Intertek Group plc, UK, announced plans to acquire Alchemy Systems, Austin, Texas, from The Riverside Co., New York.

“We are delighted to join the Intertek Group,” says Jeff Eastman, chief executive officer of Alchemy. “Intertek’s global presence and deep expertise in total quality assurance will enable us to expand our solutions and further accelerate our international growth.”

Intertek’s 43,000 employees in 100 countries provide assurance, testing, inspection and certification services across a range of industry sectors.

Alchemy’s technology solutions and expertise will strengthen Intertek’s total quality assurance proposition with the expansion of its global assurance business into people assurance, helping companies mitigate safety risks and increase operational effectiveness through effective training, communications and operational programs.

“Alchemy’s unique focus on frontline workforce training is critical for safety and operational execution,” says André Lacroix, group CEO for Intertek. “Our combined solution will provide companies with a higher level of quality assurance and with greater peace of mind.”