On the 3rd September 2009, the Minister of Transport for Albania signed and awarded the 10-year Vehicle Inspection Service contract to SGS SA. This contract was awarded following a competitive tender process and will see the continued operation of the existing 14 Test Centres in Albania along with the construction of a new 6 lane Test Centre in Tirana.

This contract will see the upgrading of all existing equipment in each of the 14 Test Centres to bring them in line with European Testing Standards. All existing staff will transfer over to the new contract in November where they will be trained on new testing equipment and procedures. The inspection equipment used by SGS in Albania will be computer controlled and highly automated to ensure maximum test security and accuracy.

It is anticipated that SGS Albania will inspect a total of 250K vehicles in the first year of testing where all private vehicles are inspected once a year with public vehicles undergoing the inspection twice a year.

For more information, please contact:

Sinead McKeon

SGS Ireland Limited
t : 00353 1 2950654
f: 00353 1 2950816
Website: www.ie.sgs.com

About SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 56,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.