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SGS Group Profile 2013

  1. 1. SUCCESS Group profile 2013
  2. 2. introduction SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 75 000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1 500 offices and laboratories around the world. We provide competitive advantage, drive sustainability and deliver trust. At SGS, we are continually pushing ourselves to deliver innovative services and solutions that help our customers move their businesses forward.
  3. 3. our vision We aim to be the most competitive and the most productive service organisation in the world. Our core competencies in inspection, verification, testing and certification are being continuously improved to be best-in-class. They are at the heart of what we are. Our chosen markets will be solely determined by our ability to be the most competitive and to consistently deliver unequalled service to our customers all over the world. our values We seek to be recognised by our passion, integrity, entrepreneurialism and our innovative spirit, as we continually strive to fulfil our vision. These values guide us in all that we do and are the bedrock upon which our organisation is built.
  4. 4. SMARTER FARMING FROM INNOVATIONS INSPIRED BY NATURE Cobus Burger Managing Director, SGS NviroCrop, Agriculture and Food Services
  5. 5. Established in 1878, SGS transformed grain trading in Europe by offering innovative agricultural inspection services. From
those early beginnings, we steadily grew in size and scope as our agricultural inspection services spread around the world. During the mid 20 th century, we began to diversify and started offering inspection, testing and verification services across a variety of sectors, including industrial, minerals, oil, gas, and chemicals. In 1981, SGS was listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange and forged an unrivalled reputation as the industry leader in finding solutions to the complex challenges faced everyday by organisations. Our consultancy, outsourcing and training services complement our core inspection, verification, testing and certification services in delivering these solutions across all industries. Through our unique global network we deliver independent results tailored to the precise needs of the industry or sector. Our customers trust in our expertise, experience and resources to support them in achieving outstanding performance in everything they do. Today, our focus is on innovative ways to deliver business benefits. This enables us to help our customers improve quality, safety, efficiency, productivity and speed to market, while reducing risk and building trust in sustainable operations.
  6. 6. SGS benefits QUALITY – Our customers rely on our independent third party inspection, testing and auditing solutions to ensure products, services and processes comply with the latest quality standards. Our global network of state-of-the-art facilities provides information to certify and verify quality worldwide. SAFETY – We help organisations develop effective health and safety systems to protect employees, generate consumer confidence and enhance trust in business operations. We support our customers in adhering to best practices and complying with local, national and international regulations. REDUCED RISK – We provide our customers with independent and impartial services that enable them to identify, manage and reduce risk. Our experts deliver risk management solutions, drawing on our testing and inspection capabilities to verify risk prevention measures are in place. Across a wide range of industries we assist with compliance to international risk management standards. EFFICIENCY – Our tailored business solutions help our customers implement processes and systems that make business operations faster, simpler and more efficient. We deliver unrivalled efficiency results from locally accessed SGS experts, who draw on the global experience of the entire SGS network.
  7. 7. PRODUCTIVITY – Our training and outsourcing solutions ensure productivity keeps pace with developments in our customers’ organisations. In the short-term, we help by outsourcing our world-class productivity experts. In the long-term, we deliver focused training to develop specialist skills in our customers’ existing personnel. SPEED TO MARKET – Compliance with the requirements of target markets is key to increasing speed to market. Our consultancy, testing and certification services help our customers overcome the complex challenges of understanding and meeting market demands anywhere in the world, whatever the industry or sector. TRUST – Our global reputation for independence and integrity enables us to build trust wherever needed. We provide transparent and unbiased inspection, testing, verification and certification solutions so our customers can give assurance in their products, processes, systems and services. SUSTAINABILITY – We help our customers take ownership for building a more responsible and sustainable future. We encourage environmental responsibility and reduce the risk of corruption in our customers’ projects. Our services assist in developing sustainable facilities and production, as well as better working and social environments.
  8. 8. IN OUR BUSINESS, INTEGRITY IS EVERYTHING Frank M Langenecker General Manager, SGS Ludwig Group, Industrial Services
  9. 9. SGS by industry AGRICULTURE AND FOOD – Consumers want assurance of safety and quality at every stage of the food production process. Our services build trust, reduce risk and maintain efficiency across diverse agriculture and food supply chains. We offer solutions for agrochemicals, seed, biofuels, fertilisers, food and forestry. Our services protect the integrity of our customers’ brands by assessing quality, adding value and securing safe and sustainable global supply chains. From primary production to the point of processing or custody transfer we assist with legislation compliance, correct storage, shipping, packing and distribution as well as import and export product inspection. AUTOMOTIVE – For governments, manufacturers, traders, financial institutions and insurance companies improving performance and reducing risk in the automotive industry is essential. We guide build quality improvements and verify efficiency is maximised. As a result, reliable vehicles are consistently delivered. We support our customers in achieving shorter delivery times with reduced costs. Our vehicle inspection services increase automotive safety and minimise environmental impact. We ensure brand guidelines are met throughout aftermarket and distribution operations by providing dealership and workshop audits, along with logistics and supply chain security services. Our global network of offices, laboratories and vehicle testing centres offers a truly unique and independent service.
  10. 10. SGS by industry CHEMICAL – The chemicals industry converts raw materials into literally tens of thousands of consumer products everyday. Industrial chemicals companies trust our services to reduce risk and eliminate potential health hazards. We ensure quality in chemical components and the safety and compliance of finished products. Our consultancy services deliver turnkey laboratory design, commissioning and operations assistance in dealing with intricate equipment or logistics. We support our customers in improving productivity and efficiency through our asset integrity management services, optimisation programmes and project lifecycle services. CONSTRUCTION – Safe, efficient and trusted processes are essential when constructing buildings or infrastructure. Our construction industry experience means our customers can minimise environmental impact and public inconvenience. We support our customers in implementing effective scheduling, budgeting, site safety and logistics, plus assist in sourcing quality materials and personnel. We conduct studies in construction feasibility, risk assessment and management. Our services ensure quality in global supply chains by performing chemical and physical testing of materials. Our asset management system tracks machines and equipment, while our inspection services provide facility, waste and energy audits.
