LAKEFIELD, Ontario - During 4Q 2012 and 1Q 2013, SGS Minerals Services will be integrating the wealth of expertise in their Toronto (Don Mills) analytical operations into the newly expanded SGS laboratories in Lakefield, northeast of Toronto, and Vancouver, BC. The planned integration will create large and diverse testing facilities that are leading repositories of geochemical, metallurgical, mineralogical and environmental expertise, staffed by experts who are leaders in their specific fields.
This is part of SGS’ on-going North American growth strategy, which includes significant investments in excess of $25 million in Canada alone. In 2012, SGS has added 11,600 m2 of new laboratory space in Vancouver, Lakefield and Cochrane, ON. The company currently employs over 2,000 professionals across all lines of business.
This integration will strategically support the growing needs of the global minerals industry and complement SGS’ unmatched geochemistry network of over 140 commercial, on-site and mobile laboratories, 12 metallurgical facilities and five mineralogy facilities. Of these sites, five labs are fully integrated GEMM (geochemistry, environmental, metallurgy, mineralogy) labs (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile and South Africa) and three provide integrated geochemistry-metallurgy services (Mexico, Peru and Russia).
SGS further explained that the Toronto facility can no longer keep pace and will be closed. The Toronto staff will have the opportunity to transition to the new facilities and take advantage of continued growth opportunities. The company also has an Advanced Systems business group, a Life Sciences laboratory and head office facilities in Toronto, all of which will remain open.
For further information regarding SGS services for the mineral industry, please visit SGS.com/Mining.