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SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of Sertec S.r.l., one of the largest Health & Safety (H&S) service providers in Italy. Sertec is primarily focused on H&S statutory services and training in chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and mechanical industries. These services include food analysis, calibration and consultancy services in environmental and goods manufacturing practice (GMP) for the chemicals and pharmaceutical industries.

Founded in 1995, based in Livorno and privately owned, Sertec runs a state of the art laboratory, staffed by a young team of 85 highly specialized professionals and generated nearly Euro 7 mio in revenue in 2010. This new acquisition gives SGS access into the highly regulated H&S Italian market, strengthens SGS Industrial Services and expands its service offerings in Oil, Gas and Chemicals, as well as in Life Science Services.

"With 700 employees, Italy is a key market for us," commented Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS. "I am pleased to grow our foot print in this market and extend delivery to our Italian customers"

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 more than 64,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.