  11. 11. CONSUMER GOODS AND RETAIL – Our services enable manufacturers, importers, exporters and retailers to gain a competitive edge. We ensure trusted, ethical and environmentally conscious goods such as food, electronics, textiles, toys, footwear and housewares reach consumers. Our laboratories conduct material and functionality testing to verify and certify that products perform as our customers claim. We inspect processes at every stage of production and undertake retail store audits to ensure our customers’ brands are represented correctly. We help our customers develop products, processes and supply chains that consumers trust everyday. ENERGY – Across all operations the energy sector has to meet regulations, consider safety and limit environmental impact. We support the energy sector with a comprehensive range of independent inspections and audits across the petroleum, gas, electrical power, coal and renewable energy industries. We reduce risk in all operations from exploration to decommissioning for the oil, gas and coal industries. In renewables, we consult on sustainability across hydroelectric, wind and solar power. Our expertise maximises productivity and increases efficiency in sales and distribution processes. Through our solutions we help the energy sector innovate to find tomorrow’s energy, today.
  12. 12. SGS by industry FINANCial – Trust in the viability of an investment or lending decision is critical before investing or borrowing on
a new project, acquisition or venture. Our due diligence services reduce risk in a project’s development phase, while in the implementation phase we provide comprehensive monitoring, technical and financial risk management services. We provide assurance through guarantee, collateral and trade documentation services. With knowledge of national and international standards and legislation we can accurately evaluate our customers’ lending options and support their project finance decisions. INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING – Our expertise allows manufacturers to improve productivity, follow best practices and streamline operational processes or logistics. Industrial manufacturers, from pharmaceuticals to farm machinery and aerospace to automotive, trust in our independent testing and conformity services. Our advice on the fabrication of components along with our finished product assessments enable our customers to achieve performance standards throughout manufacturing. We support manufacturers in meeting all national and international quality, health and safety legislation, at the same time as providing advice on minimising environmental impact.
  13. 13. LIFE SCIENCES – In the pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices industries products must conform to all national and international regulations, as well as industry best practices. Our services enable high quality, safe and compliant products to reach the market in the shortest possible timescales. We provide vital support and expertise for medicines and medical devices throughout every stage of development, testing, production and distribution. With the largest network of contract analytical laboratories in the world and state-of-the-art clinical trials facilities our customers trust in our expert knowledge to support them with reliable results. LOGISTICS – Making the process of freight forwarding by sea, rail or road as productive and efficient as possible is the goal of any logistics service. Our customers look to us for innovative solutions for plant and terminal operations. We provide international customs data exchange and support cargo, vessel and import controls with interconnected processes. Our services assist import and export controls, terminal manning and weighbridge management services. We streamline our customers’ operations through our audit, certification and training services in order to improve efficiencies.
  14. 14. SGS by industry MINING – We act as a strategic partner in the mining industry, providing testing, technology and trade solutions. Our services promote growth and deliver efficiencies across exploration, production, industrial applications, decommissioning and closure. We offer technical advice in steel manufacturing processes and act as a strategic partner in coal and coke trading. We also help to maximise profits in precious or base metal mining or extraction. Our consultancy services deliver transparent and unbiased support in new technologies and accurate data to track the progress of projects. OIL & GAS – Access to independent expertise in both the upstream and downstream sectors is key to maximising the value chain in this sector. Our customers in the oil and gas industry trust our dedication to quality and safety. We provide tailored solutions for exploring, extracting, refining, transporting and marketing oil, oil sands, gas, or other hydrocarbons. Our specialist advice and knowledge supports upstream activities such as applied mineralogy, metering, measuring and hydrocarbons allocation. Our downstream services support distribution and retail as well as the design and execution of optimisation processes
and global trade inspection.
  15. 15. PUBLIC SECTOR – Public sector organisations require solutions designed to work in harmony with the processes and policies they already have in place. Our unrivalled border control services for scanner installation, transit monitoring and risk profiling support the public sector in reducing risk worldwide. Our e-government solutions enhance international trade and revenue processing. We improve public infrastructure through independent road safety services that increase the efficiency of transportation systems. Our customers trust in our knowledge of quality, health, safety and environment issues to comply with complex regulations. We improve quality and maximise productivity across the public sector.
  16. 16. business review 2012 Revenue by business GIS 4.6 % AGRI 6.6 % AUTO 5.1 % MIN 15.6 % ENVI 5.8 % OGC 18.7 % IND 16.1 % LIFE 3.6 % SSC 7.1 % CTS 16.8 % Revenue by region Asia Pacific 28.5 % Europe / Africa /  Middle East 47.1 % Americas 24.4 %
  17. 17. financial highlights from 2012 5.6 16.3 556 total revenue in CHF billion total revenue up in % net profit for the year in CHF million 18 acquisitions 30 proposed ordinary dividend in CHF 176 total cash consideration in CHF million for the acquisitions 28 proposed additional dividend per share in CHF
  18. 18. SAFETY WITH PRODUCTIVITY, IT MUST BE CHEMISTRY Paul Pui Business Manager, SGS Environmental Services
  19. 19. contact us SGS SA 1 place des Alpes P.O. Box 2152 1211 Geneva 1 Switzerland t +41 (0)22 739 91 11 e Contact SGS Investor & Media Relations: e Learn more at
  20. 20. © SGS Group Management SA – 2013 – All rights reserved – SGS is a registered trademark of SGS Group Management SA.