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LGC Standards sets the benchmark for reference material handling

Date:12 January 2012

LGC Standards, Europe?s leading supplier of reference materials, can now offer its global customer base the benefits of its significantly improved central warehousing facilities in Wesel, Germany, setting the benchmark for handling and distributing reference materials.

The warehouse has improved centralised logistics services as well as a high tech temperature and humidity-controlled environment for all primary reference standards, certified reference materials, standard solutions, solids and matrix materials. Products are stored and monitored for humidity and temperature (from minus 70°C to room temperature) to ensure quality during storage and transport, thereby ensuring the company adheres to current regulations regarding dual use goods, dangerous goods, controlled substances and precursors.

LGC Standards is now well equipped to fulfil its expansion plans into Latin America, the USA, Asia, North Africa, Australia/New Zealand. The Wesel warehouse will also play a large part in supplying products to LGC Standards´ latest acquisition and its first venture on the African continent; Industrial Analytical of South Africa.

LGC Standards? customers will continue to place their orders in one of the seven LGC Standards offices across Europe and receive their invoice in their local currency, while the reference standards will be shipped directly to the customer with all relevant paperwork from the Wesel central warehouse.

Reference materials suppliers across the world have partnered with LGC Standards to set up consignment stocks in Wesel, giving European researchers fast and easy access to reference materials of their choice. This includes the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements in Belgium, the Reference Materials Institute for Clinical Chemistry Standards in Japan and the National Measurement Institute of Australia, whose reference standards play a leading role in sports doping analysis. Wesel?s extended warehouse facility will support customers who are supplying crucial reference materials for sports testing during the 2012 Olympic Games.

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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 and diagnostic services, as well as diagnostic products, proficiency testing 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 35 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.

For further information contact:

Claudia Ketteler

Business Sector Manager

LGC Standards, Mercatorstrasse 51, 46485, Wesel, Germany

Tel: +49 (0)281 9887 277

Fax: +49 (0)281 9887 279

Email: claudia.ketteler@LGCStandards.com

Web: www.lgcstandards.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LGCStds_For

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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