Cambridge Reactor Design was founded in 1989

Our History

Cambridge Reactor Design was founded in 1989 by
Bashir Harji, who is still the managing director and driving
force behind the company.

Initially CRD provided customised engineering projects to chemistry and chemical engineering laboratories at Cambridge University, expanding its service to other UK universities, then to UK and European companies. Today CRD is fully established as a customised engineering and automation solutions provider to the chemistry sector, with a global customer base.


Over the last 20 years, Cambridge Reactor Design has successfully delivered over 600 bespoke projects. Building on this unrivalled track record of providing solutions, we now offer a number of 'off the shelf' products, designed and constructed to our usual exceptional standards. With this product range we hope to bring the benefits that come from saving time, money and hassle to an even wider range of chemistry labs!




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"I have worked with CRD over many years and have consistently found that both the innovation and quality of the their work has been exceptional. They have carried out for us both complete design and build projects and also smaller specific high precision engineering component manufacture and in all cases they have delivered a high quality product."
Professor Malcolm Mackley from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology University of Cambridge