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SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of Metlab (Pty) Ltd., Boksburg, the preeminent metallurgical testing laboratory in Southern Africa. The company has a long history of providing destructive and non-destructive metallurgical testing and is renowned for its replication, hardness and chemical test technicians as well as its ability to conduct specialized testing on client sites. Metlab serves the heavy engineering, power engineering, testing & inspection, heat transfer, piping and tubing, steel mill and steel fabrication industries.

Founded in 1982 and privately owned, Metlab employs staff in excess of 40, including metallurgical engineers, laboratory technicians and operators. It generated 2011 revenues in excess of ZAR 21 million.

“Metlab is an exceptionally well run business and this acquisition will solidify SGS’ metallurgical laboratory testing footprint globally and provide access to key South African industrial accounts. This acquisition supports SGS’ growth in the destructive and non-destructive testing Southern African markets.” said Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS.

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 91 11
f: (+41-22) 739 92 00
Website: www.sgs.com

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.