After experiencing negative impacts due to sluggish oil, gas and mineral markets in 2015 and working on recovering revenues in 2016 (see IBO 7/15/17), publicly held contract testing labs ALS, Eurofins and SGS were back on track in 2017 to deliver strong revenues across their business segments. Through acquiring companies, making divestments and investing in startups, ALS, Eurofins and SGS generated significant gains in revenue last year, especially in the environmental, food and agriculture testing segments. ALS and Eurofins' revenues increased in the double digits, while SGS revenues rose less than 10%. Nonetheless, revenues for ALS, Eurofins and SGS are on an upward trajectory, as each fo the three testing companies are in the middle of a specific multi-year strategic growth plans. Contract testing labs have a global presence and offer broad testing services, which establish them as an important customer base for analytical instrumentation and lab product companies. Through acquisitions, consolidations and operational changes, the business activities of contract testing labs are influential in deciding on the purchase, utilization and application of analytical instruments and lab products.