New Year Heralds New Horizons for BSI

By Bsi Group, PRNE
Thursday, January 27, 2011

LONDON, January 28, 2011 - New horizons lie open to BSI and its clients in the New Year. At the
close of 2010, BSI completed the acquisition of partner companies in both
Indonesia and Italy, having set up offices in Qatar and Saudi Arabia earlier
in the year. Driven by its strategy to penetrate new geographies, BSI is
looking to increase its global presence in key high growth economies and
offer local consumers more accessible, region-specific services.

"The fact that BSI's clients are all across the globe has been a major
driving factor behind our international growth strategy," says BSI's CEO,
Howard Kerr. "The ability to serve global and local clients in these
countries in their own language and environment is of the utmost importance
to BSI."

At the close of 2010, BSI extended its presence in Italy and Indonesia
through the procurement of BSS Italia and SMI. Since 2007, BS Services Italia
S.r.l (BSS) has partnered with BSI as one of its key sales agents in Italy
and on 31 December 2010, BSI acquired BSS's certification business. Likewise,
BSI Singapore secured Systems Management Indonesia (SMI) to strengthen its
service capacity for Asian consumers.

These acquisitions will strengthen BSI's working relationship with both
Indonesian and Italian companies while expanding international coverage for
global clients looking to Indonesia and to Italy as potential markets. At the
same time, BSI will also be able to give international credibility to local
clients and open the market to global players with its standards-based
solutions that help companies grow.

"SMI opens the door for exciting opportunities as Indonesia is one of the
largest markets by population and one of the fastest growing economies in the
world," says Howard Kerr. "In addition, Italy is the largest certification
market in Europe, so these two acquisitions strengthen BSI's position in two
key strategic markets." These most recent additions to BSI Group continue its
growth strategy of adding new geographies to its expanding global network.

These latest two acquisitions build on progress earlier in the year, when
the Group expanded its presence in the Middle East. BSI opened an office in
Qatar in order to work alongside Qatar Petroleum, who recently awarded BSI
with its certification contracts for the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 assessments.
Similarly, in 2010, BSI signed a contract with the Saudi Federal Drug
Administration (SFDA) to ensure the safety measures of imported medical
equipment according to international standards. This contract enabled BSI to
set up a new company in Saudi Arabia that would verify the certification of
medical devices.

"The developing nature of the Middle East provides a valuable opportunity
for BSI to expand both its assessment and training businesses, while
introducing testing services and Entropy® Software to consumers in the
region," says Rob Wallis, BSI's EMEA Managing Director.

About BSI Group

BSI Group is a global independent business services organization that
develops standards-based solutions to improve management practices and
promote innovation. BSI can help businesses, governments and other
organizations around the world to raise quality and performance in a
sustainable and socially responsible way. From its origins as the world's
first National Standards Body, BSI Group draws upon over 100 years'
experience to work with 69,000 organizations in 147 countries from its 50
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