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EU approves Durham University Spin-Out Company’s airport liquid scanners

(1 September 2010)

The new technology could mean the end of the liquid ban

A Sedgefield-based company has received official EU approval allowing its liquid scanner machines to be used in all European airports.

A Durham University spin-out company based in Sedgefield has received official EU approval allowing its liquid scanner machines to be used in all European airports.  The scanners can tell the difference between water and liquid explosives. The Sedgefield-based company has attracted worldwide interest by developing a scanner that can be used in airports to detect explosives or narcotics in bottles without opening them- bringing its valuation to more than £50M.  It is thought the development by County Durham company Kromek could mean the end of the liquid ban for passengers at airports by 2013.


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