For more than 35 years Axel Semrau GmbH & Co. KG has experience in the distribution and development of system solutions for chromatography and mass spectrometry. One focus is the efficient automation of complex workflows in the laboratory. Sample preparation and analysis techniques of GC-MS and LC-MS are integrated into one workstation. In order to realize this, we develop our own hardware and software. This enables in particular a time efficient design of the workflows. Therefore the basis of automation, the self-developed control software CHRONOS, was named after the god of time. The automation solutions are sold under the brand name CHRONECT. This consists of the name of the software and the English term "to connect" with each other.
In 2019, as an OEM dealer, we have taken over the worldwide support of the resellers of the Dutch manufacturer Spark Holland BV. Complete solutions are also created in this area. CHRONECT Symbiosis couples automatic sample preparation with effective online SPE, for example to enable the analysis of glyphosate in food. The own solutions are distributed by dealers all over the world.
Sales is another core competence of the company, because it all started primarily with sales and service support of laboratory equipment. Highest quality and comprehensive support are in the focus. For a long time, this service and high-quality laboratory equipment, such as the flash chromatographs and syringe pumps from Teledyne ISCO, have formed the basis for customer-oriented action.
The devices and solutions are used in research and development, quality control and analysis. Especially in the field of food analysis we are known for innovative and reliable solutions. However, there are also applications for water and environmental analysis or the pharmaceutical sector.
In the 1990s and 2000s, the company grew especially with the ODOR business unit. Here, energy suppliers in the gas industry are supported with services and own products for natural gas analysis and odorization control.
The employees behind the technology are decisive for our success. They drive forward product developments and applications so that solutions to the problems of everyday laboratory life can be found. In order to be able to provide customers with reliable and personal support even in times of change, over 50 employees are currently working in the areas of research and application development, technology and customer service, sales and marketing, administration and logistics. The team consists mainly of employees with scientific knowledge in chemistry, biology, IT and economics. Before company founder Axel Semrau retired from day-to-day business in 2010, he prepared the smooth handover to his successors. The current managing directors, Dr. Andreas Bruchmann and Frank Sasse, follow this example. Young colleagues, who learn from the „old hands“but also bring in a fresh wind, increasingly supplement the team. Five apprentices are learning in the IT and commercial areas. Individual development opportunities for employees prevent the lack of skilled workers and help the next generation to prepare for their tasks. In this way, the company can be led safely into the future and drive forward the development of innovative analysis methods.
The company has been a certified training company by the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce since 2004 and has been certified according to DIN ISO 9001 since 2008.