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LGC Standards acquires Africa?s largest supplier of reference materials

Date:18 November 2011

LGC Standards, Europe?s leading supplier of reference materials, is pleased to announce that it has acquired Industrial Analytical (Pty) Ltd of South Africa, the single largest supplier of certified reference materials (CRMs) on the southern African continent.

The business combination will benefit Industrial Analytical by providing it with the capability to expand and invest further in the growing sub-Saharan African market for genomics and forensics, while LGC Standards will have its first foothold in the African CRM market together with expertise strengthened by the specialist skills of its new South African partners.

LGC Standards supplies over 100,000 products, including reference materials, pharmaceutical impurity reference standards, biological standards and reagents, as well as supplying proficiency testing services. Industrial Analytical specialises in pure, matrix and customised CRMs for analytical sectors ranging from extraction industries, food, environmental and pharmaceuticals. Both companies are noted for their customer service, using their in-depth knowledge of products from a wide range of quality suppliers to identify the most appropriate material for their customers.

Francois Beukes, Managing Director of Industrial Analytical, explains: ?This new venture, combining Industrial Analytical?s African offering with LGC Standards? expert knowledge in reference materials, will help strengthen our position in the African marketplace. Our customers and suppliers can be reassured that while we are retaining both our trading name and our current team of 16 people in Kyalami, Johannesburg, our acquisition by LGC Standards will open more doors for us, thus expanding our existing product portfolio and allowing us to penetrate new markets.?

In welcoming Industrial Analytical to the LGC Group, David Richardson, Chief Executive of LGC, added: ?Our companies are extremely well matched: both are renowned for their expertise, authority and excellent customer service. This acquisition will enable further innovations and will support LGC?s continued expansion within emerging markets. LGC Standards is committed to strengthening the service to the reference materials sector - we have historically had significant expertise and excellent customer relationships in the sector within our European and wider international territories. We are now very keen to roll this out to the growing African market.?

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About LGC Standards
LGC Standards (www.lgcstandards.com) provides products and services to improve measurement and quality control within the laboratory, and is part of LGC, whose LGC Science & Technology Division acts as the UK National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurements. LGC Standards supplies over 100,000 products, including reference materials, pharmaceutical impurity reference standards (produced under ISO Guide 34 accreditation), biological standards and reagents, and proficiency testing. LGC Standards is headquartered in Teddington, Middlesex, UK. Its global centre for excellence in proficiency testing is located in Bury (Greater Manchester). LGC Standards has offices in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, China, Russia, United Arab Emirates and the UK, a joint venture presence in India, and representatives in Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, Turkey and the US.

About LGC
LGC (www.lgcgroup.com) is an international science-based company and market leader in analytical, forensic, biotechnology, diagnostic and product services and reference standards. LGC operates in a variety of markets which underpin the safety, health and security of the public and the regulation of industry, for both public and private sector clients.

LGC operates internationally through four divisions - LGC Forensics, LGC Genomics, LGC Standards and LGC Science & Technology. The latter includes specialist laboratories delivering contracts for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and supports LGC's designated role as the UK's National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurement.

Our operations are extensively accredited to international quality standards such as ISO/IEC 17025. With headquarters in Teddington, South West London, the LGC Group employs ca 1,460 staff in 31 laboratories and centres globally. Privatised in 1996 and now majority-owned by funds managed by Bridgepoint, LGC was founded almost 170 years ago as the Laboratory of the Government Chemist - a statutory function maintained by LGC today.

About Industrial Analytical
Since its inception in 1988, Industrial Analytical (Pty) Ltd. (www.industrialanalytical.co.za) has grown to become the single largest supplier of Certified Reference Materials, not only in the Republic of South Africa, but also in the African continent as a whole. The company was formed to specifically meet the ever-increasing demand in industry to supply Reference Materials for verifying analytical results and proving quality of characterization. Today, Industrial Analytical (Pty) Ltd. still focuses on supplying the best quality (complying with the applicable ISO certifications) Certified Reference Materials and currently represent most of the internationally recognised and accredited producers of such Certified Reference Materials.

As more and more use is made of instrumentation for analytical purposes, the need increases for greater assurance of the accuracy of results and traceability to acceptable standards. Industrial Analytical has set itself the goals of providing access to the BEST Reference Materials in the world, as well as giving the most efficient high speed service to its customers. The additional provision of High Purity Chemicals and Fusion Equipment and Consumables from accredited suppliers further helps scientists to improve the accuracy and precision of their analytical results.

For further information contact:
Jane Firth
Business Sector Manager
LGC Standards, Queens Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LY, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 7323
Fax: +44 (0)20 8943 7009
Email: jane.firth@lgcstandards.com
Web: www.lgcstandards.com
Webshop: www.lgcstandards.com

Gavin Dallas
Communications / Press Officer
LGC, Queens Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LY, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 7000
Fax: +44 (0)20 8943 2767
Direct Line: +44 (0)20 8943 8491
Email: gavin.dallas@lgcgroup.com
Web: www.lgcgroup.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LGCGroup
Blog: www.blog.lgcgroup.com

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