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MEI Online: Analytical Techniques & Applied Mineralogy: Latest News: July 13th 2010


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:: SGS Acquires Assayers Canada Limited in Vancouver, Canada

SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of Assayers Canada (commonly known as Mineral Environments Laboratories Ltd.) in Vancouver, Canada.

Assayers Canada has provided the highest level of service to the international mining community since 1971. It performs a full range of geochemistry services including sample preparation, fire assay, pulp metallics, environmental analysis, ICP-AES and ICP-MS, cyanide leach, aqua regia leach and ore assays. Assayers Canada holds Certificates of Laboratory Proficiency from the Standards Council of Canada for precious and base metals analysis as well as ISO 9001:2008.

Privately owned, Assayers Canada employs 14 permanent staff and reported revenue of about $2 million CAD for 2009.

“This acquisition allows SGS to strengthen its geochemical analysis expertise adding to the existing exploration, metallurgical, mineralogy and water treatment services that SGS offers to its clients on Canada’s west coast” commented Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS.




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