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Last update 8 July 2023

Description of economic activities

Manufacture of instruments and appliances for measuring, testing and navigation (NACE2 2651)

This is a laboratory analytical instrument manufacturer and software developer headquartered in Milford, Massachusetts, USA. The company has manufacturing facilities located at Milford and Taunton in Massachusetts, as well as in Wexford, Ireland; Manchester, United Kingdom; and Singapore.It operates in two business segments: Waters Division and TA Division (TA). Via Waters Division, it designs, manufactures, sells and services high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) - referred to as liquid chromatography (LC), and mass spectrometry (MS) instrument systems and support products, which include chromatography columns and other consumable products. Through TA, the company designs, develops, sells and services thermal analysis and rheometry instruments. In addition, Waters develops and supplies software-based products that interface with the instruments of the company as well as other instrument manufacturers. The company's major product brands include: ACQUITY UPLC Systems, Synapt High Definition MS System, XTerra HPLC Columns, XBridge Columns, Alliance HPLC Systems, Empower Chromatography and MassLynx Mass Spectrometry Software, Oasis Sample Preparation Products, Premier Mass Spectrometry Systems and Alliance HPLC Systems.What began as an office in the basement of a police station in Framingham, Massachusetts has evolved into a USD 1.1 billion corporation serving tens of thousands of scientists across the globe. The history of the company goes back to 1958 when it was founded by James (Jim) Logan Waters, an industry pioneer and entrepreneur. With an aptitude for math and science, Jim enrolled in the V-12 Navy College Training Program (an officer training program) and graduated from Columbia University as an ensign with a B.S. degree in Physics in 1946. Having grown up in a family of successful businessmen, Jim strove to make his own way. After stints as a university math teacher, naval officer, project engineer, and entrepreneur, Jim formed Waters Associates in 1958. His plan was to build instruments. The fledgling firm's first offices were in the rented basement of a police station in Framingham, Massachusetts.Since 1958, it has been in the business of making innovative analytical instruments that assist scientists in reaching their scientific goals, increase productivity, and earn laboratory-based organizations a higher return on their investments in research, development, and quality control. Approaching nearly 50 years in business, it has grown into one of the largest companies in the analytical instruments industry, supporting scientists working in approximately 100,000 laboratories spread throughout the world. With a hard-earned reputation for applications expertise and post-sales support, it stands out among its peers and, year after year, is one of the best-performing companies in its industry.

  • United States of America (US)
  • Company type: Corporate
  • Parent company: N/A
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Dr. Flemming Ornskov
  • CEO Total remuneration: 523.758,924
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  • ILO C029 - Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29):
  • ILO C087 - Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87):
  • ILO C098 - Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98):
  • ILO C100 - Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 (No. 100):
  • ILO C105 - Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105):
  • ILO C111 - Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111):
  • ILO C138 - Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138):
  • ILO C182 - Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182):

Directives applied in the company offices in EU 27

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