Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS), designer and manufacturer of low power, high speed Non-Dispersive Infrared (NDIR) carbon dioxide gas sensors, has appointed a new CEO.

New CEO, Ralph Weir, will work closely with GSS founder Alan Henderson, to scale the business, building on the platform of technology and products to drive its global expansion.

Ralph is a seasoned CEO with extensive experience of building up high-growth technology companies. He has been CEO at Cambridge Nanotherm, Phase Vision and growth consultants Actiri. His earlier career includes commercial leadership roles in business such as Mirics Semiconductor, Elixent and Blue Wave Systems, all of whom enjoyed success across Asia, Europe and the US.

Speaking at the ‘Sensing The Air We Breathe’ conference in Glasgow, organised by GSS in partnership with The Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS), Ralph said, “GSS is a business that has been around for 10 years and is a well-established international supplier of proven technology.”

“The challenge now is to take the company and scale it into hyper growth, enabled by world-beating products, significant manufacturing capacity and quality systems. The Far East is a particularly buoyant market for us and we will be focused on making major inroads there over the next couple of years.”

Alan Henderson, founder of GSS, welcomed Ralph’s appointment, saying, “Ralph’s arrival allows me to focus on the aspects of the business I’ve always enjoyed the most; working with key customers, supporting the growth of GSS by expanding our OEM customers base and further developing exciting growth markets like China.”

Speaking on behalf of investors, Tricap Investment and Scottish Investment Bank, Martin Reynard, chairman of Gas Sensing, said, “We’re proud to bring an experienced leader such as Ralph in to a business we’ve believed in and worked closely with for the last 10 years. We’re excited about what this world-class team can deliver over the next 10 years.”

GSS has already delivered hundreds of thousands of sensors globally. In addition to being a national winner of the Institute of Physics award for Innovation in July 2014, GSS won first prize in the Shell Springboard awards in 2012, John Logie Baird Innovation award in 2008 and five TSB Awards.