SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of the activities Auto Contrôle Evaluation Services (ACE). Based in Bonneuil sur Marne, close to Paris, ACE is a recognized specialist in off-lease and non-statutory vehicle inspections. Founded in 1992 and privately owned, ACE operates with country wide network of highly trained experts performing vehicle inspections throughout France. ACE generated revenues in excess of Euro 600,000 in 2010.

"SGS is the leader in the French statutory vehicle inspection business. This acquisition enables us to position ourselves in other areas such as off-lease inspection and damage surveying and creates the base for further business development" commented 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 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.