Category Archives: Export

Making Chromatography Connections at ArabLab

ArabLab is the best trade show for the Analytical Industry that reaches chemists from the Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, China, and Asia.Steven Miles meeting with Channels

We arrived in Dubai a few days ago and have been overwhelmed with the beauty of the region.

Our experiences at ArabLab have been incredible, meeting with distributors, experts in the chemical field, and companies interested in the latest Chromatography information.

We owe a huge thanks to our friends at Channels – Anne, Bhavna, Sana, and Mohit – for introducing us to several of the companies in the Dubai region.ArabLab

Here’s a look at just some of the people we’ve met, the sights we’ve seen, and the experiences we’ve had in our first couple of days in Dubai:

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Steven Miles meeting with Shahin Golshani

Our hotel in Dubai

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Applications and Advantages of Thin Layer Chromatography

We are thrilled to find web sites, blogs, videos, and posts centered around chromatography, and we enjoy sharing these finds!describe the image

Nitin Vasava is a pharmacist who created the blog pharmastuff4u.

Nitin has posted a couple of very useful lists, here’s excerpts:

TLC Application | Some Applications of Thin Layer Chromatography


  1. Purity of  any sample : Purity of sample can be carried out with TLC. Direct comparison  is done between the sample and the standard or authentic sample; if any impurity is detected, then it shows extra spots and this can be detected easily.
  2. Identification of compounds: Thin layer chromatography can be employed in purification, isolation and identification  of natural products like volatile oil or essential oil, fixed oil, waxes, terpenes, alkaloids, glycosides, steriods etc.
  3. Examination of reactions: Reaction mixture can be examined by Thin layer chromatography to access whether the reaction is complete or not. This method is also used in checking other separational processes and purification processes like distillation, molecular distillation etc.

Click Here for the complete post.

Advantages of Thin Layer Chromatography TLC

Advantages of Thin layer chromatography
Advantages of Thin layer Chromatography (TLC)


  1. Less equipment is required.
  2. Very little time for separation is required.
  3. It is more sensitive.
  4. The lower detection limit of analytical sample in TLC is approximately one decimal lower than that is paper chromatography and very small quantities of sample is sufficient for analysis.

Click Here for the complete list.

In Memory…

We would not be here, and you would not be reading this post, if it were not for one man.

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Matt Lamkin founded our company in 1961 – he has been a truly great leader, mentor, and friend to everyone in this company.

Matt passed away recently, leaving all of us with both great memories and a sense of loss.

We join all of Matt’s family and friends in saying farewell to a man who made a difference to all of us.

Working with Exceptional Care for Children

Just a few miles from our company, there’s an organization that is devoted to making a difference in the lives of children and families.

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Exceptional Care for Children is a state-of-the-art residential healthcare facility serving technology-dependent children and their families.

We are proud to be a part of Exceptional Care for Children. Our company has sponsored one of the rooms in the facility – The Delaware Room:

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We are ever grateful for the incredible work done by Exceptional Care for Children and encourage everyone to get to know this group better. Click Here for more information.

Our SBA Success Story…

Our friends at the U.S. Small Business Administration released the following information about our company’s engagement with the STEP Grant. We thought you might like to see it, too.

For Immediate Release


Jim Provo

302-573-6294, ext. 227

SBA Helps Delaware Business Take a STEP to Greater Exports

Analtech and 19 Other Local Businesses Visit China and Brazil 

Wilmington, DE – Everyone agrees that U.S. companies should export more of their goods and services to other countries. After all, 90% of the world’s spending occurs outside the United States. Delaware is taking action to help small businesses in the state do exactly that. Fifteen Delaware businesses recently visited China and another five visited Brazil to start or improve their exporting to those countries. This trip was funded in large part by a $246,000 State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and coordinated with help from the State of Delaware’s International Trade and Development Group (ITG).

The STEP program is a 3-year pilot trade and export initiative authorized by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. Funded by federal grants and matching funds from the states, the STEP Program is designed to help increase the number of small businesses that are exporting and to raise the value of exports for those small businesses that are currently exporting.STEP Grant China group resized 600

Analtech Inc. of Newark was one of these businesses. Analtech, Inc. started manufacturing Thin Layer Chromatography Plates in 1961 and began selling products internationally in the mid-1990s. While they have more than 60 distributors around the world, they have had a difficult time finding a distributor in China through phone calls and e-mails alone. But, since the trip in May they have made more progress in gaining access to Chinese markets than in the previous 15 years. It is clear that nothing compares to face-to-face meetings when it comes to establishing business relationships.

