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VWR International, Inc. Acquires Irish Laboratory Supply Distributor, AGB Scientific Ltd.

10/19/2005 5:13:11 PM

WEST CHESTER, Pa., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- VWR International announced today the acquisition of AGB Scientific Ltd., Dublin, Ireland, the leading Irish scientific laboratory supply distributor.

AGB Scientific, an Irish company founded in 1967, has over 100 employees and distributes laboratory instrumentation, equipment and consumables throughout Ireland and elsewhere. Over the years, the company has acquired the Irish distribution rights for products from many well-respected international scientific manufacturers. In 2004, the company had sales of over EUR 30 million.

"This acquisition represents an outstanding opportunity for VWR to enhance its ability to serve customers in Ireland and elsewhere," said Walter W. Zywottek, VWR president and chief executive officer. "AGB is an exceptional sales organization with a long history and a solid presence in the marketplace that will support our goals of premier service, product quality and customer satisfaction."

Patrick McGinn, managing director of AGB Scientific, said: "We are excited to join VWR's global organization. Over the years, our company has prided itself on being able to offer comprehensive sales support. With the backing of a company with VWR's stature, we are now ideally positioned to bring this high level of support to an even wider customer base."

About AGB Scientific Ltd.

AGB Scientific is Ireland's largest supplier of laboratory instrumentation, equipment, consumables and expertise, representing many of the world's major equipment manufacturers. AGB Scientific provides Ireland's scientists with a high level of technical support for the analytical instrumentation and laboratory equipment that constitutes the backbone of Irish scientific manufacturing.

For more information on AGB Scientific, phone 01 88 22 222, visit, or write AGB Scientific Ltd., Dublin Industrial Estate, Dublin 11, Ireland.

About VWR International, Inc.

VWR International is a global leader in the distribution of scientific supplies, with worldwide sales of $3.0 billion US. VWR's business is highly diversified across a spectrum of products and services, customer groups and geography. The company offers more than 750,000 products, from more than 5,000 manufacturers, to over 250,000 customers throughout North America and Europe. VWR's primary customers work in the pharmaceutical, life science, chemical, technology, food processing and consumer product industries. Other important customers include universities and research institutes; governmental agencies; environmental testing organizations; and primary and secondary schools. VWR International affiliates operate in 18 countries and employ almost 6,000 people. The company's mission is to deliver excellence in the distribution of scientific supplies. The VWR International Group is headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

For more information on VWR International, phone 1-800-932-5000, visit, or write VWR International, Inc., 1310 Goshen Parkway, P.O. Box 2656, West Chester, PA 19380-0906.

Contact: Ted Pulkownik, Phone: (610) 429-2791, Fax: (610) 436-1760, Email:

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VWR International, Inc.

CONTACT: Ted Pulkownik, VWR International, +1-610-429-2791,Fax: +1-610-436-1760, Email:

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