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of The Colour Laboratory, Milford, Salisbury, Wilts. Telephone: Salisbury 2837 Cables: "Tintometer, Salisbury"

1885 The Tintometer Limited was founded by Joseph Williams Lovibond, the son of a prominent brewery owner in Greenwich, London.

J. W. Lovibond developed the world's first practical colorimeter as a means of ensuring the high quality of his beer.

1918 By the time of his death in 1918, he had established himself as a pioneer in the field of colour science and his company, The Tintometer Limited, was already known throughout the world for its range of instrumentation and expertise in the field of colorimetry.

The company continued to grow in strength and as advances were made both in colour science research and in instrument development Lovibond® standards became specific for many products worldwide.

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Colour-measuring instruments. "Lovibond" permanent glass colour standards. "Lovibond" Tintometer, with conversion to C.I.E. values. "Lovibond" Comparators, with interchangeable colour standards, for medical and industrial laboratories. Fused optical glass cells. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. A.) [1]

The Tintometer Limited continues as a leader in its field. Represented in over eighty countries, products are manufactured and exported globally via a well-established distributor network.

In 2005, a major investment was made in new UK headquarters in Amesbury, Wiltshire, with purpose built premises housing spacious offices, efficient warehousing facilities and providing direct access to London.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] The Tintometer Website