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Intertek Opens UK’s Largest Textile Testing Lab

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Quality solutions specialist Intertek opened the United Kingdom’s largest one-stop textile testing facility Friday.

Following the renovation and expansion of the company’s 30-year-old location in Leigh, near Manchester, the facility now houses a fabric flammability laboratory and a chemical test center as well as upgraded inspection capabilities, all under one roof.

According to Intertek, the improved facility will help support the U.K.’s international manufacturers and retailers with fast and efficient quality and performance assurance, testing, inspecting and certification services, including flammability, fire analysis and chemical testing on textile goods spanning sportswear and protective clothing to fashion apparel and children’s clothes, shoes and footwear.

This is something the British Retail Consortium has emphasized as necessary, in the past stressing that product quality and safety are of the utmost importance to ensuring and maintaining a high level of consumer confidence.

“I fully support what Intertek have done here. By creating a world class facility in Leigh, Intertek is bringing more businesses from across the world to the North West of England, helping to support local jobs and build business. I am proud to open this modern new facility which maintains a link with Leigh’s past in textiles,” said Andy Burnham, MP for Leigh and the shadow home secretary, who opened the site on Friday.

An apprenticeship scheme will also be introduced at the center.

“This new center of excellence will support our U.K. customers’ design and quality processes, enabling them to meet their customers’ quality and safety expectations and to protect their global brands,” Rob van Dorp, chief executive of Interek in the U.K. and Ireland, added.

Intertek has a network of more than 1,000 labs and offices in more than 100 countries worldwide. Earlier this month, the company announced it would begin offering a series of activewear testing solutions to cater to the steadily increasing demand for workout wear.

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