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SAI Global Acquires QMI

March 28, 2008
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CLEVELAND-SAI Global has acquired QMI, a North American registration body. The merger fulfils both companies’ strategies of becoming larger global players. The acquisition will benefit QMI-SAI Global customers by providing a wider range of products and services, additional accreditations to benefit global customers and increased auditing base both locally and globally.

This transaction delivers on the company’s strategy to build a truly global management system registration business. Says SAI Global’s chief executive, Tony Scotton, “My colleagues and I are extremely excited about joining with QMI, which we view as one of the most significant strategic events in the development of our global assurance business. SAI will now have the largest market share in the United States, Canada, Australia and Mexico, and significant footprints in Europe and Asia.”

“My colleagues and I are delighted to be joining the SAI Global team,” says QMI President Wendy Tilford. “We chose SAI Global because we see this as the best fit in terms of company origins, culture, shared vision and QMI’s positioning within the expanded enterprise. QMI focuses closely on our vision of performing as the most preferred and respected management systems registrar, and we feel that merging with SAI Global further enables us to fulfill our promise of advancing business excellence to our customers.

“This partnership will benefit our customers, not only in registration, but also in training, business improvement and a variety of other areas. As a combined company we will have access to new products and additional resources for new product development, as well as an extensive audit base, both locally and globally.”

QMI-SAI Global will be preserving QMI as a building block for its growth strategy. The QMI brand will be retained and used in conjunction with SAI Global. QMI-SAI Global will continue to focus in its strongest assets: customer service, experienced audit team and industry-focus expertise.

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