Prior to setting foot on Chinese soil, much work was done by the ITG, SBA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, World Trade Center Delaware, and several other groups and organizations to help plan this event. That preparation helped make the trip an effective and efficient endeavor.

“Once in China, at each meeting, we found ourselves speaking directly with people who either were great potential customers or distributors – or who could offer us useful and practical information to help us connect and grow our exports. We were able to establish (with the help and guidance of our translator) new social media channels on Weibo and Youku to better communicate with individuals, businesses, universities, and government officials in China,” said Ken Grant, Sales and marketing Director of Analtech Inc.

Steven Miles, General Manager, Analtech Inc. remarked, “This trip is considered a success by our company and a significant step forward in our ongoing attempts to engage with the Chinese marketplace. Upon our return to the U.S., we set up a page on our web site specifically for visitors from China where they can access our videos (YouTube is blocked in China, we now have videos available through Chinese Youku) and learn more about our company. We are continuing conversations with potential distributors and customers in China and look forward to long and fruitful relationships with our new friends,” Other Delaware small businesses participating in the program report similar positive results.

Each state submits a grant request to the SBA to request funding for the STEP program, and each state can define how the money will be used. Delaware chose to focus on exports to China and Brazil. John Pastor, the Director of the ITG in Delaware stated, “The program was well thought out and allows each State to provide focused assistance to eligible small businesses. Small businesses have limited resources and generally require advice, information and hand-holding when entering or expanding in international markets. The STEP program is excellent use of money that provides the funding to directly assist the small business to enter new export markets and increase their export business volume.”

Through the STEP grants, SBA awarded approximately $30,000,000, supporting approximately $43,400,000 of total projects costs. SBA is authorized to grant up to $30 million to States each year under the program. The STEP grants can help provide many possible support mechanisms for small businesses such as:

  • participation in foreign trade missions and foreign market sales trips
  • subscription to services by the Department of Commerce;
  • website translation fees;
  • design of international marketing media;
  • trade show exhibitions;
  • participation in training workshops; and
  • other export initiatives determined to be appropriate by the SBA.

“While it will take a little more time to see an actual increase in exports from these trips, the foundation has been laid in the form of relationships, partnerships, and open lines of communication to build our exports in the coming years,” said Tony Leta, district director of the Delaware SBA office. And that is a STEP in the right direction.

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The SBA’s mission is to maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by providing loan guarantees through private sector lenders to help qualified small businesses secure financing on reasonable terms. SBA offers counseling and training through its resource partners: the Small Business Technology and Development Center, SCORE, and YWCA Delaware Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship. SBA also provides assistance with contracting, surety bonding, and disaster recovery. For more information call 302-573-6294 or go to

Collection of Thin Layer Chromatography Videos

There are a number of videos available that demonstrate thin layer chromatography – we figured it might be helpful to put some of these here as an easy reference.

NOTE: we were not involved with the production of any of these videos, we want to make sure you give credit where credit is due – so we’ve included any information we can from the individuals and organizations responsible for these productions. Also, these videos are offered in no particular order.

Please feel free to send along any videos to add to the collection.

1. O-Chem Thin Layer Chromatography with Dr. John Davison at Irvine Valley College, in Irvine, Ca. (Part 6 of 7) of the IVC Chemistry Lab Safety Series. 

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 3. Thin Layer Chromatography 
Demonstrated by Mark Niemczyk, PhD

4. Spartan calculated molecule structures and Blender 3D rendered animation

5. Thin-layer Chromatography is used to separate the components of a drug mixture by polarity on a thin plate.

Highlights from China

From May 6 through May 12, we joined with a delegation from Delaware to tour China and meet with a variety of businesses, universities, and scientists. This was a truly amazing trip and we are grateful to the team from Delaware who put this together and our gracious hosts in China who made sure we got to experience as much as we could in such a short period of time!

Here’s a brief look at this incredible week:

Highlights video from India

Our first trip to India was truly incredible!

We were honored to meet so many great people from a wide variety of organizations committed to helping grow and connect businesses in the chemical, bio, and IT worlds.

Here’s a brief look at some of the highlights from our visit:

Connections in Hangzhou – the Zhejing-Delaware SME Partnership Symposium

Wednesday was centered around a symposium set up to connect Delaware businesses with businesses in the Hangzhou area.

The conference and meetings were great, and we’re looking forward to following up with all of the companies we were fortunate to meet with.

Unfortunately, this was also the day our translators from the University of Ningbo had to return to their school – so we’ll be finishing the trip without them.

Here’s a look at the latest round of photos from Hangzhou:

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