29 Nov 2011

After a £1million investment, Intertek officially opened their expanded facilities for life safety and security product testing in Leatherhead, Surrey, UK on Thursday 24th November 2011. Believed to be the largest capital expenditure project of its kind in Europe, the extended facility complements Intertek’s existing Safety, EMC, ATEX and Environmental testing facilities in the town and brings an additional boost to the company’s existing a global network of laboratories.

The ceremony was attended by over 25 specially invited fire industry guests and the ribbon was cut by regional dignitary Councillor Bridget Lewis-Carr, Chairman of Mole Valley Council. Guests enjoyed hot and cold canapés with sparkling wine as well as a private tour hosted by Intertek experts Daniel Griffin, Gordon Ash and Clare Groombridge.

The facility, developed to serve the fire and security manufacturing sectors as they work to comply with the new Construction Product Regulations in the EU and to meet the mandatory requirements of their target export markets further afield, contains:

  • Fire test room for EN 54-7, prEN54-27 and UL268 and CSA
  • Smoke tunnel for EN 54-5/7 and EN 14604
  • Acoustic chamber with internal dimensions of 9m long x 5m high x 5m wide
  • So2 test chamber 980ml
  • 3 x walk in Environmental chambers
  • 6 x 1m cube Environmental chambers
  • 4 x Vibration systems
  • 8 EMC chambers (upto 200V/m between 10kHz – 18GHz)
  • 4 screened rooms

Talban Sohi, UK Director of Intertek Commercial & Electrical Division, said “This new facility not only provides a number of new engineering jobs and apprenticeships for the local community, but it represents our commitment to providing a centre of technical excellence to our UK and European customers and partners in the Fire and Security sector. As well as being a testing and certification facility it has also been designed to allow industry to use it for Research & Development purposes. Together with our ability to recognise manufacturers own test results through the Intertek Satellite program, we believe we offer truly innovative and flexible routes for manufacturers to gain faster access to market for their products. The experts at this site look forward to helping manufacturers meet their obligations under the incoming Construction Products Regulations for Europe and to help them access other international markets, such as North America, with smart and efficient product test and assessment services.”

The facility is located at Unit C, Imperial Park, Randalls Way, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7TS, easily accessible from the M25.

For further information, please contact:

Technical enquiries:
Daniel Griffin, Business Stream Manager, LSS, EMC & Safety, Intertek, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1372 366061 / Mobile: +44 (0)7879 256122 / daniel.griffin@intertek.com

Sales enquiries:
Morten Pedersen, Senior Business Manager Life Safety and Security EU, Intertek UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1372 370900 / Mobile: +44 (0) 7900 938126 / morten.pedersen@intertek.com

Media enquiries:
Natasha Moore, Field Marketing Manager Life Safety & Security, Intertek, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1372 370944 / Mobile: +44 (0)7876 502087/ natasha.moore@intertek.com  

About Intertek’s Commercial & Electrical services
The Commercial & Electrical division of Intertek provides testing and certification services, including product safety testing and certification, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing, performance testing, and management systems certification. These services provide global market access to customers in industries such as Audio and video products, Automotive, Building products, Cables and wiring accessories, Electronics, Gas appliances, Household appliances, HVAC, IT, Industrial machinery, Installation accessories, Lighting, Medical devices, Power supply, Security, Semiconductor, Telecommunications and Wireless technology. Visit www.intertek.com for further information or to contact your local Intertek office.

About Intertek
Intertek is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and 30,000 people in over 110 countries around the world. Intertek Group plc (LSE: ITRK) is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Visit: www.intertek.com