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Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services Acquires AMTAC Laboratories Ltd.

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LONDON & BUFFALO, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 19, 2003

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (BVCPS), a world leader in consumer product testing, inspection, and auditing services, is pleased to announce the acquisition of UK based AMTAC Laboratories Ltd, one of Europe's foremost consumer product testing organisations.

Strategically, this move reinforces BVCPS' position and market share in the United Kingdom, expanding its services to meet the evolving global needs of its retail and manufacturing partners. BVCPS offers over 30 full service laboratories and locations in 23 countries, supported by 2,700 employees, providing an extensive range of specialised services for the consumer product and retail markets, including testing, inspections, factory assessments, social accountability auditing, risk assessment and training.

Founded in 1895 as one of the world's first contemporary testing and certification organisations, AMTAC Labs is one of Europe's foremost consumer product testing organisations today. As part of BVCPS, AMTAC Labs will be able to provide its clients, which include many of the UK's major retailers, importers and manufacturers, direct access to the comprehensive global services provided by their new organisation. AMTAC Labs, which is based in Altrincham, near Manchester, will continue to operate as AMTAC Laboratories for a period of time, before fully assuming the corporate identity of BVCPS.

Kevin O'Brien, BVCPS President, indicated that the acquisition of AMTAC Labs was a key development for Bureau Veritas in serving the needs of both the UK and European markets. "By building on the strengths of this prestigious laboratory, complemented by a significant program of investment and expansion, we will provide the UK consumer product sector with a service and scope of support that is second to none," stated O'Brien. "Continuity of AMTAC Labs' integrity and excellence of service is of prime importance and this will be assured by Ian Dalgetty and Alan Kirwilliam, both of whom will continue as directors of the business."

Notes for Editors:

1) Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (BVCPS) was established in 1998 with the acquisition of ACTS Testing Labs, Inc., followed by the acquisition of Merchandise Testing Laboratories, Inc. in May 2001 by Bureau Veritas. BVCPS is committed to being the premier conformity assessment provider serving the global consumer product and retail markets. MTL-ACTS offers one-stop shopping solutions for a full range of consumer products including toys and juvenile products, textiles, premiums, hardlines, electrical, health and beauty, household and food products.

2) AMTAC Laboratories Ltd

AMTAC Laboratories Ltd. was founded in 1895 as one of the world's first contemporary test and certification organisations. Development over the next 100 years included comprehensive testing facilities for consumer products, including electrical, toys, textiles, apparel, furniture and sporting goods. In 1983 the Chamber of Commerce Laboratory merged with Altrincham Laboratories (est. 1965), one of the UK's foremost independent metallurgical testing facilities, and AMTAC Laboratories Ltd was established. AMTAC Labs now operates a 30,000 sq. foot facility, which is renown in its sector for integrity and customer awareness. In addition to third party accreditation via UKAS (the United Kingdom Accreditation Service), AMTAC Laboratories are a Notified Body under the European Toys Safety and Low Voltage Directives.

3) Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is a service company specialising in QHSE management (quality, health, safety and environment) and social accountability, with a network that covers 140 countries and includes nearly 600 offices and laboratories. It offers an extensive range of technical services and solutions in the fields of certification, conformity assessment, training and consulting. With over 16,000 employees, Bureau Veritas serves 200,000 clients in many different industries across the world, from local companies to the largest multinational corporations. Bureau Veritas is a recognized leader with expertise in major industrial sectors: Aeronautics and Space, Building & Facilities, Consumer Products, Energy and Process, International Trade, Manufacturing, Marine, and Transport and Logistics.


In the UK:
Alan Kirwilliam - Marketing Director
AMTAC Laboratories Ltd
Norman Road, Broadheath
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4EP
UK
Tel: ++ (0)161 928 8924
Fax: +44 (0)161 927 7359
Email: akirwilliam@amtac.co.uk
www.mtl-acts.com
www.amtac.co.uk
or:
In the USA:
Margaret Collopy - Marketing/PR
Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services
100 Northpointe Parkway
Buffalo, New York 14228
USA
Tel: 1 716 505 3632
Fax: 1 716 505 3301
Email: margaret.collopy@us.bureauvertas.com
www.mtl-acts.com
www.amtac.co.uk
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