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SGS S.A.

Societe Generale de Surveillance
Company nameSGS S.A.
Company typeSociété Anonyme
IndustryQuality
Founded1878
HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland
Key peopleSergio Marchionne (Chairman), Chris Kirk (CEO), Geraldine Matchett (CFO)
ProductsTesting, inspection, certification
RevenueCHF 4.757 billion (2010)
Operating incomeCHF 836 million (2010)
Net incomeCHF 588 million (2010)
Total assetsCHF 3.981 billion (end 2010)
Total equityCHF 2.108 billion (end 2010)
Employees67,000 (July 2011)

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SGS S.A. (formerly Société Générale de Surveillance) provides inspection, verification, testing and certification services. With more than 67,000 employees, SGS operates of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.

The core services offered by SGS include Inspection Services for the inspection and verification of the quantity, weight and quality of traded goods, Testing Services for testing product quality and performance against various health, safety and regulatory standards, Certification Services to ensure that products, systems or services meet the requirements of standards set by governments, standardization bodies or by SGS customers, and Verification Services to ensure that products and services comply with global standards and local regulations.

Its main competitors are the companies Bureau Veritas, Intertek, TUV Rheinland, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) and Cotecna (in sphere of verification and certification services) and Core Laboratories, Inc. (in sphere of the goods quality and quantity inspection).


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