SNC-Lavalin acquires Laboratoire Sol et Béton



    MONTREAL, July 29, 2008 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce
that its subsidiary, Groupe Qualitas, has acquired Laboratoire Sol et Béton
L.S.B., a firm specialized in material and geotechnical engineering, based in
Quebec City since 1973.
    With some 50 employees, Laboratoire Sol et Béton L.S.B. has just joined
the ranks of SNC-Lavalin's Materials and Geotechnical Engineering Division,
which now employs over 600 people in Quebec.
    This acquisition enables SNC-Lavalin, already a major player in
engineering in the Quebec City region, to expand the range of services it
provides to its clients.
    "The acquisition of Laboratoire Sol et Béton L.S.B. is a further step in
our development strategy in Quebec," said Charles Malenfant, Senior
Vice-President and General Manager of SNC-Lavalin's Materials and Geotechnical
Engineering Division and President of Groupe Qualitas. "We are expanding our
resources by including the skills of specialized professionals and
technologists who enjoy an excellent reputation not only in Quebec City, but
also throughout the region."
    "We are proud to be joining SNC-Lavalin and Groupe Qualitas, an
undisputed leader in our areas of activity," said Ronald Blackburn, President
of Laboratoire Sol et Béton L.S.B. "We believe that this new direction will
offer us new business opportunities and enable us to grow and provide a
broader range of services for our clients. We are also assured that this
transaction will be highly advantageous for all our staff."

    SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) is one of the largest engineering and construction
groups in the world as well as a major player in infrastructure ownership and
operations and maintenance services. The SNC-Lavalin companies have offices
across Canada and in over 35 other countries, and currently have operations in
about 100 countries. www.snclavalin.com




For further information:

For further information: Media: Gillian MacCormack, Vice-President,
Global Public Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc, (514) 393-8000, ext 7354,
gillian.maccormack@snclavalin.com; Investors: Denis Jasmin, Vice-President,
Investor Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc, (514) 393-8000, ext 7553,
denis.jasmin@snclavalin.com


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