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Syft Sales Momentum In Europe Continues

Syft Sales Momentum In Europe Continues

News release, 11 February 2009 , Syft Technologies Ltd, Christchurch , New Zealand:

Syft Technologies has won a breakthrough contract to supply Voice200 instruments into the European Container Fumigant Testing market and have sealed an additional deal with the University of Ghent, Belgium .

Syft’s UKoffice, in partnership with Interscience BVA, Syft’s Benelux Distributor, has had another boost to the burgeoning order book.

The company has signed a deal with a Rotterdam-based Dutch fumigant detection company, a leading player in the International Container Fumigation and Testing market.

While Syft has successfully sold its instruments into the Australasian and Canadian markets for this application, sales success in the EU Container space has eluded the company until now. 

John Billows, Syft’s International Sales Manager, said, “Concerns for Worker Health and Safety have increased significantly in Holland and Belgium, particularly over the last 18 months with several TV news and newspaper articles highlighting the dangers of fumigants.  There have been some high profile cases of worker poisoning which has brought the issue right into the forefront of public interest. This has allowed our message to be received well in these quarters and has led to this very important first sale into the sector in Europewhich we now are confident will lead to further success in other European ports.”

The first Voice200 instrument for the customer will be shipped to Europe later this month and will be installed in a customized Van facilitating mobile testing at Rotterdam, the world’s 6th largest port and the largest in Europe (ahead of 9th placed Hamburg). Following the successful implementation, a second mobile instrument is planned for the Portof Amsterdam.

Syft’s Container Air testing application is providing critical protection to Australian and Canadian Customs staff, ensuring that containers being entered for inspection are clear from the toxic gases often used to eliminate bio-security hazards. Many fumigants are colourless and odourless, making them impossible to detect by humans but can lead to significant health issues following exposure. International exposure guidelines are constantly being reviewed and Hollandhas demanded some of the lowest levels, all well within the detection capabilities of Syft Instruments.

In addition to the Container Testing sale, Interscience BVand Syft’s European Sales team have landed a commercial deal for a Voice200 instrument with The University of Ghent in Belgium.

The University had previously commissioned some analysis from a local Contract laboratory which has a Voice instrument, and were so impressed with the data that they have now decided to acquire their own instrument.

Their key application is the freshness of packaged food stuffs, especially fish and meat. The University is already a leader in this application area and the addition of a Voice200 increases their impressive analytical capabilities.

Dr Stephen Guilfoyle, EU Regional Manager, said that the team at Interscience had made a significant impact in both deals.

“Interscience key account manager Frank Koudijs has been lobbying politicians and raising the profile of Syft at every opportunity as part of Interscience’s bid to have Voice instruments accepted as the gold standard in Europefor Container Air analysis. Their efforts, with our support, are now starting to pay real dividends,” he said.



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