Tropical Marine Centre has reached a milestone this week as it manufactured its 30,000th commercial Ultra Violet Steriliser. The British company has been hand-building UV sterilizers for 38 of its 50-year history. Best of all is that the head of the commercial UV production team, Mark Littlechild, has been building them at the firm’s Chorleywood facility the entire time, and has kept handwritten records of every single one!
Many well-known names are included in the log books including early adopters such as US wholesaler Quality Marine, UK retailers Home Marine, Lynwood Aquatics, The Goldfish Bowl, and Shirley Aquatics, all of which are still trading 38 years later. TMC’s commercial sterilizers are used by retailers, wholesalers, hatcheries, fisheries, and public aquaria all across the globe, but a few non-aquatic companies show up in the records too including computer hardware company Hewlett Packard and artist Damien Hirst who installed one on his work Lost Love, in 2000.
“It is a privilege to be at the center of this industry for so many years and a testament to the quality of products that this team produces,” said Tropical Marine Centre’s CEO Brian Schaff. “Over the coming weeks, we will be celebrating those early customers who are still there supporting us and the hobby that we all love so much.”
In recent years TMC’s commercial UV sterilizers have seen a performance boost with the inclusion of Titan Technology – a photocatalytic lining that creates an oxidizing effect on organics in the water, as well as significantly increasing lifespan and efficiency, according to its makers. Don’t think that’s the total number of UVs they’ve ever produced either, as it’s dwarfed by the number of TMC’s home aquarium UV sterilizers and garden pond UV clarifiers that have waged war on disease pathogens and unicellular algae in water for the past four decades.