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VWR International, LLC Expands European Portfolio With Acquisitions Of Labonord SAS And Switch BVBA

RADNOR, Pa., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VWR International, LLC, a leading global laboratory supply and distribution company, announced today that it has acquired Labonord SAS and Switch BVBA, expanding the company's cytology and histology portfolio in Europe.

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Based in Lille, France, Labonord is an independent supplier of consumables and chemicals and also represents a number of leading suppliers of histology products in France. Belgium-based Switch, a manufacturer of cytology and histology reagents and dyes, produces products under the Q-Path brand which are distributed through Labonord and an independent distribution partner and sold to customers in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

"Labonord and Switch are recognized nationally throughout France and Belgium as trusted brands in the histology and cytology field," stated Manuel Brocke-Benz, CEO, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of European Operations. "This acquisition will enable VWR to expand its histology and cytology portfolio in these regions and provide opportunities to offer the Q-Path product across Europe. We welcome the Labonord and Switch teams to the VWR organization."

Financial details of this acquisition remain confidential.

About VWR International, LLC

VWR International, LLC, headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, is a global laboratory supply and distribution company with worldwide sales in excess of $4.1 billion in 2011. VWR enables the advancement of the world's most critical research through the distribution of a highly diversified product line to most of the world's top pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as industrial, educational and governmental organizations. With over 150 years of industry experience, VWR offers a well-established distribution network that reaches thousands of specialized labs and facilities spanning the globe. VWR has over 8,000 associates around the world working to streamline the way researchers across North America, Europe, and Asia stock and maintain their labs. In addition, VWR further supports its customers by providing onsite services, storeroom management, product procurement, supply chain systems integration and technical services.

For more information on VWR, phone 1-800-932-5000, visit, or write, VWR, Radnor Corporate Center, Building One, Suite 200, 100 Matsonford Road, Radnor, PA 19087.

VWR and design are registered trademarks of VWR International, LLC.

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