Intertek acquires Ciba division from BASF

Intertek buys regulatory and safety and testing businesses of Ciba Expert Services

Quality testing company Intertek has expanded its operations with the acquisition from BASF of the environmental, safety and testing and regulatory businesses of Ciba Expert Services. The purchase includes Cantox Health Sciences and Ashuren Health Sciences.

Ciba Expert Services employs 200 people in the UK, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the US.

Cantox and Ashuren are scientific research and regulatory consulting organisations for the food and nutrition, agriculture, biotechnology, consumer products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors.

The purchase will add a GLP accredited, pharmaceutical services laboratory in Basel, Switzerland to Intertek’s international analytical services facilities, in addition to advanced testing services to the pharmaceutical, speciality chemical and performance materials industries in the UK, US and India.

The business is expected to generate around £20m in revenue in the first year.

‘CIBA Expert Services’ strength in product-related testing and regulatory consulting makes this a strategic acquisition for Intertek as it extends our services and expertise to clients in a number of our business lines,’ said Wolfhart Hauser, chief executive of Intertek. ‘Ciba Expert Services’ clients will benefit from the wider services that Intertek can offer and our legal and regulatory experts, project managers, testing and laboratory services, and toxicologists will unite to provide regional support with global coverage.’

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