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LGC Standards acquires VHG Labs Inc

Date:10 May 2012

LGC Standards, the leading global supplier of reference materials, is pleased to announce that it has acquired US-based VHG Labs, a leading supplier of spectrochemical standards, consumables for laboratory instrumentation and product testing services.

LGC Standards and VHG are an excellent fit: both companies supply reference materials and provide proficiency and consumer product testing services, and share a commitment to the highest standards of quality and customer service. This acquisition follows closely LGC Standards? acquisition of Analytical Reference Materials International (ARMI) in March; an industrial reference materials company also based in the US. The VHG Labs acquisition further strengthens LGC?s US base and follows the appointment of Ed Pagani as Chief Executive Officer for LGC?s US operations; a new role that reflects the importance of the region to the LGC Group.

VHG was founded in 1981 and operates from a purpose-built facility in Manchester, New Hampshire. VHG is accredited to ISO Guide 34 for the production of reference materials for oil based testing and aqueous inorganic standards. The Company also offers a range of consumable supplies for laboratory instrumentation and analytical testing for high purity materials, metal alloys, consumer products and a wide range of commercial products.

LGC Standards supplies over 100,000 products, including reference materials, pharmaceutical impurity reference standards, biological standards and reagents, and is one of the world?s leading providers of proficiency testing services. Both LGC Standards and VHG are noted for their customer service, using their in-depth knowledge to identify the most appropriate material for their customers.

David Richardson, Managing Director of LGC Standards, commented: ?We are delighted to welcome Sue Evans Norris, President of VHG, and Mike Travers, Vice President Sales and Marketing at VHG, and their team into the LGC Group. LGC Standards and VHG Labs are an excellent complementary fit. For LGC Standards, this latest acquisition builds on our strategy to increase our footprint in the US market. Importantly, it is also a good fit with our industrial reference materials operations and will help strengthen our ability to meet the growing demand for industrial reference materials from around the world. We very much look forward to working with Mike, Sue and the wider team at VHG Labs.?

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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 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, South Africa, 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 VHG Labs
VHG Labs (www.vhglabs.com ) provides superior value to customers worldwide with high quality analytical chemistry products and services. Through its line of accurate standards designed for spectrometric calibration, essential instrumentation supplies and consumables for analytical laboratories, or its service capabilities for exacting sample analysis and methods support, VHG Labs strives to provide prompt, efficient, and dependable products and services. Since its founding in 1981, VHG Labs has been an international supplier of certified standards, reference materials and consumable supplies for laboratory instrumentation. The company?s reputation for service extends across all of its product lines, including: Single and multi-element standards for AA, IC, ICP and ICPMS; Specialized standards for EPA metals analysis, ASTM; Metallo-organic single and multi-element standards; XRF Petroleum Standards and Supplies; and General consumable supplies for analytical instrumentation.

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 international markets which underpin the safety, health and security of the public and the regulation of industry, for both public and private sector clients.

LGC has five divisions - LGC Forensics, LGC Genomics, LGC Health Sciences, 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 over 1,700 staff in 36 laboratories and centres globally. The genesis of LGC dates back to 1842, and for more than 100 years it has been home to the UK statutory function of Government Chemist. Formerly the Laboratory of the Government Chemist, LGC was privatised in 1996 and is now majority-owned by funds managed by Bridgepoint.

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@lgcgroup.com
Web: www.lgcstandards.com
Webshop: www.lgcstandards.com

Deborah Gaskell
Group Communications Manager
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 7563
Email: Deborah.gaskell@lgcgroup.com
Web: www.lgcgroup.com
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