Kromek Group

Kromek Group

Company information

  • Sector: Manufacturing & Engineering
  • Region: North East England

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Sedgefield-based Kromek Group is one of the world’s leading developers of imaging and radiation detection products. Its devices are designed for hospitals, airports and other sites, and help to detect everything from cancer to explosives and even radioactive materials that could be used in a ‘dirty bomb’.

“We have developed market-leading solutions in all three of our target markets: medical, security and nuclear,” says group CEO Dr Arnab Basu. “We have identified gaps in the market and come up with disruptive products at competitive prices.” In the medical sector, Kromek’s imaging products are used to provide earlier and more reliable detection of cancer, cardiac conditions and osteoporosis, while using lower doses of radiation.

  • 3 - The number of markets in which Kromek specialises – medical, security and nuclear

The company is also at the forefront of the development of cadmium zinc telluride, identified by global giants like Toshiba, Siemens, GE and Phillips as key to their future CT and SPECT scanning technology.

In the security market, Kromek’s machines are used to screen liquids, aerosols and gels at airports to check they don’t include explosive materials. And in the nuclear market, Kromek has developed a networked mobile device, the D3S, which can detect the tiniest traces of radioactive material.

“We have grown the business through innovation,” continues Arnab. “We have produced the smallest mobile commercial product for detection of nuclear radioactive materials and have been awarded the sole supplier contract by DARPA, an agency in the US government’s Department of Defense.

“We are at the start of our growth trajectory. We have moved from the R&D phase into the full commercialisation phase and we are selling more products in multiple markets. Our core technology is in place and we expect to increase our workforce significantly.”