SGS ACQUIRES NVIROCROP GROUP, POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA

1/14/2011, 7:00 AM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

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SGS ACQUIRES NVIROCROP GROUP, POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA
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SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of NviroCrop, a leading South African
precision agriculture services company, based in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

A privately owned company founded in 2007, NviroCrop serves the agricultural
industry providing the following services:

* GPS soil and leaf sampling
* GIS mapping, assessments and fertilizer recommendations
* Soil classification
* Independent agricultural advisory services for sustainability
* Economic viability of currently active farm lands, plus new or reclaimed
agricultural land

With 17 staff members in Potchefstroom, Langebaan, Johannesburg, a
representative office in Lusaka Zambia and operations in Namibia, NviroCrop
generated revenue in excess of ZAR 20 million in 2010. "I am very pleased with
this acquisition, this is an important step in the implementation of our
strategy" said Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS, "It allows our Agricultural Services to
enhance precision farming services in Southern Africa, by leveraging our network
and replicating these services deeper into the continent".



ABOUT SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification,
testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the
global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 59'000 employees, SGS operates a
network of over 1'000 offices and laboratories around the world.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Jean-Luc de Buman
Corporate Development, Communications & Investor Relations

SGS SA
1 place des Alpes
CH 1211 Geneva 1
Tel: +41 (22) 739 95 93
Fax:+41 (22) 739 98 61

SGS.Investor.Relations@sgs.com
WWW.SGS.COM


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