AKRON, OH – The Smithers Group has announced the acquisition of Pira International. Pira is a leading provider of independent, knowledge-based information and testing services to clients in the packaging, paper and print industry and their supply chains.

Headquartered in Leatherhead, UK, Pira International was founded in 1930 and most recently was owned by BASF. Pira employs approximately 120 people at five facilities in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Headquartered in Akron, OH, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Viscient, Smithers Pharma Services, Smithers Rapra, Smithers Quality Assessments, iSmithers, and now Pira International and IntertechPira. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. For more information, visitwww.smithers.com.