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SGS is pleased to announce the opening of a fully equipped commercial geochemistry laboratory in Cochrane, Ontario, Canada. The new Cochrane laboratory has been strategically located to service the growing needs of the minerals exploration industry in North-eastern Ontario and North-western Quebec, Canada. SGS is constantly reviewing opportunities to expand services and is committed to servicing the minerals industry globally. Official start up of the laboratory is scheduled for July 1, 2011.  

The Cochrane laboratory will provide a variety of services to the technical community including:

·   Sample preparation for soils, drillcore and reverse circulation samples
·   Fire assay for gold with ICP-OES, AAS and gravimetric finish
·   Carbon and sulphur analysis by LECO and Coulometry
·   Trace metal analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES)
·   Gateway to SGS’ expertise in sampling, resource assessment, geometallurgy and metallurgical expertise 

 The new Cochrane laboratory will integrate with our currently unmatched geochemistry laboratory network in North America (Lakefield, Red Lake, Sudbury, Telkwa, Toronto, Vancouver, Elko, Durango and Las Balsas).  In addition, it will complement an unparalleled network of over 50 commercial laboratories globally, many of which are accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025 standards.

SGS offers a wide range of services to the minerals sector including geochemical analysis, resource calculation, mineralogy, metallurgy, advanced systems, water treatment and trade services.  For further information please visit


SGS is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognised as the global benchmark in quality and integrity.  With more than 64,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.

For further information please contact:

Russ Calow
VP Global Geochemistry
SGS Minerals Services
185 Concession Street
Lakefield, Ontario, Canada, K0L 2H0

Telephone: +1 705 772 1338

Lawrence Ng
Regional Business Manager – North America
SGS Minerals Services
50-655 West Kent Avenue
North Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6P 6T7 

Telephone: +1 604-324-1166