About Us

T.E. Laboratories (TelLab) was founded by CEO Mark Bowkett in 1991.  Through a series of acquisitions and organic growth, today it has become a multi-divisional SME, driven by a passion for chemistry and innovation.

Our customers include many of the world’s largest life science and technology companies, alongside Ireland’s major utilities, transport operators, environmental regulators and local authorities.

Everything we do is backed up with rigorous quality control, supported by our ISO 9001:2015  status. In addition, our environmental laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited by INAB (the Irish National Accreditation Board).

Our divisions include

Our 40,000 s-ft state-of-the-art facilities, based in Tullow, Co Carlow, house four laboratories and a dedicated 11,000 s-ft R&D centre, staffed by an expert, multi-disciplinary team.

We currently employ over 50 people, the majority of whom are chemists, engineers or full-time researchers.

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Our divisions include

Chemical manufacture

We have decades of experience making chemicals, reagents and standards for life science and high-tech multinationals, alongside local industry and Government agencies. We have over 3,000 chemicals listed in our brochure, while an additional third of our products are produced on a bespoke basis to meet the precise requirements of our customers.

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Oil analysis 

TelLab is Ireland’s only specialised, accredited oil analysis laboratory. We carry out lubrication and transformer oil analysis as a tool in preventative maintenance and asset management for Ireland’s leading power generators, large-scale fleet operators and many manufacturing companies.

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Fuel analysis

TelLab produces fuel marker dye, mandated by Customs and Excise in Ireland and the equivalent authority in the UK, to combat the illegal washing of diesel and stretching of petrol with kerosene. We have developed Fuelmonitrix as a DIY test kit, enabling users to determine if their fuel has been washed or stretched within minutes. In addition, microbiology lab tests for microbial contamination in fuel storage systems.

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Environmental analysis

Our INAB ISO 17025 accredited environmental laboratory analyses wastewater, ground water and surface water for local authorities, state regulators and industry. In addition, we test drinking water for householders, businesses and local authorities.

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Research and new product development

In 2011, we established the Trend Institute as an inhouse research division to develop new technology and provide contract research services for companies. Since then, our researchers have co-ordinated and/or partnered in no less than 12 EU-funded collaborative projects. As a result, we are now bringing some innovative and game-changing water monitoring solutions to the market.

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Training and events

Through our experience in environmental and oil analysis, we have developed a number of training courses, which we provide to participants from industry and the State sector. We have also developed Reliability Ireland and Reliability UK as leading conferences for maintenance, reliability and asset management professionals in Ireland and the UK.

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