SGS ACQUIRES ASSAYERS CANADA LIMITED IN VANCOUVER, CANADA

7/12/2010, 7:00 AM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

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SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of Assayers Canada (commonly known as
Mineral Environments Laboratories Ltd.) in Vancouver, Canada.

Assayers Canada has provided the highest level of service to the international
mining community since 1971. It performs a full range of geochemistry services
including sample preparation, fire assay, pulp metallics, environmental
analysis, ICP-AES and ICP-MS, cyanide leach, aqua regia leach and ore assays.
Assayers Canada holds Certificates of Laboratory Proficiency from the Standards
Council of Canada for precious and base metals analysis as well as ISO
9001:2008.

Privately owned, Assayers Canada employs 14 permanent staff and reported revenue
of about $2 million CAD for 2009.

"This acquisition allows SGS to strengthen its geochemical analysis expertise
adding to the existing exploration, metallurgical, mineralogy and water
treatment services that SGS offers to its clients on Canada's west coast"
commented Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS.

SGS also provides comprehensive trade services in Vancouver for hard rock
minerals, potash/sulphur and coal.

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 over 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 Communications and Investor Relations
SGS SA
1 place des Alpes
CH - 1211 Geneva 1
Tel: (+41-22) 739 91 11
Fax: (+41-22) 739 98 61
Web:www.sgs.com



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