06 July 2021
Cawood acquires i2L Research Ltd
CAWOOD, the UK’s largest independent provider of analytical laboratory testing services for the land-based industries, has acquired agrochemical and household pesticide testing and development centre i2L Research Ltd, including its divisions in Spain, the US and the Czech Republic.
i2L will sit in Cawood’s Science business unit, alongside Mambo-Tox, the Southampton-based terrestrial ecotoxicology research facility. Both businesses operate to GLP standards, with Mambo-Tox testing for toxicity of plant protection products and biocides, whilst i2L Research tests for efficacy. The addition of i2L Research’s five locations in Cardiff, Newcastle, the Czech Republic, Spain, and Baltimore, USA, will open up larger European and American markets, allowing customers worldwide to source the vast majority of their contract research requirements from Cawood.
Chief Executive Officer of i2L Research, Dr Peter McEwen, said he was looking forward to working with the Cawood team to drive the company forward.
"Our business has grown quickly in recent years, and the backing of Cawood puts us in a strong position to continue that growth. Both companies are aligned in terms of our vision for the future and our culture and values. This, along with our complementary services, made Cawood an obvious partner for us," he said.
Cawood Group CEO, Simon Parrington, said: "i2L Research has an excellent reputation and I am sure our customers will benefit from the additional capability this acquisition brings to the Group.’
This is the second acquisition of 2021 for the Cawood Group, following the recent purchase of The Environmental Laboratory Ltd from Sigma-HSE Ltd. The group was formed in 2006 and has grown rapidly.