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LGC and ATCC announce African distribution agreement

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19 January 2015, London, UK - LGC and ATCC today announce the extension of their existing distribution agreement to cover specified countries on the continent of Africa. LGC is currently the exclusive distributor of ATCC products throughout Europe. This extension enables ATCC to take advantage of the expansion of LGC’s sales office network in South Africa following the acquisition of Industrial Analytical in 2011.

Euan O’Sullivan, Managing Director of the Standards Division at LGC, said, “LGC is delighted to extend to Africa the European agreement we have had with ATCC since 1999. LGC is committed to supporting the international scientific community by providing our partners and customers with solutions that enable them to deliver the highest quality analytical results. As a leading global producer and distributor of reference materials and proficiency testing (PT) programmes, LGC’s partnership with ATCC, the premier global biological materials resource and standards organisation, is highly complementary. We are delighted to be extending this partnership, further enhancing our combined efforts to enable scientists in Africa and worldwide to reach their goals of delivering high quality science to their communities.”

“Providing global access to high-quality ATCC biomaterials supports our mission to collaborate with and support the science community,” stated Willem Folkerts, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at ATCC. “We are gratified that this new agreement with LGC enables researchers in approved countries in Africa to receive the ATCC biomaterials and support they need in a more efficient manner to carry out their important work.”

Via this African distribution agreement, customers will benefit from customer service, technical support, stocking, and dispatch in the same time zone. Customers in sub-Saharan Africa will be served by LGC’s South African base, Industrial Analytical, while customers in North and West Africa will be served from LGC’s European sales offices; thereby enabling more timely and efficient communication and delivery, and easier payment in local currencies.

Please refer to for specific African countries related to this agreement.

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LGC is an international life sciences measurement and testing company with leading positions in growing markets. LGC provides a range of measurement products and services which underpin the safety, health and security of the public, including reference materials and proficiency testing, genomics reagents and instrumentation, and expert sample analysis and interpretation. LGC serves customers across a number of end markets including Pharmaceuticals, Agricultural Biotechnology, Food, Environment, Government, and Academia.

LGC’s headquarters are in London and the company employs over 2,000 people, operating out of 22 countries worldwide. Its operations are extensively accredited to international quality standards such as ISO/IEC 17025, GMP, GLP, and ISO Guide 34.

With a history dating back to 1842, LGC has been home to the UK Government Chemist for more than 100 years and is the designated UK National Measurement Institute for chemical and bio measurement. LGC was privatised in 1996 and is now majority-owned by funds managed by Bridgepoint.

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About Industrial Analytical

Since its inception in 1988, Industrial Analytical (Pty) Ltd. has grown to become the single largest supplier of Certified Reference Materials, not only in the Republic of South Africa, but throughout Africa. The company was formed to meet the ever-increasing demand in industry to supply Reference Materials for verifying analytical results and proving quality of characterization. Today, Industrial Analytical (Pty) Ltd. still focuses on supplying the best quality (complying with the applicable ISO certifications) Certified Reference Materials and currently represent most of the internationally recognised and accredited producers of such Certified Reference Materials.

LGC acquired Industrial Analytical in 2011.