Phytocontrol, a group of private and independent French laboratories, leader in water and food safety, inaugurated on Tuesday, November 27, the extension of its central laboratory.
A laboratory of 4000m2 in total
Phytocontrol is adding 1000m2 to its central laboratory in Nîmes to support its development dynamics (30% growth per year) on agri-food and hydrological analyses. Since this summer, this wing has been home to analytical production and all research and development services.
Supported by the Region, the State and Nîmes Métropole, this new building of nearly 2.5 million euros brings the total area of the analysis center to 4000m2 within the Georges Besse II Scientific Park. This state-of-the-art ISO 14001 technical platform is accredited on all analyse programs developed, BPL certified and approved by the Ministries of Health and Environment.
Recently, the entire analytical park (LC-MS/MS) of the laboratory was renewed; Phytocontrol has invested more than 2 million euros in 2018 in this cutting-edge technology.
"With this expansion, we have a greater analytical capacity; In addition, thanks to our constant innovation requirement, we are constantly strengthening and adapting our historical know-how and core business," comments Eric Capodanno, Scientific Director of Phytocontrol.
70 institutional guests and historical partners attended the event
The extension of the laboratory was inaugurated under the aegis of Carole Delga, President of the Occitanie Region, Yvan Lachaud, President of Nîmes Métropole and all the financial, institutional and industrial partners of Phytocontrol.
"We are proud to welcome to our premises the partners who have supported us since our beginnings, to show them our latest generation facilities and to share with them our enthusiasm and our projects for the future ", declared Mikaël Bresson, President of Phytocontrol Group .
Indeed, it was an opportunity to recall the loyalty of Phytocontrol to its territory of Gard and particularly to the city of Nîmes where the laboratory has always been established and intends to develop there: by 2021, Phytocontrol aims to create in the Gard, a major European center of expertise on the authenticity of food.
In the even nearer future, the group plans to set up a BTS training focused on controls and analyzes, in collaboration with the Occitanie Region, the Rectorate, the CCI of Gard, Nîmes Métropole and the laboratories of the major industries in the Gard, in order to fill the fifty or so open positions each year, in particular within the framework of the development of the hydrology department involved in regional and national monitoring plans.