Certification firm SGS eyes expansion

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THE world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company is planning an expansion in the Philippines, with the goal of doubling its presence in the country by 2020, company officials said on Wednesday.

With “Double 2020,” SGS is embarking on a five-year growth plan that aims to increase investment in the Philippines 20 percent year-on-year.

“That means doubling the company in five years. So, we are increasing investment in the Philippines through acquiring more people, diversifying our services, increasing our geographical presence in the country,” Ariel Miranda, managing director of SGS Philippines, said at a press conference at the Marriott Hotel on Wednesday night.

“So, at the moment we only have offices and laboratories in Makati, one in Subic, one in Cebu, and planning to expand further south like in Mindanao and probably further north, like in Baguio,” he added.

For the next five years, the company will invest more base on the demand, Miranda said.

After operating for more than 60 years in the country, SGS is reaffirming its commitment for a sustainable partnership, the company said.

“Our business is to ensure that your business is 100-percent sure of its quality, safety and productivity,” Miranda said.

“We are here to assist and our services ultimately lead to better products and services for every Filipino,” he added.

SGS’s most recent project was a P20-million investment in Antibiotic Residue testing services. This makes SGS the first to provide local commercial access to quantitative analysis on food samples, including seafood, meat and poultry.

Very small quantities of antibiotic residues that may be undetected can now be identified and monitored by its latest LC-MS/MS equipment because of its high sensitivity level, the company said.

With the proliferation of premium products for young children and cosmetics/personal care products for all ages and gender, SGS said it is also committed to support the government and consumer protection groups in its pursuit to detect products which contain hazardous chemicals such as lead, mercury, phthalates and others considered harmful to health.

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