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Intertek Group plc
Public limited company
Traded as LSEITRK
Industry Testing
Founded 1888
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people
David Reid (Chairman)
Wolfhart Hauser (CEO)
Revenue £2,184.4 million (2013)[1]
£342.6 million (2013)[1]
£217.0 million (2013)[1]
Number of employees
35,000 (2013)[2]

Intertek Group plc is a multinational inspection, product testing and certification company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.


Intertek can trace its origins from a marine surveying business formed by Caleb Brett in the 1890s, a testing laboratory formed by Milton Hersey in Montreal in 1888 and a lamp testing centre established by Thomas Edison in 1896.[3] These businesses were all acquired by Inchcape during the 1980s and early 1990s.[3] In 1996 Inchcape Testing Services was acquired by Charterhouse Development Capital and was renamed Intertek.[3] The Company was divested by Charterhouse in 2002 when the business was first listed on the London Stock Exchange.[4] In April 2010, Intertek acquired Ciba Expert Services’ Environmental, Safety, & Testing and Regulatory businesses, including Cantox Health Sciences (Cantox) and Ashuren Health Sciences (Ashuren).[5] Intertek acquired Moody International in March 2011[6]

The testing and inspection sector is going through a period of consolidation and Intertek has made bolt-on acquisitions on a regular basis in the 2010s. Its key competitors include Bureau Veritas and SGS S.A..


The company is the largest tester of consumer goods in the world and has a network of more than 1,000 laboratories across around 100 countries.[7]

In 2011 Intertek launched a new initiative called iSupplier Intelligence (ISI), which in 2012 was changed to Tradegood.

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  1. ^ a b c Preliminary Results 2013
  2. ^ Intertek: About us
  3. ^ a b c Intertek: History
  4. ^ False data charges threaten Intertek flotation The Independent, 22 September 2000, Retrieved 25 March 2012
  5. ^ Intertek Buys Ciba Expert Services Division Presswire, 7 April 2010
  6. ^ Intertek buys Moody International for £450m The Telegraph, 8 March 2011
  7. ^ Armitstead, Louise (23 April 2009). "Intertek shares soar on speculation of bid from Swiss rival SGS". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 

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