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30th Anniversary >> 30 Years of Testing for Life >> A Better Life for Everyone

Celebrating the vision of a better life for everyone

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Eurofins is 30 years young in 2017 and we believe that’s a good reason to celebrate. But we’re not just marking the passage of time. We’re recognising what we’ve achieved over the past three decades, and the difference we make every day.

We’re paying tribute to all the remarkable people who have contributed to our success story.

And we’re celebrating the vision of a healthy and safe life for everyone on earth – and our contribution in making that a reality.

One breakthrough technology was at the start of the Company that became the global name for testing for life

From the beginning, Eurofins was driven by a passion to use cutting-edge science to improve safety and verify the authenticity of the products we consume. In 1987 Gilles Martin purchased the rights to ground-breaking testing technology developed by Gérard and Maryvonne Martin, professors at the University of Nantes. This used Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to detect whether sugar had been added during the wine-making process to increase the alcohol content. In the following years, the patented SNIF-NMR® technology was applied to fruit juices, natural flavours and other non-alcoholic beverages, picking up sophisticated frauds that traditional testing methods failed to detect. Indeed, even 30 years later, the SNIF-NMR® technology has not been equalled for detecting certain types of adulteration and still generates about €1 million annual revenues. Ever since, Eurofins has often been the first in the world to develop new testing technologies that have a positive impact on day-to-day life.

1987-1997 The start-up phase
In 1987, the Company was founded and purchased the rights to ground breaking testing technology SNIF-NMR®, which could detect whether sugar had been added during winemaking. In 1988 and 1989 the technology was used to verify the origin and purity of other products, including fruit juices and natural flavours.
1997-2001 Expanding the technology portfolio
In 1997, our IPO in Paris helped fund our rapid geographic expansion. The strategy was to join forces with the best laboratories, with the brightest talent and most exciting technologies, in order to build a leading position in core markets - Food, Pharma and Environment testing. By 2001, we were present in eight countries and had a network of more than 50 laboratories.
2002-2004 Establishing the infrastructure
This was a period of foundation building, developing the infrastructure to support growth and improve service to customers. Bigger and more productive sites were developed, allowing Eurofins to drive higher sales and margins through economies of scale while a unified IT platform provided a logistical advantage for this now global business. Despite our rapid growth, we retained a start-up’s passion for innovation and ground breaking science by structuring our laboratories as centres of excellence, nurturing talent and funding research.
2005 onwards Becoming a global reference
We are continuously expanding our global network, both through acquisition and by seeding our own greenfield laboratories to match customer demand. By the end of 2017 we will have launched 100 start-up laboratories in five years. We now operate over 400 laboratories across six continents, with a product portfolio of more than 150,000 methods and over 30,000 employees.