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Intertek showcase £1million test facility at Firex 2011

Published on 12 July 2011
Intertek logo, the company specialise in a wide range of fire detection products
Intertek commend Firex for its bringing together of fire industry leaders and innovators

Global Testing and Certification Body, Intertek revealed the first glimpse of their new £1million life safety product test facility, currently being developed in Leatherhead, Surrey. 

As a European Notified Body under the Construction Products Directive for over 20 standards, mostly within the EN 54 series, Intertek have been actively working within in the Life Safety & Security industry since 2009 - specifically with fire detection products such as panels and smoke alarms, heat detectors, power supplies, VACIE, speakers, sounders and wireless devices.

Intertek’s new purpose-built facility to test life safety and security equipment for Europe and North America, is currently under development in Leatherhead and is believed to be part of the largest investment of its kind in Europe. The first glimpse of this new centre for technical excellence in fire safety will be revealed at booth 3G75 at the International Firex Exhibition, ahead of its gala opening this  Summer. Once complete it the site will include:


Fire test room for EN 54-7 and UL268 and CSA
·         Smoke tunnel for EN 54-5/7 and UL (coffin)
·         Acoustic chamber with internal dimensions of 9m long x 5m high x 5m wide
·         SO2 test chamber
·         2 x walk in Environmental chambers
·         Vibration and shock tables
·         Training and conference rooms

Head of Life Safety & Security in the UK, Daniel Griffin said “We’re thrilled to unveil the first look at our new testing facility at Firex – its an event that brings together sector leaders and innovators and we believe they’ll be interested in a new, local facility that delivers faster testing and certification turn-around times – whether its for market access into North America and Canada or to meet the refined CE Marking requirements of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) for Europe.

Many companies in the fire safety sector are concerned about compliance with the new  CPR and what their obligations actually are; and now  there will be a new centre of excellence where they can get help. During the show, we also have technical industry experts Clare Groombridge and Gordon Ash at the booth offering regulatory advice and guidance on the CPR and helping visitors get to grips with the requirements of US product listings.”


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