AKRON, OH, USA – December 2, 2010 – The Smithers Group announced today the acquisition of Pira International. Pira is a leading provider of independent, knowledge-based information and testing services to clients in the packaging, paper and print industry and their supply chains.

Headquartered in Leatherhead, UK, Pira International was founded in 1930 and most recently was owned by BASF. Pira employs approximately 120 people at five facilities in the UK and the US.

“Pira represents a tremendous strategic fit for Smithers”, commented Michael Hochschwender, President and CEO of The Smithers Group. “We have long respected the Pira organization and we are excited about what this acquisition means for our clients in terms of the expanded service offerings they will see from both Smithers and Pira.” Mr. Hochschwender added.

Recognized globally for its information services, Pira provides strategic and technical consulting, intelligence and events to the packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. It helps business leaders world-wide make well informed market and technology decisions. Through the IntertechPira brand, it provides similar added-value insights to niche, emerging and high growth industries including lighting and displays, clean energy, home and personal care, industrial biotechnology, performance materials and chemicals. Many information services clients also participate in the eleven industry membership programs offered by Pira.

Pira’s testing services help clients in the packaging, paper and print industry and their supply chains throughout the product lifecycle to evaluate product performance and manage compliance. Expertise includes molecular migration, materials selection, packaging conversion and performance in distribution and use. For more information, visit
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Viscient, Smithers Pharma Services, Smithers Rapra, Smithers Quality Assessments, iSmithers, and now Pira International and IntertechPira. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. As a group the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long term growth. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products, by utilizing testing, consulting, information and compliance services. All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions. For more information, visit 

About Other Smithers Group Companies:

Smithers Rapra is the global leader in rubber, plastics, polymer and composites testing and consulting services focused mainly on the tire, industrial, transportation, consumer and medical industries. Smithers Rapra encompasses what was previously Smithers Rapra Technologies, established in the United Kingdom in 1919 and Smithers Scientific Services, established in the United States in 1925. For more information, visit or

Smithers Quality Assessment is an accredited third-party registrar. Since 1993, Smithers Quality Assessments has provided quality and environmental management system certification services such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and related standards to manufacturing companies and service providers. For more information, visit

Smithers Viscient, formerly Smithers Springborn, is a global Contract Research Organization (CRO) for the crop protection, pharmaceutical, industrial chemical, and consumer household industries. With laboratories in North America and Europe, and additional offices in Asia, Smithers Viscient has performed standard guideline and higher-tiered environmental studies for over 40 years. Our studies satisfy all major regulatory requirements. Services include ecotoxicology, avian toxicology, environmental fate, metabolism, residue, analytical and product chemistry, consulting, and endocrine testing, including in vitro toxicology, in vivo toxicology, and in vivo ecotoxicology. For more information, visit

iSmithers evolved from the information division of Smithers Rapra in 2008 after delivering 30 years of knowledge transfer solutions. It serves a global academic and industrial market with polymer, chemical, pharmaceutical, ecotoxicology and life-science related knowledge and information products and events. These include a wide range of technology and market-based journals and books, national and international conferences, polymer technology training courses and electronic web and database products. For more information, visit

Smithers Pharma Services provides formulation services, analytical chemistry, and pre-clinical and clinical bioanalytical testing, while offering further drug development support through in-house storage stability studies. Smithers Pharma serves the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consumer healthcare industries, delivering a broad portfolio of services to help clients move their drug products through the full drug development process, from pre-formulations to market registration. For more information, visit

About Pira International

Pira International is the worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print industry supply chains
Established in 1930, Pira provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance.

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