By opening an office in China the UK-based company will allow it to directly support the growing local pharmaceutical laboratory network, providing technical and logistical advice in the local language.
LGC has offices throughout Western Europe and representatives in Central and Eastern Europe, the US and joint-venture in India and has now identified China as the next location for its international expansion.
Matthias Brommer, director of LGC Standards, said: “The opening of our first Chinese office clearly demonstrates that LGC Standards is committed to providing global quality management solutions for laboratories worldwide.
“Our Chinese team will focus on supplying laboratories in the pharmaceutical, environmental, food, industrial and forensic sectors with reference materials and proficiency testing schemes to support laboratory quality.”
From the office LGC will provide a range of products and services for measurement and laboratory control, such as reference materials and proficiency testing.
LGC believes that by improving the supply of reference materials and proficiency testing schemes to Chinese laboratories it can help the country meet international standards.
In addition LGC has indicated that it is keen to partner with local businesses on future projects and will use the office as a base for establishing these relationships.
The office will be managed by Chen Hong, with Frank Lai joining the company to provide specialist pharmaceutical knowledge.