Bases in Coventry, MetPrep Ltd began in 1993, quickly establishing itself as high quality provider of materials preparation and inspection hardware, consumables and expertise. Our business philosophy is focussed on providing a no nonsense, straight forward approach in a timely manner from our experienced & dedicated staff. We manufacture our MetPrep brand of materials preparation consumables which we hold in large volume at our Coventry warehouse in order to ensure rapid delivery. Our principle business partners include:-

  • ZEISS – microscopy & imaging
  • Verder Scientific (ATM & QATM) – materials preparation and hardness testing
  • SciAps – XRF & LIBS spectrometers
MetPrep believe it is crucial to allow customers to have hands on availability for all of our products, which we provide at our extensively equipped demonstration facility. This allows customers to quickly see and chose appropriate instrumentation as well as providing our staff all necessary resources to work alongside customers to develop preparation and inspection methods both quickly and effectively. Our qualified and experienced staff include specialists in the fields of material analysis & preparation and analytical microscopy & spectroscopy. We have regionally based sales people, backed up by specialists for specific applications to ensure we can promptly react but with the necessary attention to detail demanded across a wide range of markets and applications.

ZEISS and Metprep Ltd have now been working together for 3 years to expand the Material Science and Industrial sectors. Metprep Ltd supply the full range of light microscope solutions for these sectors and cover the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland. 

Demonstration Equipment:

A range of Axiocams
Stemi 305
Stemi 508
SteREO Discovery V12
SteREO Discovery V20
Inverted microscope:
Axiovert A1

Upright microscopes:
Primotech POL
Primotech MAT
Axiolab 5
Axioscope 7 – automated
AxioImager A2m
AxioImager Z2m – fully automated
Visioner 1
Smartzoom 5
LSM 900 MAT Laser Scanning Confocal


Jon Woolls - Specials Product Delivery Manager / James Parker - Senior Design Engineer, Renishaw plc, Spectroscopy Products Division

“We have worked with Matthew Harbin for over 20 years; his knowledge, experience, and ability to propose and develop solutions for our varied microscopy needs has always been invaluable. He and the team at Metprep could not have done more to help during our recent microscope selection process, providing loan equipment, customised product, access to the ZEISS OEM team, and quickly responding to all of our many technical requests.”

Professor Vasileios Koutsos - Deputy Head of Research, School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh

“Metprep have been instrumental in guiding us to select an appropriate high-quality microscope and accessories for our diverse applications and specific requirements. They delivered the system in time and installed the system and accessories competently. They have continued to support us hands-on with advice and visits when required. This continuing support and personal contact is invaluable and very much appreciated.”

Lucia Burgio - Senior Scientist at the Victoria and Albert Museum

“The Science lab at the V&A has recently acquired a ZEISS Axio Imager M2m which is being used for the analysis of samples from museum objects. During the procurement stage, Matthew Harbin of ZEISS partner MetPrep Ltd stood out for the competence and professionalism of their national product manager. Matthew’s advice was crucial during the selection of the best possible imaging solution for the V&A. We look forward to the next few years of intensive usage of the new microscope, which is already generating beautiful and informative images of our samples and providing us with crucial information about our precious objects.”

Lindsey Axe - Senior Research Technician, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University

“Matthew Harbin of Metprep is an invaluable microscopy aide/mentor to the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He has supplied all the microscope and imaging equipment in our research lab and also many of our teaching microscopes and has provided ongoing advice, support and servicing requirements for the last 22 years. In our research microscopy and imaging lab, we have a diverse range of microscopes including high resolution biological microscopes for imaging microfossils, stereomicroscopes for imaging fossils/rocks and petrological microscopes for imaging thin sections and polished blocks. Matthew has such extensive knowledge of all microscopy and imaging techniques and it is so reassuring to be able to contact him for help and advice and to keep us up to date on all of these topics.”

Professor Dianne Edwards. MA, PhD, ScD(Cantab) CBE FRS FRSE FLS FLSW - Research Professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University.

Professor Dianne Edwards said “the thing that impressed her was the knowledge you had of all things microscopy, even going back to her old stereos and being able to repair them for her.”

Meet the Team:

Matthew Harbin - National Product Manager – Imaging

Matthew originally trained in Mechanical Engineer and worked for 11 years in the sale & customisation of analytical instrumentation including X-ray diffraction, FTIR, UV-VIS, atomic absorption, GC Mass spec and cryogenics. Matthew now has 22 years’ experience in microscopy instrumentation and sales, including 18 years working for leading microscope manufacturer as regional sales manager, OEM manager & advanced imaging & custom solution specialist. Matthew has worked for Metprep for 4 years.

Simon Baylis – Microscopy Imaging Specialist

Simon graduated from Heriot Watt University with a degree in Chemistry which led to roles within large scale batch production of chemicals, pharmaceutical manufacturing and chemical waste treatment before joining a global diagnostics company in antibody and detection system production. Simon now has 16 years’ experience in laboratory instrumentation, including 6 years in microscopy sales and servicing at a leading manufacturer before moving to MetPrep Ltd in January 2020 as an Imaging Specialist covering the UK as part of an expanding microscopy and metallurgical preparation team.


Metprep Limited
1 Falklands Close,
Charter Ave,
Phone: 024 7642 1222
Email: ima ging @metprep .co .uk