About AGQ Labs
AGQ Labs is a Chemical Technological Center based on a testing laboratories, advanced analysis and specialized chemical engineering. We offer high value solutions and services to the Agronomic, Food, Environmental, Mining and Health & Safety sectors. It is a mix of technology (Analytical Chemistry) and specialized sector knowledge (Applied Chemical Engineering).
Technological platform for global solutions
Through our laboratories equipped with the most advanced technology and our highly qualified staff, we have developed technical activities in the Agri-food, Environmental, Mining and Industrial sectors.
Our specialization and analytical skills have allowed us to offer services as a control laboratory, allowing us to offer specialized consulting in several sectors. We also offer inspection services and technological outsourcing in those processes that require a high attention and analytical specialization. AGQ Labs is a link between technology and knowledge, between analytical chemistry and field application.
Over the years AGQ Labs has expanded into various strategic areas of the world. Today AGQ Labs has presence in more than twenty countries with advanced technological support, one of these countries is South Africa.
Our network of laboratories has all the capabilities to perform the most complex tests in all matrix types. Our differentials reside in:
- All our laboratories are equipped with the most modern analytical instruments
- International accreditations
- Quality of results
- Fast response
- BeSafer: online platform to consult results
From the beginning our vocation has always been a proactive attitude to the needs of our customers. This is why we do not just receive samples and deliver analytical results. The professionals who work in our laboratories, have a special experience in approaching projects that, finding bases on analysis and innovation, open new horizons of work. We come to the root of the problem so that we can bring the most innovative, differentiated and redefined solution for our customers.
On many occasions a correct environmental analytical evaluation or an alimentary characterization passes through a preventive phase of inspection and sampling. AGQ Labs specializes in this type of work and is totally independent. These inspections and sampling are carried out according to ISO-17020 accreditation if there are regulatory requirements, or following a standardized internal work procedure.
An integral part of our company model is to give equal importance to both our testing laboratories and to our specialized consulting branch within the different areas in which we work. For this reason, the analysis itself is nothing more than a source of information starting from which, through a correct technical interpretation, we give a high value service to our customers. Agronomists, geologists, environmentalists, chemists with different specializations, biologists, pharmaceuticals, etc., conform a multidisciplinary network that interacts with itself, continuously generating a form of knowledge and high competence.
AGQ Labs in South Africa
AGQ Labs is a world-leading laboratory and technology center. With more than 20 years of experience in advanced analysis, agronomic consulting, specific engineering and projects in the environmental field, it offers scientifically proven benefits, sustainability and solutions to world-leading manufacturing companies and agricultural, food, environmental, mining and industrial sectors.
AGQ Labs is a leader in the sustainability of a quality agricultural production. We provide advice on more than one million hectares worldwide and work with some of the largest producers, exporters and multinationals, with specific results on citrus fruits, olives, avocados, berries, dried fruits, table grapes, fruit trees, products from vegetable garden, etc.
Our global presence - more than 20 countries - is backed by an efficient logistic and ISO 17025 accreditation system. This is why we are able to work with customers located anywhere, offering specialized services for specific needs.
- Gas chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (GC-TQ - MS/MS)
- Liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-TQ - MS/MS)
- Gas Chromatography Coupled with Mass Spectrometry Option Twister (GC-MS-TW)
- Gas chromatography coupled with scanning mass spectrometry and trapping (GC-MS-P&T)
- Gas Chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS)
- Gas Chromatography coupled to a flame ionization detector (GC-FID-HS)
- High Resolution Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
- Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
- Optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES)
- Ion chromatography
- Continuous Mass Spectrometry with Flow Segmentation (CFA)
- Atomic absorption
- Nitrogen analyzer
- Sulfur analyzer
- Specific ion electrometry
- UV / Vis spectrometry, TOC (Total Organic Carbon) and Toxicity Analyzer
- Microwave digestion
Our laboratory is equipped with all the necessary instruments to carry out all types of microbiological tests, both in water and in food, soil or organic matter.
The instrumental techniques used in the Environmental Radioactivity Laboratory to determine the different natural radionuclides are:
- Proportional counter of gas flow
- Liquid micro-flake counter
- Alpha spectrometry
- Laboratory percolation/flooding columns
- Pilot Scale Percussion/flood columns
- Axial stirrers
- pH and redox titrators
- Humidity cells for mineral weathering
Mining and metallurgical laboratory
- Flotation mineral concentration cell
- Multi-leaching agitators
- Flotation equipment by foaming
- Complete mixing stirrers
- Pilot settlers
- Pressure filters
- Primary and secondary crushers
- Disc mills
Quality & Certifications
All our laboratories have the highest level of national and international approvals for testing laboratories (ISO 17025), in addition to other approvals and authorizations, such as the certification for the achievement of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP).
- UNE-EN-ISO/IEC 17025 for laboratory analysis (AGQ Labs Spain)
Maximum accreditation for testing laboratories at international level, granted by the Spanish National Accreditation Body (ENAC). Soil, vegetable, water, fertilizer and pesticide residue analyzes fall within the scope of application.
- ANS/ISO/IEC 17025 for laboratory tests (AGQ Labs Spain)
Accreditation for testing laboratories, granted by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) for pesticide residues, dithiocarbamates, histamines, mycotoxins in foods, microbiological tests in water and food.