In 1982 Willem (Wim) Smink and Ger de Pee started “Smink and de Pee Analytical Requirements Klijndijk” or SPARK Holland. This event was caused by the bankruptcy of Kipp Analytica in 1982, where Wim and Ger were Sales & Marketing manager and R&D manager respectively. Kipp Analytica was established in 1977 in Emmen by Kipp & Zonen and Enraf Nonius (now Delft Instruments) to develop systems for GC and HPLC. Kipp had just completed the development of an advanced automated gradient LC-UV system, when investors decided to stop funding the company. Wim, who was already working on serious sales opportunities in the HPLC market, decided to invest in a start up and asked Ger to join.
Starting in Wim’s garage, the company has since then evolved into a world-class provider of innovative sample introduction, extraction and separation technology for analytical systems such as HPLC, MS, GC and NMR. Our installed base of OEM autosamplers exceeded the 30,000 mark in 2016, while more than 1,400 automated online SPE systems are now operational around the globe.