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York EMC Services joins Eurofins Group

Posted on 7 July 2017

York EMC Services (YES), a subsidiary of the University of York, has been acquired by Luxembourg-based analytical services provider Eurofins Group.

YES was formed in 1995 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of York and has developed into a leading provider of regulatory compliance products and services in both the UK and overseas. 

It has laboratories in Grangemouth in Scotland, Castleford near Leeds and Yate near Bristol, as well as an office on the University of York campus.
The company was established out of industrial consultancy and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) work undertaken by researchers in the University’s Department of Electronic Engineering through the York Electronics Centre.
The work expanded with the introduction of new international legislation on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) in the early 1990s and the independent company was established with seven staff.
The synergy and close collaboration between the commercial activity in the company and the research activity in the Electronic Engineering department contributed greatly to the strength, reputation and progress of both.
York EMC reamins a world recognised name in both academic and industrial circles where EMC continues to be crucial in device and system designs, from PCs to aircraft.
The Eurofins Group is a leading provider of analytical services with an international network of over 310 laboratories across 39 countries in Europe, North and South America and Asia-Pacific.  It employs over 28,000 staff.
Eurofins Product Testing Lux Holding SARL has acquired the entire share capital of York EMC Services (YES) Ltd from the University of York. The acquired business will continue to be known as York EMC Services.
Nick Wainwright, chief executive of YES, said: "YES has grown rapidly over the last five years and we have made significant investments in our laboratories and our products and services.
"By joining the Eurofins family, we can ensure that this momentum is maintained and that our business continues to develop so that we are even better able to meet the global regulatory compliance needs of our customers in the future."
Vice President of Consumer Products Testing at Eurofins, Stephane Barrau, added: “We are very pleased to welcome York EMC Services to the Eurofins Group. York EMC Services provides Eurofins with a very good entry into the E&E testing market in the UK and reinforces our footprint in Europe after the recent acquisition of the Swiss leader Electrosuisse E&E Product Testing.
“We are looking forward to contributing to, and strengthening York EMC Services’ position in its market, as well as expanding the portfolio of tests it offers to customers by offering the full range of services and capabilities of the Eurofins network.“
The University of York were advised by a legal team from Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP in York, led by corporate partner Philip Ashworth and comprising Grace Howell and Fiona Philips. Eurofins were advised by a team from JMW Solicitors in Manchester comprising Damien Brown and Monika Terefenko.

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