Norton Scientific signs up Shoko America for US West Coast sales

Norton Scientific continues to increase US market penetration by now covering the entire US West Coast with one key distributor.  The Company has signed a distribution agreement with Shoko America Inc of Torrance, CA.  The parent company, Shoko Scientific of Japan, earlier signed on to distribute Norton products in Japan.  Shoko is a great fit as they are involved with many scientific instruments including analytical products, chemical synthesis related products, purification and separation products and sample preparation equipments for liquid chromatography.  They are a distributor for Wyatt Technologies where the PAM Zero can act as a quick and cost effective screening tool.  Bryan Webb, President of Norton said “We are very pleased to add a great company such as Shoko America to our expanding Norton sales channels in the USA.  With their leverage into the West Coast markets, we expect great things from this relationship and continue to build a comprehensive sales presence in the USA”.

Norton, based in Thorold, ON, is a leader in the development of innovative measurement tools to advance biotech and pharmaceutical research, unveiled the highly anticipated PAM Zero at PITTCON/Atlanta 2011 earlier this year.  The PAM Zero is targeted at laboratories and universities around the world.  As of June 3, 2011, Norton is traded on the Frankfurt Borse (http://www.boerse-frankfurt.de/EN/index.aspx?pageID=35_ISIN=CA66869Q1037) under the symbol NT3.

Norton’s compact hand-held unit, a protein aggregation monitor, was developed to study how proteins aggregate in solution.  Norton’s strategy is to develop simple-to-use products that can be used by technicians, rather than analysts, and incorporated into laboratories own process control systems.  Over the next few years, Norton is expecting to successfully introduce and commercialize a novel microfluidic-based analytical instrumentation line used in the expanding niche of macromolecular molar mass distributions and nano-particle sizing applications.

The Company’s new measurement systems will be used in a wide range of markets from healthcare, biomaterials and green industries to viticulture, including brewing.