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SGS Vostok Limited, the Russian subsidiary of the SGS Group (Switzerland) announces that starting from July 1, 2008 the company’s structure has been complemented by Baikal Branch with regional centre in Chita. Viktor Kuznetsov has been appointed as the Branch Manager.

Today, SGS Vostok Limited operates a network of about 50 offices and laboratories covering all the territory of the Russian Federation and relating to one of the six branches depending on geographic location: Central Branch (with regional centre in Samara), North-West Branch (centre in St. Petersburg), South Branch (centre in Novorossiysk), Siberian Branch (centre in Novokuznetsk), Far East Branch (centre in Nakhodka) or Baikal Branch (centre in Chita).

The operational office of SGS Vostok Limited in Chita was created in Spring 2007 in the framework of the Siberian Branch with the objective to launch a geochemical and metallurgical facility. Since this facility’s launch date in October 2007 its staff has grown up to 130 employees, for some processes three-shift working regime has been implemented, significant financial results have been achieved. Moreover, the stock of orders is being actively reinforced, the count is continuously growing, new lab equipment is being purchased to increase capacity. To optimize business processes the company’s management decided to reorganize the Chita office into an independent Branch - the Baikal Branch.

The Baikal Branch Manager Viktor Kuznetsov started his career in SGS in 1992 as an inspector in Tuapse (South Russia). During the 17 years spent in the company on various positions Viktor revealed himself as an energetic and purposeful manager considered an authority by his subordinates and colleagues. Before re-locating to Chita in November 2007, for almost three years Viktor was head of Minerals Services in South Branch of SGS Vostok Limited.