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Smithers Signs Agreement to Purchase Environmental Sciences Group from Covance

The Smithers Group
Posted on: 04 May 12

The Smithers Group announced today an agreement to purchase the Environmental Sciences Group (ESG) from Covance Laboratories. Providing world-class scientific and regulatory expertise in product registration and risk assessment, the Environmental Sciences Group serves clients in the agrochemical, pharmaceutical, industrial chemical and animal health industries.

Based in Harrogate, UK, ESG has been providing services for over 35 years. ESG employs approximately 60 employees.

“The Environmental Sciences business represents a tremendous strategic fit for Smithers”, commented Michael Hochschwender, President and CEO of The Smithers Group. “We have long respected the expertise and capabilities of this group and we are excited about what this acquisition means for our clients in terms of a broader range of services.”

The Smithers Group is a global technology based services organization and each Smithers company focuses on a well-defined market. The Environmental Sciences Group will become part of the Smithers Viscient organization. Volker Bornemann, President of Smithers Viscient noted “The ESG acquisition is greatly enhancing our ability to service clients globally, but specifically in Europe and Asia.” He added, “Building upon our already diverse service offering, expanding our scope and capabilities is very exciting.”

Recognized globally, the Environmental Sciences Group provides a comprehensive range of environmental services including; Ecotoxicology, Environmental Fate, Plant Metabolism, Animal Metabolism, Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Residue Chemistry, Regulatory Affairs, Risk Assessment and Project Management.

The agreement, signed May 2, is expected to close in 30 days.

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About The Smithers Group and Smithers Viscient:

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Pira, Smithers Rapra, Smithers Apex, Smithers Viscient, Smithers Pharma Services, and Smithers Quality Assessments. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. As a group the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long term growth. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products, by utilizing testing, consulting, information and compliance services. All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions. For more information, visit

Smithers Viscient is a global Contract Research Organization (CRO) providing environmental testing, ecotoxicology, and regulatory services for the crop protection, seed technology, pharmaceutical, industrial chemical, and the consumer and household product industries. With laboratories located in North America and Europe, Smithers Viscient has performed standard guideline and higher-tiered environmental studies for over 40 years. Smithers Viscient conducts studies to satisfy all regulatory requirements globally. Services include ecotoxicology, avian toxicology, environmental fate, metabolism, residue, analytical, and product chemistry, and consulting. For more information, visit

About Other Smithers companies:

Smithers Rapra is the global leader in rubber, plastics, polymer and composites testing, consulting and information products and events, with key focuses including the tire, industrial, transportation, consumer and medical industries. For more information, visit or

Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Established in 1930, the company provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance. For more information, visit

Smithers Quality Assessment is an accredited third-party registrar. Since 1993, Smithers Quality Assessments has provided quality and environmental management system certification services such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and related standards to manufacturing companies and service providers. For more information, visit

Smithers Pharma Services provides formulation services, analytical chemistry, and pre-clinical and clinical bioanalytical testing, while offering further drug development support through in-house storage stability studies. Smithers Pharma serves the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consumer healthcare industries, delivering a broad portfolio of services to help clients move their drug products through the full drug development process, from pre-formulations to market registration. For more information, visit

Smithers Apex, formerly known as IntertechPira, is a global business that provides events, market research, publications and strategic and technical consulting to an expanding list of niche, emerging and high growth industries, including the home and personal care; lighting, imaging and displays; plastic electronics and the alternative energy industries. For more information, visit

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Last updated on: 04/05/2012

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