and calibrate laboratory instruments, and will also train operators on the calibration and operation of the MQC. The company has been successfully handling the sales and servicing of X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) instruments for the Oxford Instruments Industrial Analysis group since August 2008.

“We are excited to announce this new distributor agreement with Folio Instruments, which has been Canada's leading supplier of scientific instruments for more than 20 years,” said Jim Vecchio, National Sales Manager.

It’s been a busy 2011 so far for the Oxford Instruments group, with the company making a number of announcements about its activity this year.

February saw the company sign a research-based collaboration agreement with the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan (ITRI), based on Oxford Instruments providing a HBLED related process research centre staffed by its own process engineers, at ITRI.

Oxford Instruments will soon be installing several more systems in ITRI’s state-of the-art cleanroom facility, the company explained.

In the same month, UK-based Oxford Instruments also announced that it had completed the installation of its 1000th X-Max, the only detector in the world that offers an 80mm2 sensor area. The 1000th X-Max was installed at Atotech in Berlin, Germany, along with three other X-Max units.

The X-Max was the world’s first ‘Large Area’ silicon drift detector, the company explained.

And Oxford Instruments has also revealed that it is to co-host a number of seminars worldwide. Following the success of last year’s seminar and workshop programme, Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology will again hold several similar events this year in conjunction with key research institutes & universities globally.

The company also plans to hold a Seminar/Workshop in France, with the date yet to be confirmed.