05 Sep, 2023
Phenna Group
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Headquartered in Nottingham, UK, Phenna Group's aim is to invest in and partner with selected niche, independent Testing, Inspection, Certification and Compliance (TICC) companies that serve a variety of sectors, ensuring customers' peace of mind by delivering first class testing and assurance services. This acquisition is our 4th deal in the Australian metals & minerals market and further augments our Industrials Division.  

Formed in 2008, LabWest was established to meet a need in the Western Australian market for an independent minerals analysis facility.  The managers have combined experience of more than 80 years in the minerals analysis field and worked for a range of major mining companies and commercial laboratories. Their focus is on boutique geochemical analysis, combining a clean environment and careful sample handling practices to give contamination-free preparation and low-detection limit elemental determinations.  The business has an excellent reputation for being at the forefront of innovation and is NATA accredited to ISO/IEC 17025.

Brad Whisson, Managing Director commented, “We are really pleased to partner with Phenna Group.  Making a life changing decision like this takes careful consideration, but since my first meetings with Brett and the wider Phenna Team, they acted with integrity and transparency, confirming we’ve made the right decision.  My team and I are looking forward to the future and excited by the potential to grow our business over the coming years.”

Brett Coleman, Regional MD, Australia said “it is very exciting to welcome Brad and his team to Phenna Group.  Brad has built a great business with specialist capabilities, which will be highly complementary to our existing metals & minerals testing capacity.  I look forward to working with Brad, his team and the rest of our metals & minerals labs to continue to enhance our client offerings’.

Paul Barry, Group CEO of Phenna Group added, "I am delighted to welcome Brad and his team to Phenna Group.  The addition of Labwest really augments our fast growing metals & minerals platform in Australia.  The experienced Labwest team and their niche and differentiated services will be a valuable addition to our current offerings and will add value to new and existing customers.  I look forward to working with Brett, Brad and their team to continue their impressive growth journey.”

Phenna Group were advised by Macpherson Kelley and Pitcher Partners

Labwest Minerals Analysis were advised by Hamilton Locke and Boyce Business Consultants
For further information on Phenna Group, please visit: www.phennagroup.com
For further information on Labwest Minerals, please visit www.labwest.net