Eclipse Scientific Group acquired by Campbell Brothers Limited

Tuesday 20th March 2012

Eclipse Scientific Group, one of the leading testing organisations in the UK and Ireland, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the ALS Group. The acquisition is anticipated to be completed on the 3rd April 2012.

ALS is the testing services division of Queensland-based Campbell Brothers Limited and is a world leader in testing and technical services in many markets including food, pharmaceutical and environmental. It is one of the largest and most successful commercial laboratory groups in the world with more than 11,000 staff operating 300 laboratories in 55 countries and offering a broad base of inspection and analytical testing services.

Eclipse’s operations in both the UK and Ireland will be integrated into the newly formed ‘Life Sciences’ Division of ALS and will form an important part of ALS’s strategy to build a global food/pharmaceutical laboratory services business.

Greg Kilmister, Campbell Brothers’ Managing Director commented:
“The acquisition of Eclipse will provide ALS with the opportunity to expand our existing food and pharmaceutical services into new geographies in the UK and Ireland. The food testing facilities in the UK and Ireland will allow us to accelerate the development of a global food and pharmaceutical testing business and help build our overall presence in Europe.”

Mark Wood, Managing Director of Eclipse Scientific Group, adds:
“The management team at Eclipse is excited by this development which we feel will enable us to take the company to the next level. The acquisition is recognition of the hard work that has been put into establishing Eclipse as a market leader in the UK and Ireland over the past few years. Our commitment to delivering consistently high standards of customer service underpinned by the integrity of our testing has enabled us to significantly expand our customer base and enhance long-term customer relationships. ALS’s ownership will allow us to develop further our existing growth plans whilst at the same time allowing ALS to establish a major Europe-wide presence in food and pharmaceutical testing.”

About Campbell Brothers Limited
Campbell Brothers is a leading commercial services company, operating one of the world’s largest analytical and testing services businesses, as well as commercial chemical solutions throughout Australia and the Pacific and hospitality wares and distribution throughout Australia. Founded in 1863 and listed on the ASX in 1952, Campbell Brothers currently employs over 11,000 staff operating from 300 sites in 55 countries worldwide.

For further information visit www.campbell.com.au