K Alexander Stewart
Alex Stewart International Corporation Ltd.
United States of America
Mr K. Alex Stewart founded the Alex Stewart International organization in 1978 after first gaining extensive experience in all aspects of sampling and assaying. Advancing from basic laboratory duties, Alex Stewart went on to gain a First Class Honours degree in chemistry and become an Associate and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chemistry. Alex Stewart has more than 64 years of experience in the metal business. Alex Stewart was at the vanguard of developing modern assaying techniques and undertook research works in Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy as a new analytical method, especially for the determination of gold and silver. While working at Alfred H. Knight, he introduced the company to the full Platinum Group Analysis associated with both Atomic Absorption and Fire Assay techniques. In 1967 Alex Stewart became a Director of Alfred H. Knight and was largely responsible for the worldwide expansion of the company during the next decade. In 1977 he started his own companies Alex Stewart Assayers Ltd and AS Metallurgy Liverpool Ltd and built up a highly successful inspection and laboratory business in Knowsley, Liverpool. He continued putting his knowledge of the metal business, managerial and people skills toward building up the network of other Alex Stewart companies to become one of the leading independent inspection and metal assayers in the world, acknowledged and accredited by reputable and well known metal institutions such as IPMI, LME, BIR and LBMA. In 2004, Alex Stewart Agriculture was merged by acquiring the A. Norman Tate and Huson and Hardwick Laboratories to provide GAFTA, FOSFA and UKAS accredited analysis for soft commodities such as grains, oilseeds, oils and fats to traders, millers, refiners and farmers mainly in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, Thailand, UK and the Ukraine. In 2010, AS International’s specialist metal laboratory became the newest partner to provide inspection and analytical services to the metal industry and became the business hub of the Alex Stewart International network of inspection offices. In 2013, Alex Stewart expanded its metallurgical, inspection and analytical services with the incorporation of a new metals laboratory located in Sefton Business Park, Liverpool, England, and from August 2016, trades as AS International Corporation Ltd Alex Stewart is a lifelong supporter of Liverpool Football Club and has proudly witnessed the club win an almost unparalleled 56 major trophies.