Freddy Fernandez appointed Country Manager for Mexico

May 2nd, 2012


We are pleased to announce that Freddy Fernandez has rejoined our Acme team as Country Manager – Mexico, effective February 16, 2012.

Freddy has over 25 years of industry experience working with CIMM, Inspectorate Americas and Acme. Previously worked for Acme from 1995 to 2008, Freddy was an important member of the Acme team first as Fire Assay Supervisor in Acme Chile, later as Branch Manager in Acme Brazil and finally as Branch Manager in Acme Mexico. Freddy rejoins the Acme team after taking on the positions of Geochemical Business Manager for Inspectorate Americas in Argentina/Brazil in 2009 and most recently, FA Lab Supervisor for CIMM TyS in Antofagasta, Chile.

Reporting directly to the Global Sample Preparation Manager, some of his new responsibilities will include overall management of existing and future Mexican prep facilities and overseeing the general expansion of business in Mexico.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Freddy back into the Acme family and giving him our support in this new position.

President’s Message to Our Clients

February 23rd, 2012

To all our valued customers;

On Sunday February 19, 2012, at the AcmeLabs shareholders meeting, 131 employee shareholders and one founding shareholder (Mr. Dean Toye) voted unanimously to accept the purchase offer of Bureau Veritas.

Today (February 23, 2012), Bureau Veritas (BV) has announced the purchase of AcmeLabs.

Over the past several years AcmeLabs has had many suitors, so why Bureau Veritas? There are several key reasons beyond price, that the Acme shareholders believe were important in this decision;

  • The AcmeLabs name will remain in place for at least several years;
  • The AcmeLabs management and employees will remain;
  • AcmeLabs operations will continue as is, but with further investment and new locations;

However, in addition;

  • AcmeLabs senior management will take on senior roles within the BV Minerals division;
  • AcmeLabs analytical product line will be expanded and offered on a truly global basis;
  • BV is committed to large additional investments in AcmeLabs. This investment and growth would not be possible otherwise;

It became clear as we negotiated with Bureau Veritas management, that they understood the uniqueness of AcmeLabs.  It is this unique approach to personal service, the value of customers and employees, and the personal involvement of senior management that BV wants to capture and expand upon. Bureau Veritas believes as we do, that this is a superior business model.

This does open a new chapter for AcmeLabs, but an even more exciting and vibrant one where you can be sure that we are still here working to provide the best service and the best analytical products in our industry.

Our careers have been spent building many personal relationships and we value these relationships greatly. I assure you, we are thinking about you, our customers in this process. Please come by our booth at the PDAC in Toronto. We will be happy to discuss our plans further.



George Cartwright
President, AcmeLabs

BUREAU VERITAS completes the acquisition of AcmeLabs

February 23rd, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           

BUREAU VERITAS completes the acquisition of AcmeLabs.


VANCOUVER, BC –  Bureau Veritas has completed the acquisition of AcmeLabs today. Headquartered in Vancouver, AcmeLabs has state of the art mineral testing facilities and is one of the largest multi-element geochemistry laboratories in the world.

AcmeLabs is the number 3 player in upstream minerals testing in Canada. With this acquisition, Bureau Veritas now has a stronger business position in the burgeoning Canadianmarket, and continues to develop its global position in Metals & Minerals (M&M) with a full representation in key global mining hubs in Australia, Canada, South America and South Africa.

Founded in 1971 and headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, AcmeLabs provides a full range of sample preparation, assaying and geo-analytical services. The company operates a total of 29 testing and sample preparation laboratories in 12 countries, mainly in North and South America and has 978 employees. AcmeLabs operates testing laboratories where it uses cutting edge technologies including Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES), ICP-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), and X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF). Acme’s revenue for the fiscal year ending March 2012 is poised to exceed €55 million (CAD$72 million).

The management and employees of AcmeLabs are excited and proud to join the Bureau Veritas Group of companies, and will greatly contribute to the Bureau Veritas strategy for the geochemical testing market. AcmeLabs joins a global team with the resources and infrastructure necessary to rapidly expand Acme’s client centred approach to the wider market.

Bureau Veritas and AcmeLabs have highly complementary activities and locations in services related to Metals & Minerals. This acquisition enables the Group to create a Global Centre of Excellence in minerals testing, located in Canada, one of the largest producing countries in the world.  It also enhances Bureau Veritas’ minerals footprint in South America and provides synergies that will improve operating efficiency.   Through network optimization, the leverage of Acme’s ‘hub & spoke’ operations model, and a broader range of technical expertise, the Group will be well positioned to offer best in class service to the minerals industry.

About Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is a world leader in conformity assessment and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 52,000 employees in 940 offices and 340 laboratories located in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performances by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

Bureau Veritas is listed on the Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 (Compartment A, code ISIN FR 0006174348, stock symbol: BVI).


Appointment of new Country Manager-Argentina

January 5th, 2012

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Oscar Torres as Country Manager, Argentina, effective January 1st 2012. Oscar will be directly responsible for all of our operations in country. He brings a wealth of experience in the construction and management of sample preparation laboratories in places as diverse as Colombia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic for AcmeLabs. He will be based out of our laboratory in Mendoza. We wish Oscar every success in this exciting role.

Geoff Woodfield
Vice President
AcmeLabs, SA

AcmeLabs Increases North American Position

December 22nd, 2011

Alfred H Knight (AHK) and Acme Analytical Laboratories Ltd (AcmeLabs) are pleased to announce the completion of the sale and purchase of assets in the AHK’s (geochem) analytical laboratory in Fairbanks, Alaska and the exploration sample preparation facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

These additions are a significant step in strengthening of AcmeLabs position in North America. The deal allows both companies to focus on their core competencies and, in the case of AcmeLabs, will further enhance coverage and service.

Ms. Terri-Lynn Ferguson, Quality Systems Manager will lead the AcmeLabs transition team with the support of Mr. Gary Short previously of AHK. Fire assay operations will continue uninterrupted in the Fairbanks facility under the technical support of Mr. David Kwok who will also help train staff on the AcmeLabs Enterprise Management System (AcmeEMS™). Mr. David Rootham (Regional Manager, Alaska and Yukon Territory) will assume regional responsibility for the Fairbanks facility and Mr. Steve Samotowka will provide support and staff training for the South Carolina facility. AcmeLabs is now the only laboratory in the Yukon/Alaska region to provide full local fire assay capabilities. The Fairbanks analytical laboratory is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited facility providing dedicated geochemical services to the mining industry.

AcmeLabs is an international laboratory focused entirely upon the minerals testing business. Since inception in 1971, AcmeLabs has been recognized as one of the leading geochemical and assaying laboratories worldwide. AcmeLabs is an employee-owned business operating in 29 offices in 12 countries.

For almost 130 years, Alfred H Knight (AHK) has been at the centre of the metals and minerals industry, providing experienced, professional and reliable technical services in chemical analysis, inspection and mine support. AHK is an independent market leader with offices and laboratories placed strategically in the world’s major mineral and metal sourcing and consuming locations.

For further information please contact:
Rick McCaffrey
Business Development Manager

Acme Featured in Madencilik Türkiye

September 12th, 2011

Acme’s new facility is Ankara Turkey was recently featured in the Mining Turkey magazine Madencilik Türkiye.  The article overviews Acme’s large presence in Turkey with the biggest precious metals lab in Eastern Europe.

Read the Article (Note: In Turkish only)

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