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SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of Chemisches Laboratorrium Dr. Merten GmbH, based in Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany.

Founded in 1960, Lab Merten specializes in food and beverage testing, analysis and support to customers in the retail market and supply chain. Lab Merten currently employs 37 employees. This year's revenue is expected to exceed Euro 3.5 million.

In addition to new product testing opportunities and customers, SGS now has a strong leadership team and food lab facility in Southern Germany from which to grow its food and consumer product business.

For further information, please contact:

Jean-Luc de Buman
Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
SGS SA, 1 place des Alpes, CH - 1211 Geneva 1
t: (+41-22) 739 91 11
f: (+41-22) 739 98 61

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