Bracknell lab testing company acquires Cardiff counterpart, its second purchase this year

Cawood Scientific

Cawood, the UK’s largest independent provider of analytical laboratory testing services for the land-based industries, has acquired agrochemical and household pesticide testing and development centre i2L Research Ltd, including its divisions in Spain, the US and the Czech Republic.

The purchase price was not disclosed.

Simon Parrington, Cawood Group CEO, said: “i2L Research is an ideal strategic fit with Cawood. Our vision is to become the global partner of choice for value added analytical testing, monitoring and insight. This extension to our geographical spread and testing capability will enable us to meet a wider proportion of our customers’ needs for regulatory studies.’

i2L will sit in Cawood’s Science business unit, alongside Mambo-Tox, the Southampton-based terrestrial ecotoxicology research facility. Both businesses operate to GLP standards, with Mambo-Tox testing for toxicity of plant protection products and biocides, whilst i2L Research tests for efficacy. The addition of i2L Research’s five locations in Cardiff, Newcastle, the Czech Republic, Spain, and Baltimore, USA, will open up larger European and American markets, allowing customers worldwide to source the vast majority of their contract research requirements from Cawood.

Dr Peter McEwen, Chief Executive Officer of i2L Research, said: “We looking forward to working with Simon and the team to drive the future of our company. Our business has grown quickly in recent years, and the backing of Cawood puts us in a strong position to continue that growth. Both companies are aligned in terms of our vision for the future and our culture and values. This, along with our complementary services, made Cawood an obvious partner for us.’

Simon Parrington added: ‘We are delighted to welcome Peter, Catherine, Pavel, Roger, Edwin and their teams to Cawood. i2L Research has an excellent reputation and I am sure our customers will benefit from the additional capability this acquisition brings to the Group.’

This is the second acquisition of 2021 for the Cawood Group, following the recent purchase of The Environmental Laboratory Ltd from Sigma-HSE Ltd. The Group was formed in 2006 and has grown rapidly through its strong relationships with customers, its ongoing investment in people and equipment, and the acquisition of businesses that complement or expand its services.