Industry News: LGC strengthens presence in reference standards market with acquisition of TRC

The acquisition of Toronto Research Chemicals brings wide breadth of synthetic and analytical chemistry capabilities

12 Aug 2019


LGC has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Toronto Research Chemicals (“TRC”), a leading manufacturer and supplier of synthetic organic bio-chemicals which are used as reference standards, research tools and building blocks by a highly diversified global customer base across the pharmaceutical, applied and research sectors. 

TRC has a leading market position supported by an extensive product portfolio with over 46,000 compounds held in inventory and a wide breadth of synthetic and analytical chemistry capabilities. Founded in 1982 by David and Charles Dime, TRC has over 375 employees and operates from c.120,000 square foot of space across two manufacturing sites in Toronto.

The acquisition of TRC complements LGC’s existing reference standards business, which includes the MikromolTM and Dr EhrenstorferTM product portfolios, and provides commercial and operational opportunities to develop the combined product and service offering to customers globally.  

TRC’s Chief Executive Charles Dime will remain a significant shareholder alongside LGC.

Euan O’Sullivan, Managing Director, LGC’s Standards division, said: “We are delighted to partner with TRC to deliver the next phase of growth in the business and expansion of capabilities in Toronto. We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with TRC and this transaction strengthens our presence in the reference standards market, in particular in North America and Asia Pacific, as well as our ability to serve pharmaceutical and biotech customers. As we start combining our teams, we look forward to providing an extended portfolio of reference standards, research tools and building blocks to our customers around the world.” 

David and Charles Dime, Co-Founders, TRC, said: “We are excited to be partnering with LGC and continuing to provide our customers with high quality products and services. Over the years, we have built a strong reputation as a supplier of choice for customers globally and look forward to strengthening our capabilities and product offering alongside LGC.” 

TRC was advised by Cain Brothers, a division of KeyBanc Capital Markets, Perella Weinberg Partners, Dentons and Torys. LGC was advised by PwC and Torkin Manes.

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