Spanning over 1,300 square meters (roughly 14,000 square feet), the new laboratory expands the region’s capacity to test textiles, footwear, accessories and other products for compliance with a variety of safety and performance-related requirements. Through a formal agreement with leading Vietnamese laboratory Quatest III, UL will now serve as a partner to local Vietnamese and multinational manufacturers that want to integrate themselves into global supply chains.
“Vietnam’s leadership has likewise committed to a path of reforms—administrative, regulatory and trade—that provide a strong foundation for innovation and entrepreneurism to flourish,” said Keith Williams, chief executive officer of UL and U.S.-ASEAN business council chairman. “UL is pleased that investments and partnerships such as this one will help accelerate the Vietnam manufacturing base’s overall contributions to global trade and supply chains.”
The opening of UL’s new lab followed the organization’s recent acquisition of U.S.-based Consumer Testing Labratories (CTL), which expanded its international consumer testing services. In collaboration with Quatest III, UL will provide technical training to Vietnam’s manufacturers and boost capacity for better compliance.
“We have seen an increased need in global consumer testing services and strategically, we want to be where our clients need us to be,” said Sajeev Jesudas, president of UL’s consumer business. “Vietnam is an essential country to be in as we expand our footprint for consumer testing services in the ASEAN region.”