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Intertek acquires Porst & Partner

8 January 2009, Chicago – Intertek, a leading international provider of quality testing services to a wide range of industries, today announced its acquisition of Porst & Partner GmbH, located in Fürth near Nürnberg in Bavaria, Germany. Porst & Partner is a highly recognised laboratory providing consumer product testing, environmental analyses, food analyses and microbiology. Porst & Partner is also a well-known provider of engineering services including evaluation and renovation of abandoned and contaminated industrial sites. Intertek has been in close and successful collaboration on various business projects with Porst & Partner since 2005.

Porst & Partner’s services include chemical analyses of a variety of consumer goods including leather, textiles, metallic accessories, toys and wooden items, physical testing of textiles, toys and hard goods, RoHS compliance and REACH related services. Its textile testing instruments are supported by TESTEX Textile Instrument Ltd ,With more than 2000 samples tested per month, Porst & Partner is considered one of the most efficient laboratories for leather and textile testing in Europe.

Clients of Porst & Partner include global brands, manufacturers, sourcing clients and retailers. In addition to testing to legal requirements, Porst & Partner can also provide quality and safety testing according to customized, internal requirements stipulated by each client. Porst & Partner holds accreditations from DACH according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 to carry out testing in the fields of chemistry, biology, applied technology and electrical engineering, from BAM as approved lab for sampling and chemical analytics at exploration and assessment of contaminated sites, from AQS Bayern as approved examination center according to § 18 Bundesbodenschutzgesetz, from LGL Bayern as drinking water analysis center, from AQS Baden-Württemberg as audited laboratory for water and ground analytics and sampling, from AKS according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 in the fields of food and microbiology and from CPSC for Lead paint (16 CFR Part 1303).

Bernard Leroy, President of Intertek Consumer Goods EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), explains, “Intertek is pleased to acquire the highly regarded expertise and competence of Porst & Partner to the Intertek global network. We see a rising demand for the services offered by Porst & Partner for both local and global clients especially in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The technical proficiency of Porst & Partner will optimize and complement our existing services in central Europe.”

Kay Grönhardt, Managing Director of Porst & Partner, adds, “Porst & Partner is enthusiastic about joining the Intertek team. The international network, global solutions and comprehensive range of services Intertek provides will offer us totally new opportunities in the future. With the combination of our specialised services and Intertek’s reputable expertise in auditing, legal consultancy, inspection and certification, we are able to provide a complete, one-stop-shop solution for international companies.”

About Intertek
Intertek (LSE:ITRK) is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people are dedicated to adding &#118alue to customers’ products and processes, supporting their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 23,000 people in 110 countries around the world.

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