Martin Lane

January 01, 2020

We invite you all backstage and introduce the people behind our microplate readers. Today: Get to know Martin from our UK subsidiary. A Service Manager with a passion for restoring old jukeboxes, Martin has been with us since 2003.

Hi, I’m Martin. I’m the Service Manager at BMG LABTECH UK and I live just outside London, in Buckinghamshire. When I was at school, electronics started to become a little bit of a hobby, so I wanted to do something with it. But when it came to actually leaving school, my first choice was completely different. I wanted to be a navigation officer in the merchant navy!

Eventually, when I was sixteen years old, I ended up doing a five-year engineering apprenticeship in electronics in the Royal Navy. After nine and a half years, I left and I’ve been in the analytical instrument service industry ever since ….over thirty years now!

My background is in radio and electrical engineering. In fact, prior to joining BMG LABTECH, sixteen years ago, I actually ran my own business, restoring 1950s to 1960s jukeboxes. The old type of jukeboxes like Wurlitzers, Seeburgs, AMIs etc.

I joined BMG LABTECH UK in 2003. My job offers a lot of different activities from supporting engineers and customers, to looking after the facilities here at BMG LABTECH UK.

I.T. is also on my list, so basically lots of different jobs!

Actually, if I could re-write my own job title, it would probably be “Facilities, IT and Technical Service Manager”.

What’s your favourite memorable moment from work?

I would say when I was working over in Ortenberg, Germany in our headquarters. It was summer and the sun was streaming in through the window. I was looking at the hill opposite at the castle at the top and thinking “This is just fantastic!”. At that point my boss phoned me from England and I reacted a bit like a footballer, asking, “What is the transfer fee for me to stay here in Germany?“

What do you like most about BMG LABTECH?

It’s just a fantastic place to work! With all of my colleagues around the world, we are just like an extended family. No two days are the same. I never get tired of the job and there are always challenges. I come to work and then I might look at the clock and the next thing I know it’s almost time to go home. That just tells you how quickly the day goes!

Which individual, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

I suppose more recently Ben Fogle. He’s an English television presenter and adventurer and has recently been meeting interesting people around the world. People that live on their own in remote locations around the world. The series is on TV and I think that to spend dinner chatting to him would be extremely interesting.  He’s got so many different tales to tell, and I’m a good listener.