SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Ludwig Group, a leading Material and Metallurgical Testing Laboratory based in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Ludwig Group serves mainly the Oil and Gas industry, particularly the oil and gas infrastructure and pipeline industries in Western Canada.

It offers a broad range of specialised welding engineering necessary to design, manufacture, evaluate, and maintain industry infrastructure. It also provides clients with a world class resource both in Edmonton and Calgary for physical testing and material identification. Founded in 1978 and privately owned, Ludwig Associates Ltd. employs 44 highly skilled experts and will generate 2012 revenues in excess of
Can $7 million.

“I am very pleased with this acquisition, in line with our Industrial strategy. We will leverage Ludwig Associates’ skills within our North American network and further expand our service offerings across the Oil and Gas industry” said Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS.

For further information, please contact:

Jean-Luc de Buman
Corporate Development,
Communications & IR
SGS SA
1 place des Alpes
CH - 1211 Geneva 1
t: (+41-22) 739 91 11
f: (+41-22) 739 92 00
Website: www.sgs.com

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