Intertek Acquires CML Biotech Limited  
2/19/2008 6:53:20 AM

ABERDEEN, Scotland - (Business Wire) Intertek Group plc (Intertek), the leading international provider of quality and safety services to a wide range of industries, has acquired CML Biotech Limited (“Commercial Microbiology”). The acquisition is comprised of Commercial Microbiology Ltd. based in Aberdeen, UK, and its subsidiary Commercial Microbiology Inc. based in Houston, USA.

Since 1985, CML has provided technical consultancy and laboratory services related to the measurement and management of bacteria in the oil and gas industry. Located in both Aberdeen and Houston with around 50 staff, CML is widely regarded as the leading provider of such technical services to oil and gas clients globally. Services range from routine monitoring of microbial activity to expert consultancy in the area of microbial management and preventative strategies.

The acquisition further advances Intertek’s strategic growth in expert support services to the global upstream oil and gas sector. CML will operate in Intertek’s Upstream Oil and Gas group within its Analytical Services division.

Dr. Andrew Swift, Vice President of Intertek’s Analytical Services Division, comments: “CML has an excellent reputation across the industry. Acquiring CML further expands Intertek’s support globally to the upstream oil and gas sector. CML adds to our capability to provide enhanced value to our customers through the integration of expert consultancy and high-end analytical services."

John McCulloch, Managing Director, and Dr. Stephen Maxwell, Technical Director of CML, commented jointly: “Joining Intertek gives CML an exciting opportunity to provide our expert services to a wider network of new international clients and to accelerate the roll-out of CML’s ‘Bug Tracker’ management system for microbial monitoring and prevention.”

About Intertek:

Intertek Group plc (LSE:ITRK) is a leading international provider of quality and safety services to global and local industries. Partnership with Intertek brings increased value to customers’ products and processes, ultimately supporting their success in the global market place. Intertek has the experience, expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through their network of 21,000 people in more than 100 countries around the world.

About Intertek’s Upstream Oil & Gas services:

Intertek’s upstream oil and gas services comprise a wide range of routine and specialist laboratory testing services combined with high-end consultancy to support oil and gas development and production infrastructure. A growing international network of Intertek upstream laboratories and offices serve clients globally providing Analytical Support services; advanced PVT, Core and SCAL services; fully integrated Production Chemistry and Inhibition Management services; and wide ranging Metering, Measurement, Calibration and Allocation services.

About CML:

Established in 1998 from merger of two existing Aberdeen-based companies, Commercial Microbiology® has gone from strength to strength. CML is active in over 20 nations, providing microbiological services and testing kits to global energy industry. Additional clients include pharmaceutical and environmental companies. CML was recently recognised as one of the top 50 fastest growing technology companies in Scotland.

Commercial Microbiology Managing Director John McCulloch, +44 (0) 1224706062 (UK) or

General Manager Scott Campbell, +1-713-974-1211 (USA) www. or

Intertek Upstream Oil & Gas Services Director Martin Barnes, +44 (0) 161-200-4266 or

Intertek Analytical Services Global Marketing Director Erik Holladay, +1-713-407-3500 (USA)