It benefitted from an extensive geographical footprint following investments made in the laboratory network.
SGS said revenue was up 14.5% across the business to CHF 5.6bn (€4.5bn) in the firm’s full year results.
Double-digit growth was achieved in all geographies other than Europe, helped by 18 completed acquisitions in the year.
The group also commissioned a flagship Food Safety and Cold Chain facility in India.
“SGS expects to deliver solid top and bottom line growth in 2013, notwithstanding continuing weak trading conditions in Europe.”