VWR International is a leader in the global research laboratory industry with worldwide sales of $3.0 billion US dollars. VWR's business is highly diversified across a spectrum of products and services, customer groups and geography. The company offers more than 750,000 products and services, from more than 5,000 manufacturers, to over 250,000 customers throughout North America and Europe. VWR's primary customers work in the pharmaceutical, life science, chemical, technology, food processing and consumer product industries. Other important customers include universities and research institutes; governmental agencies; environmental testing organizations; and primary and secondary schools. VWR International affiliates operate in 18 countries and employ approximately 6,000 people. The company's mission is to deliver excellence in the distribution of scientific supplies.