SUEZ NWS and ALS Limited completed a sale for the former to acquire 100% equity of ALS Analytical Testing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary1 ("ALS China") to expand its business into the third-party environmental testing sector. This move will accelerate SUEZ NWS development of new solutions for customers, particularly in air quality monitoring and remediation services, watershed quality management and river remediation projects and the soil remediation industry. More importantly, the Group will fully leverage the synergies of all its other business units in China and provide local customers with higher quality environmental services.
Upon completion of the acquisition, ALS China, which has laboratories in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, in addition to commercial shop fronts in Chongqing, Wuhan and Shijiazhuang, will be fully integrated into the Advanced Solutions Asia business unit. Additionally, over 180 ALS laboratory employees across China will be directly integrated into SUEZ Group's global technology and R&D network. Interconnecting with the Group’s experts, as well as with researchers from around the world. Resources from over 200 analytical laboratories and 17 R&D centers will be shared, to scale-up its capabilities in three core areas – air quality, upstream water quality management and soil remediation. The Environmental Quality Monitoring (EQM) digital platforms developed by SUEZ will be introduced in the Chinese market through this company, supporting by this way the smart city trend in China.
The Group will continue to provide services to ALS China’s existing business customers in China including universities and colleges, government bodies, consulting firms, site investigation, risk assessment and remediation companies. In addition, the acquisition will bring extra value to the Group's water and waste management as well as its Water Technologies and Solutions clients by offering comprehensive environmental assessment services as well as the evaluation of odors and volatile organic compounds.
“The Chinese government’s efforts to improve the ecological environment in recent years have strengthened environmental and safety standards. We recognize how data obtained from analytical testing on the environment can positively impact human health. I am convinced that ALS China business portfolio is a great complement to SUEZ’s existing business in China. The synergies we foresee between the two businesses, as well as the opportunities to extend the value chain on an integrated platform to customers, are tremendous.” said, Steve Clark, CEO of SUEZ Asia.
1 ALS Analytical Testing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. was a subsidiary of ALS Limited, a global leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification solutions. Its laboratory in China was first established in 2004. ALS Group's core business in China includes environmental testing services for contaminated land, solid waste, wastewater, groundwater and air. The company oversees more than 1500 testing parameters, including organic pollutants, metals testing, inorganic testing, air sampling and on-site monitoring. In China, ALS has worked in the site investigation and remediation markets for 15 years.