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SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of the chemical characterization business and its assets, formerly run by the LGC Group. The laboratory is well-equipped in the areas of inorganic analysis, spectroscopy and thermal analysis for fuels, polymers and catalysts. With a team of 8 highly specialized members and serving mainly the Oil, Gas and Chemical industry, the laboratory generated revenues in excess of £750K in 2010.

In the fall of 2010, SGS UK embarked on an important extension and upgrade to its existing lab facilities in Ellesmere Port and the business will move to the SGS facilities in early 2011. "The combination of these two investments will greatly enhance and broaden our services to our customers in the UK and Europe," commented Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS.

For further information, please contact:

Jean-Luc de Buman
Corporate Development,
Communications & IR
SGS SA
1 place des Alpes
CH - 1211 Geneva 1
t: (+41-22) 739 95 93
f: (+41-22) 739 98 61

About SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognised as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 59,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.