Growth is accelerated by investing in value enhancing acquisitions.

Life Sciences

How we have made progress


Since being acquired in 2017, the business has been integrated with our existing DS business and has invested in expanded shared service facilities in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, whilst cross-training technical and applications support personnel at both the global supplier and local level. As a result Abacus dx was able to sell and service over 90 diagnostic instrument placements in 2018 and benefit from the associated pull-through in consumable sales. Revenues of Abacus dx grew by 9% on a like-for-like basis in 2018.

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How we have made progress 


After clustering these businesses under a single senior management team, an ERP system was implemented in 2018 to replace a number of legacy systems. This will allow the management team to consolidate back-office processes to improve visibility of customer activity, inventory and supplier information, and finance. Each location will continue to maintain its own distinct identity, but the ERP system will allow the business to service customers using shared knowledge and products that will increase the value to the customer. Revenues of this business cluster grew by 13% in 2018.

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How we have made progress


In October 2017, Clarendon Specialty Fasteners acquired the business and assets of Coast Fabrication Inc, a small specialty fastener distributor based in California, US. Coast has a strong reputation in US Motorsport which complements Clarendon’s strong Motorsport presence in Europe. Coast also provides a US base to expand Clarendon’s existing aircraft interiors business in this large market and allows Clarendon to access the major US fasteners suppliers. Revenues of Clarendon, including Coast, grew by 25% in 2018.

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