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About West Technology /

Formed in 1993 as a specialist vacuum engineering company to provide custom made medium and high vacuum systems, the company rapidly developed its business and within a few years had established an unrivalled reputation for innovative design and manufacture of a broad range of custom vacuum systems.

The demand for these systems came from a wide range of industrial and academic customers, including many blue chip companies and world-leading universities.

In 1996, West Technology was invited by a leading establishment for forensic research and development to take a fresh look at the Vacuum Metal Deposition (VMD®) technique, in light of new process developments and an outdated range of aging systems that could not meet the demands of the modern forensic laboratory. This led to the introduction in 1998 of our VMD900 system. This system quickly became the standard system throughout the UK and established West Technology in the forensic market.

Our continued commitment to improve our VMD® systems; with the goal of making this powerful process more accessible to police forces and forensic laboratories around the world; has led to many product innovations. We launched the compact VMD560 in 2009 followed by the world’s first ever bench top system – the VMD360 – in 2014. Our VMD1260 with the largest chamber volume of all – suitable for processing shotguns – was first used in a live case in 2017.  The world’s first portable VMD® system – the VMD160 was introduced most recently, in 2023.

Our VMD® range

West Technology is committed to using our specialist knowledge of vacuum technology and our passion for vacuum engineering to create new, exciting products for use by forensic providers.

West Technology is an ISO 9001:2015 accredited company.

ISO 9001-2015 QA Certificate 2024-2025

West Technology is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of Vacuum Metal Deposition systems