About Hansatech Instruments

Hansatech Instruments is a small, British, scientific instrument company located in the heart of rural Norfolk. For over 40 years, our efforts have been concentrated towards the design & manufacture of high quality oxygen electrode and chlorophyll fluorescence measurement systems for the studies of cellular respiration & photosynthesis research. Our product range covers a wide range of applications within the following fields of study:

  • Oxygen electrode measurement using sophisticated Clark type oxygen electrodes
  • Chlorophyll fluorescence and optical absorbance measurements employing leading edge analytical techniques
  • Exclusive representative for PP Systems instrumentation in the UK and Ireland.

Our scientific and research instruments are now in use in a wide range of programs in more than one hundred countries throughout the world and have gained an enviable reputation for quality, reliability and excellent price/performance.

Company history

The name ‘Hansatech’ is derived from the Hanseatic League, a trading alliance of towns and cities of Northern Europe which flourished in the 13th to 15th centuries. The town of King’s Lynn, where Hansatech Instruments is located, was a key trading post between England and continental Europe.

Prof. David A. Walker | Hansatech Instruments | Oxygen electrode and chlorophyll fluorescence measurement systems for cellular respiration and photosynthesis research

Prof. David A. Walker

The original Hansatech Limited was founded in 1972 as a sub-contracting electronic assembly company. Shortly afterwards, contact was made between Hansatech and Prof. David A. Walker who was at that time Professor of Biology at Sheffield University. Prof. Walker had been using prototype Clark oxygen electrodes which he had designed and developed with the late Tom Delieu.

Further collaboration ensued and in 1974 Hansatech Ltd launched the DW1, a commercial Clark type polarographic oxygen electrode with an accompanying chamber and control unit. The aim of this instrument was to further the use of oxygen measurements in the teaching and research of plant physiology. The DW1 is in use in laboratories worldwide and still sells strongly.

Contact with customers acted as a further springboard for developments, and by 1989, the scientific side of the business had grown sufficiently to allow the foundation of a new company, Hansatech Instruments Ltd, which is housed in an attractive old farmhouse in a rural location on the outskirts of King’s Lynn.

A specialist team of skilled employees ensures that our ever-broadening range of high quality scientific instrumentation has been designed for optimum performance and reliability. We collaborate with experienced and renowned academics and scientific bodies to ensure that the design of our instrument range meets the needs of established and developing trends in scientific research and teaching programmes.

Our products are now in use in scientific programs in more than ninety countries throughout the world and have gained an enviable reputation for quality, reliability and excellent price/performance.

Customer Support

Hansatech Instruments customers can be assured that the items they purchase are designed and manufactured to the highest standard with strict pre-sales test procedures in place. Any support enquiries are dealt with promptly and efficiently by knowledgeable, friendly staff. Because of our tireless commitment to a high standard of customer service, Hansatech Instruments have pleasure in serving thousands of satisfied, loyal customers spanning more than 100 countries.

Development Policy

A policy of continuous development ensures that our range keeps abreast of current research needs and so in the interests of updating and improving our equipment, we reserve the right to alter specifications without prior notice.

Company Registration

Hansatech Instruments Ltd is registered in England and Wales:

Registration number: 2354398

Registered office:

Thain Wilbur
36/38 King Street
King’s Lynn
PE30 1ES