Exova Group plc, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, has acquired Jones Environmental Forensics Ltd (Jones), a North Wales-based independent environmental laboratory business. Jones is the UK’s market leader in contaminated land analysis and a specialist in environmental forensics, with an excellent reputation for both quality and service.

Jones has built a strong reputation as the laboratory of choice for contaminated soil and water analysis, primarily selling its services to leading global environmental consultants, with the ultimate end customers often including major oil and petroleum producers and international mining companies. The business has a team of over 150 specialists and achieved revenues of around £8m in 2015.

Paul Barry, managing director of Exova, Europe, said: “This acquisition complements our existing operations by significantly enhancing Exova’s technical expertise in infrastructure and environmental services and provides the foundation for further growth in the UK and internationally. Adding Jones to our portfolio demonstrates our commitment to providing more technically demanding services and cements our position as one of the UK’s leading environmental testing and analysis businesses.”