Intertek provides Electrium Sales Ltd Labs with Industry-Leading ASTA Recognised Test Laboratory status

Certification enables Electrium to perform ASTA recognised testing for low voltage products & electrical wiring accessories in-house

January 24, 2020

(Manchester, UK) Intertek, a Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, has approved leading UK electrical group Electrium’s Hindley Green and Wythenshawe laboratories as Recognised Test Laboratories (RTL) for ASTA certification. On this basis, Electrium is now accredited to perform ASTA recognised testing for low voltage (LV) products and electrical wiring accessories in-house.

Electrium Sales Ltd. is a manufacturer and supplier of electrical installation equipment, offering a broad range of low voltage products and electrical wiring accessories and is part of Siemens’ global network. The partnership with Intertek offers Electrium a unique opportunity to obtain certification from a leading provider of Total Quality Assurance solutions. The ASTA Mark also demonstrates that Electrium’s product and manufacturing processes have been rigorously assessed by an independent, third party, accredited Certification body.

ASTA Certificates and reports are internationally recognised and will help to ensure continued market access for Electrium in the Middle East, a key market for the company. The Middle East region has seen a significant increase in product conformity requirements, with the introduction of the Gulf Mark for the Gulf region, KUCAS for Kuwait, SASO and ECAS Certification. Under the Recognised Test Laboratory Scheme (RTL) programme, which includes quarterly inspections and annual auditing from Intertek, manufacturers can qualify to use test results from Recognised Test Laboratories as part of the compliance process.

Bruce McGill, Vice President of Global Certification for Electrical at Intertek: “At Intertek, we are committed to providing innovative, end-to-end Total Quality Assurance solutions to our customers as they develop new products and grow their businesses. Intertek's RTL scheme gives manufacturers control of their product testing and we are therefore delighted to have granted Electrium with ASTA Recognised Test Laboratories Status and look forward to supporting the business as it accelerates its product delivery and gains access to new markets”.

Jim Currie, Head of Operations at Electrium: “Ensuring the ongoing safety and quality of our products and enhancing our brand is crucial and being able to support our product ranges with the correct certification and accreditation across global markets. After investigating which certification could offer our customers increased confidence in our products’ safety, we pursued the ASTA Mark Recognised Test Laboratory (RTL) route to enable us to perform accredited testing in-house. We aspire to lead the way with product safety and help establish a better standard in the UK. Intertek’s ASTA Mark enables us to offer our customers enhanced quality assurance and confidence in our products’ safety.”

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About Intertek

Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 46,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers’ operations and supply chains. Intertek Total Quality Assurance expertise, delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion, enabling our customers to power ahead safely.

About ASTA

Intertek ASTA (Association of Short Circuit Authorities) is a founding member of the Short-Circuit Testing Liaison (STL) and has held the secretariat of the STL since its inception in 1969. With over 80 years’ experience in the testing and certification of low-high voltage electrical components and equipment, ASTA is known worldwide as a hallmark of quality and excellence.

The ASTA Mark reinforces a manufacturer’s declaration that their product meets applicable national and international safety standards and demonstrates commitment to making high quality products. It can also be complemented with international certification marks under the CB and ENEC schemes for region specific approvals and is widely used to support declaration of conformity and technical file activity required when CE Marking for the European region.

About Electrium

Electrium is a UK based electrical installation equipment manufacturing and supply company. Electrium joined the Siemens family in January 2006 and became part of their global network.

Electrium offers a broad range of Low Voltage installation products from a simple light switch to the main switchgear in an industrial installation. The company employs around 400 people in manufacturing operations in the UK and South Africa, and other markets, producing electrical installation products for the UK and international markets.

Electrium brings together four of the electrical industry’s most impressive and established brands, Crabtree, Wylex, Volex Accessories and Appleby. Electrium’s leading brands have a combined legacy of over half a century and are renowned for their outstanding quality, safety excellence and excellent value for money. Specified worldwide, products are designed to satisfy the needs of specifiers, wholesalers, contractors and end-users in domestic, commercial and industrial markets alike.