GBA Continues on its Growth Course by Entering the Food Analysis Market in Austria

Hygienicum Institut für Mikrobiologie & Hygiene-Consulting is Joining the GBA Group

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The GBA Group, one of the leading German analytical laboratories and service providers in the fields of food, environmental, and pharmaceutical analysis, is continuing along its striking growth trajectory and expanding its service portfolio in the food industry in Austria with the majority acquisition of Hygienicum Institut für Mikrobiologie & Hygiene-Consulting GmbH (Hygienicum), located in Graz. By taking this step, the GBA Group strengthens its market position in Austria, expands its international laboratory network to 18 locations, and lays the foundation for expanding its business activities into southeast Europe.

Hygienicum, founded in Graz in 1994, is one of the leading laboratories and providers of consulting services for the food industry and trade in Austria. With around 80 employees, its domestic and international customers know that Hygienicum stands for high quality services in laboratory analysis, R&D support, as well as consulting in the field of industrial hygiene and marketability.

Mark Piekereit, Co-CEO of the GBA Group Food Division says: “With the merger of Hygienicum and the GBA Group, both companies can expand their service portfolios, expertise, and their access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Moving forward together, this offers us the potential to provide our customers with even more comprehensive support.” Dr. Michael Stelzl, Hygienicum CEO and partner, adds: “Having the GBA Group by our side opens up exciting opportunities for us now to expand together even further into neighboring markets.” Dr. Stelzl will retain his function as CEO and significant partner of Hygienicum. Dr. Alexander Friedrich, partner of Quadriga Capital Eigenkapitalberatung GmbH, explains the dynamic development of the GBA Group: “With Hygienicum joining the GBA Group, this is now the seventh time since 2016 that an innovative and fast-growing company, along its management, has become part of the GBA family. This once again solidifies the appeal of GBA – which is propelled forward every day by the actions of all GBA employees – as a trusted partner with a unique symbiosis of institutionalized processes, strong entrepreneurial management, and a shared drive for success.”

The transaction is still pending the approval of the responsible government authorities.
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