About Us - Hill Laboratories

A Brief History of Hill Laboratories

R J Hill Laboratories Ltd is a 100% privately owned New Zealand company, also known by the trading name Hill Laboratories, or as many of our long term customers refer to us, “Hill Labs”. From small beginnings back in the early 80’s, Hill Laboratories has grown into the largest independent analytical laboratory in New Zealand. We service a large number and range of clients – everyone from internationally recognised global corporations to private individuals - from across New Zealand and all around the world.

Key milestones

1984


Hill Laboratories established in Von Tempsky St in Hamilton, in the North Island of New Zealand to provide a range of agricultural based analyses for soils, plants and waters

1986


Environmental testing begins

1987


Because of growth, also occupied the adjoining premises in Von Tempsky Street

1988

Achieved TELARC certification, one of the first laboratories to achieve this

1990

Moved to larger Te Aroha Street site in Claudelands, Hamilton

1991


Resource Management Act comes into effect in New Zealand resulting in a big increase in environmental testing

1993


Expansion of Te Aroha Street site to include nearby site for organics testing



First Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) instrument purchased

1995

Purchased an agricultural testing laboratory in Cambridge, Analytical Services LTD

1996


Hill Laboratories move into a 2400m2 four storey building at 1 Clyde Street in Hamilton East beside the Waikato river


1997

TELARC accreditation becomes IANZ against the New Zealand Code of Laboratory Management Practice

1998


Pesticide residue analyses developed to meet requirements for apple export testing

1999

IANZ changed further to the internationally recognised IANZ accreditation against ISO 17025

2000


Food & Bioanalytical division established

2004


Hill Laboratories became a sponsor of the Harvest Award as part of Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEAs)



Air Quality testing laboratory set up at Te Aroha Street site

2005


Microbiological Lab set up in Christchurch with the purchase of Envirolink to give Hill Laboratories a base in the South Island of New Zealand

2006


The Food & Bioanalytical division moves to the Waikato Innovation Park on the outskirts of Hamilton

2007


Hill Laboratories opens an office in Japan to facilitate the management and transportation of samples

2008


Hill Laboratories South Island operations in Christchurch shift to their current, larger premises in the suburb of Hornby

2010


New custom built lab acquired in Melville, Hamilton for research and development work



Hill Laboratories wins a Deloitte Fast 50 award for fastest growing mature business in the Central North Island region and takes out the Westpac Business of the Year Supreme Award at the Waikato Business excellence awards

2011

Introduction of Canister Sampling Service for air quality testing

2012


Laboratory opened in Blenheim at the top of the South Island
2013

Drug testing introduced
2014

Asbestos testing introduced at Christchurch Lab


2016


Auckland Lab opened

2017


Food microbiology testing now available in Hamilton