SNC-Lavalin acquires Groupe Techmat

    MONTREAL, Feb. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce that
its subsidiary, Groupe Qualitas has acquired Groupe Techmat (Techmat), a
company specialized in the materials and geotechnical engineering sectors,
headquartered in Saguenay, Quebec.
    Techmat will add about 80 employees to the ranks of SNC-Lavalin's
Materials & Geotechnical Engineering (Quebec) Division, which already includes
the Qualitas and Terratech work forces. The Division now has almost
500 employees in Quebec.
    "With the acquisition of Techmat, we are not only bolstering
SNC-Lavalin's presence in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean area, we are also
enhancing our resources with professionals who have earned one of the most
enviable reputations in Quebec, and who will further extend the broad range of
services we can offer our clients with the special technologies they have
developed," said Charles Malenfant, Senior Vice-President and General Manager
of the Division.
    "We are particularly proud to be joining the ranks of Qualitas, an
undisputed leader in our fields of activity, and are also very exited to
become part of the great SNC-Lavalin family, one of the world's largest
engineering companies," said Régis Bouchard, President of Techmat. "We believe
this move will provide us with the means to continue expanding our know-how,
and enable us to make the technologies we worked so hard to develop available
to all SNC-Lavalin clients."

    SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) is one of the leading engineering and construction
groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure, and
in the provision of operations and maintenance services. The SNC-Lavalin
companies have offices across Canada and in 34 other countries around the
world and are currently working in some 100 countries.

For further information:

For further information: Media: Gillian MacCormack, Vice-President,
Public Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext. 7354,; Investors: Denis Jasmin, Vice-President,
Investor Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext. 7553,

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