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Eurofins expands in Japan with two acquisitions

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By Joe Whitworth+

11-Aug-2017

©iStock. Eurofins acquires JACC and Ecopro
©iStock. Eurofins acquires JACC and Ecopro

Eurofins Scientific has acquired Japan Analytical Chemistry Consultants Co. (JACC) and Ecopro Research K.K. (Ecopro) for undisclosed amounts.

JACC is one of the largest independent agroscience testing laboratories and Ecopro is a food testing laboratory in Japan.

JACC and Ecopro employ 40 and 30 staff, respectively.

The two acquisitions reinforce Eurofins’ position in the pesticide residue food market and provide entry in the agroscience sector in the country.

The acquisition of Ecopro complements Eurofins’ existing local food testing capabilities and is in Shizuoka, the largest tea-producing area in Japan.

When contacted by us to clarify who it acquired the companies from and existing capabilities in Japan, Eurofins said it could not share any further information at this time.

With accreditations from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) and MAFF, Ecopro services including pesticide residue testing, nutrition analyses and microbiology testing.

Ecopro focuses on tea samples and metabolome analysis for functional food.

Reinforce footprint in Asia Pacific

Dr Gilles Martin, Eurofins CEO, said the acquisitions will reinforce the groups’ growing footprint in Asia Pacific.

“The acquisitions of JACC and Ecopro have a good strategic fit with Eurofins’ existing food and agroscience testing businesses and will help to expand our offerings in Japan. We look forward to providing JACC and Ecopro access to the full capabilities of the Eurofins network.”

JACC is one of the largest Japanese independent GLP pesticide residue laboratories for agrochemical-registration, with more than 40 years of chemical testing experience.

JACC has accreditation from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), and serves chemical and agrochemical clients by offering pesticide analyses for river water, air and soil samples as well as analyses for active agrochemical ingredients and formulations.

Eurofins has more than 30,000 staff in 375 laboratories across 41 countries and a portfolio of over 130,000 analytical methods.

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