2022 marks Hiden Analytical’s 40th year of continuous and independent operation in the field of mass spectrometry. Driven by customer and application focussed innovation, a unique and successful company culture and exemplary worldwide reputation has been gained. Now employing a talented staff of over 120 scientists, engineers, technicians and operations specialists at its UK headquarters, Hiden continues to go from strength to strength.
In 1982 in Warrington, England, Hiden Analytical began life as a start-up company with the initially focussed upon manufacturing quadrupole mass spectrometers for vacuum processing in the emerging semiconductor fabrication industry. Over time, application areas expanded and new products were developed. Early developments saw the design of real-time gas analysis systems followed by new and innovative products to address specific areas. Initially, direct external ion measurement systems for plasma process diagnostics, then, secondary ion monitoring for surface characterisation (the SIMS technique). Recent developments have included systems for the direct analysis of dissolved species in environmental and electrochemical applications as well as improvements in system portability, with the pQA being a fully featured portable quadrupole analyser for environmental studies. Hiden’s product range has further expanded to offer systems addressing the five main application areas of RGA, gas analysis, catalysis & thermal analysis, plasma characterisation and surface analysis. Hiden’s bespoke design service continues to provide client interactive development of solutions to meet specific requirements.
1992 saw Hiden enter the field of microgravimetric gas sorption measurement in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, and our dedicated sister-company, Hiden Isochema, was established to manufacture these products. In 1996 Hiden inc., was formed to provide sales and service support for the full Hiden product range in the USA, with offices established throughout the country. In 2019 presence in Europe was further strengthened by the creation of Hiden Europe gmbh. Providing a strong base of sales and application based technical support for Germany and Austria. In 2022, representation remains strong throughout Europe, Asia and throughout North and South America. Hiden’s global reach is further strengthened by a local presence in many countries, worldwide. We have websites in French, German, Spanish, US English, and English together with our representatives’ web sites in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
To be completed this year, further company expansion includes new clean room facilities for precision assembly, a new vacuum /mechanical assembly suite and new office space at Hiden’s UK headquarters.