April 1, 2008 — /PRNewswire/ — WEST CHESTER, PA — VWR International, LLC, a leading global laboratory supply company, today announces that it has acquired Jencons (Scientific) Limited, a UK scientific laboratory supply distributor.
Jencons is one of the UK’s largest suppliers of laboratory equipment and consumables with 110 employees. Based in the UK, the company also has operations in Ireland, Kenya, and North America. The Company has annual revenues of approximately $46 million.
Manuel Brocke-Benz, VWR senior vice president and managing director of european operations, says, “Jencons’ product line is an ideal complement to VWR’s expertise in chemicals, consumables, and life science products. Their emphasis on instrumentation and equipment will enhance our product and service offerings to our customers in the UK and Ireland and provide an even more attractive platform for our suppliers.”
About Jencons Scientific
Founded in 1946 as a family owned and operated business, Jencons (Scientific) Ltd. is a distributor of laboratory equipment and consumables. Following the acquisition of the Prior Laboratory Supplies Ltd business in the UK in 1997, the company continued to build on its technical strength in equipment and instrumentation sales and more recently opened facilities in Dublin, Ireland and Nairobi, Kenya. Jencons launched its liquid handling range in 1962 and today distributes these products globally.
About VWR International, LLC
VWR International is a leading global laboratory supply company with worldwide sales of $3.5 billion. VWR International’s business is highly diversified across products and services, geographic regions, and customer segments. The company offers products from a wide range of manufacturers to a large number of customers primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia. VWR International’s principal customers are major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, industrial, and government organizations as well as universities and schools. The company distributes a diversified product mix, including chemicals; glassware and plasticware; equipment and instruments; furniture; protective apparel; production and safety products; and other life science and laboratory products and supplies. It supports its customers by providing storeroom management, product procurement, supply chain systems integration, technical services, and laboratory benchtop delivery. VWR International maintains operations in over 20 countries and employs over 6,500 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in West Chester, PA.