Smithers to buy ESG from Covance
The US consulting and testing company, the Smithers Group (Akron, Ohio), has agreed to acquire the UK contract research firm, Environmental Sciences Group (ESG - Harrogate, North Yorkshire), from US company Covance Laboratories (Princeton, New Jersey). ESG provides a range of environmental testing services for agrochemicals, along with regulatory affairs and project management. It will become part of Smithers’ environmental services arm, Smithers Viscient (Wareham, Massachusetts). The purchase is expected to enhance the latter’s global business, particularly in Europe and Asia. The May 2nd deal is due to be completed in 30 days.