Intertek Launches First South Asia High Tech Furniture Lab in India
Lab to evaluate quality and life-cycle of furniture to European and US Standards
January 18, 2016
Gurgaon, India - Intertek, a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, announces the launch of its first South Asia furniture lab in Gurgaon, India. The state-of-the-art lab has been designed and developed with a focus on serving the Indian furniture market, following international standards. Mr. John Qin, Senior Vice President, Global Hardlines, Intertek, Mr. Anil Kumar, Chairman Intertek India and Mr. Manish Kumar, Regional Director, Softlines, Intertek South Asia inaugurated the lab.
The high-tech furniture lab in Gurgaon will apply current and upcoming test standards and protocols associated with safety, durability, performance and flammability for a broad range of furniture items for commercial and residential use. The core function of the lab will be to access the performance of furniture in four major categories: domestic furniture; office furniture; storage furniture; and beds and mattresses.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Mr. John Qin, Senior Vice-President, Global Hardlines, Intertek said, “As a leading quality solutions provider, Intertek will provide European and US standards testing facility in India in order to ensure quality supply meets the ever rising demand of the furniture market in India. This is a significant step towards our commitment to India as we look forward to a great start in the New Year.”
“Combining international reach with local expertise, Intertek offers detailed knowledge of global and local legislation plus market conditions within the furniture industry. With its vast network of offices, laboratories and centers of excellence strategically located around the world, Intertek is able to offer full service testing capabilities to meet the global needs of its customers” commented Mr. Rajesh Saigal, EVP, South and South East Asia, Intertekfor the new facility.
According to a report by Market Reports on India, the country’s furniture market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 26 percent from 2014-19, with home furniture the biggest contributor. Over the next five years, the Indian furniture market is expected to experience increasing consolidation due to growing entry of international companies as a result of the government’s 100 percent foreign direct investment approval into the country’s furniture industry. Currently the Indian furniture market is estimated to be worth US $1.8 billion, with most of the wooden furniture being imported.
Intertek is a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide. From auditing and inspection, to testing, training, advisory, quality assurance and certification, Intertek adds value for its customers by helping improve the quality and safety of their products, assets and processes. With a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 38,000 people in more than 100 countries, Intertek supports companies’ success in the global marketplace, by helping customers to meet end users’ expectations for safety, sustainability, performance, integrity and desirability in virtually any market worldwide. Visit www.intertek.com.
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