Who are

Appleton Woods?

Established in 1967 by Derek and June Brown, Appleton Woods Ltd initially manufactured stainless steel canisters for sterilising laboratory glassware.

Derek Brown had worked in the Metallurgy Department at the University of Birmingham and had seen an opportunity to supply metalware to his colleagues in the Microbiology Department. Under the founders’ son, Chris Brown, the portfolio of products has now grown to encompass the latest in laboratory disposable plastic innovations, a wide range of laboratory equipment and an expanding range of molecular biology and cell culture reagents.

Today Appleton Woods services long-standing and new customers in the pharma-biotech, academic research and clinical sectors with a huge variety of high-quality products using our own delivery network operating out of our HQ in Kings Norton, Birmingham

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The product portfolio has been developed to encompass a comprehensive range of Equipment, Consumables and Reagents and is supplied to Life Science Laboratories across the UK. The company’s focus is on teaching in Higher Education and research environments in Universities and Research Institutes, Biotech Companies and Clinical Laboratories, where Its customers are working to understand, diagnose and treat human health and disease. The company’s strength is in providing a deep technical understanding of the work being carried out by its customers and adding a strong consultative selling and customer service ethic.

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The company re-located to modern premises in Kings Norton, South West Birmingham in 2014. This central location allows deliveries using the company’s own vans to most parts of the UK. New Lindon House (Lindon being another family surname) offers modern professional office accommodation for the Sales and Marketing team, alongside Customer Services and the Warehouse and Distribution operation


Appleton Woods has a growing number of its own high quality ‘Appleton’ branded products as well as supplying equipment and consumables from over 60 manufacturers from around the world. We have distribution partnerships with leading manufacturers such as Corning, Sterilin and Zeiss, so our comprehensive product range can fulfil all of our customers’ laboratory supply needs

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The Future

We like to think we are a small but perfectly formed company. To further develop our business and achieve our goals we need to continually invest in the development of our team. Please click here to view our Careers page.