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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. The portfolio of products grew to include the glassware being used, and then into single-use disposable plasticware as technologies changed. Today, the company remains an independent family owned business and is run by the founders’ son, Chris Brown.


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The product portfolio has 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 very much on 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 pride ourselves on being a small but perfectly formed business and will be celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2017. We will be going for gold next year as we plan to continue growing our business. In order to do that, we need to recruit the best people and we will be investing in the development of our existing team to help us achieve our goals.