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SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of Assayers Canada (commonly known as Mineral Environments Laboratories Ltd.) in Vancouver, Canada.

Assayers Canada has provided the highest level of service to the international mining community since 1971. It performs a full range of geochemistry services including sample preparation, fire assay, pulp metallics, environmental analysis, ICP-AES and ICP-MS, cyanide leach, aqua regia leach and ore assays. Assayers Canada holds Certificates of Laboratory Proficiency from the Standards Council of Canada for precious and base metals analysis as well as ISO 9001:2008.

Privately owned, Assayers Canada employs 14 permanent staff and reported revenue of about $2 million CAD for 2009.

"This acquisition allows SGS to strengthen its geochemical analysis expertise adding to the existing exploration, metallurgical, mineralogy and water treatment services that SGS offers to its clients on Canada's west coast" commented Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS.

SGS also provides comprehensive trade services in Vancouver for hard rock minerals, potash/sulphur and coal.

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 59'000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1'000 offices and laboratories around the world.

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 95 93
f: (+41-22) 739 98 61