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SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of Search Group, a leading engineering and sustainability advisory group, laboratory and training institute in the Netherlands. Search Group offers asbestos management and engineering services for construction, sustainability, safety, energy, soil and environment. Clients include public authorities, real estate owners, general contractors and energy companies.

A privately owned company founded in 1994, Search Group today operates in 4 locations including Heeswijk, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Groningen, and employs about 280 people generating revenues of EUR 24.4 million in 2013.

“In its 20 years of existence, Search Group has grown into one of the healthiest companies in its domain, and has an extraordinary DNA. I am very pleased with this acquisition that will give us a leading position in asbestos research and management in the Netherlands, and will reinforce our position in the promising sustainability market” said Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS.

For further information, please contact:

Jean-Luc de Buman
Corporate Development,
Communications & IR
1 place des Alpes
CH - 1211 Geneva 1
t: +41-22 739 91 11
f: +41-22 739 92 00


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