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SGS is pleased to announce that the newly expanded, fully equipped, 68,000 ft2 laboratory facility in Burnaby, an eastern suburb of Vancouver, Canada, is now open and accepting samples. The facility has been strategically designed and relocated to offer a full suite of integrated geochemistry, metallurgy, mineralogy and trade services, as well as environmental testing services for the exploration and mining industry.  The move ensures that you have access to SGS' wealth of expertise and services across many disciplines, all under one roof.  The official opening of the new facility will be held in early 2013.  

The Vancouver area facility will incorporate a full range of the latest testing, inspection and verification services to cover your project needs from early exploration, through resource development, production, trade to closure.  These services include:

  • Geochemical analysis
  • Orebody modelling and resource estimation
  • Geometallurgy and circuit modelling
  • Bankable metallurgy studies for flowsheet development
  • Advanced mineralogy including process mineralogy and predictive metallurgy
  • Trade services and analysis for commercial cargos
  • Acid rock drainage testing and water treatment solutions including high density sludge      

The integrated facility will strategically support the growing needs of the global minerals industry and complement SGS' unmatched network of over 150 commercial, on-site, prep and MSPU geochemical laboratories, 12 metallurgical facilities, 5 mineralogy facilities, over 120 energy minerals labs, 33 fertilizer labs and 75 trade offices.  Of these sites, 5 labs are fully integrated GEMM (geochemistry, environmental, metallurgy and mineralogy) labs (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile and South Africa) and 3 provide integrated geochemistry-metallurgy services (Mexico, Peru and Russia).

This is part of SGS' ongoing North American growth strategy which, in Canada alone, includes a significant investment in excess of $25 million and the construction of 125,000 ft2 of laboratory space. Clients will benefit from this integrated approach to projects through better planning of testwork resources resulting in projects progressing quickly through each stage and acheiving faster speed-to-market. 

The lab functions as a central hub in SGS' global network of facilities offering a comprehensive suite of integrated services. This allows you to meet technical milestones faster and to get to market sooner with the confidence that your reports meet industry requirements.  For further information regarding these and other SGS services, please visit our website at



SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.  SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity.  With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world. 

For more information please contact:

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

Jean Richardson
Global Director Marketing
SGS Minerals Services
185 Concession Street, PO Box 4300
Lakefield, Ontario, Canada K0L 2H0

Telephone: +1 705 652 2120