UL Acquires ICQ Global, Extends Global Reach For Toy, Softlines And Consumer Product Testing
Relied upon by many of Europe's top consumer brands and retailers, ICQ Global performs electrical, chemical, physical, flammability, microbiological, and other performance tests to assure product conformance to national and international consumer standards. ICQ Global tests a wide variety of products, including toys, promotional products, textiles, cosmetics, food contact material, construction products, furniture, packaging materials, paints and varnishes.
"By joining UL, our people and customers will benefit from deeper expertise, more services, and a broader reach across the world and the consumer product value chain," said Natale Consonni, president of ICQ Global. "This is an exciting time for our organization, and for our customers seeking even greater differentiation and market access."
"ICQ Global is a highly impressive company that has built strong bonds with its customers through integrity, technical acumen and excellent customer service," said Sajeev Jesudas, president of UL Verification Services. "As we advance our commitment to delivering trust and assurance throughout the consumer product supply chain, ICQ Global is both a great strategic and cultural fit."ICQ Global becomes UL's fourth quality assurance testing acquisition in the past year. The Quality Assurance (QA) business of STR Holdings joined UL in August 2011, followed by Bangladesh-based Magnus Textile Services and Germany-based eco-INSTITUT earlier this year.
ICQ Global is recognized as an approved testing laboratory by numerous national and international bodies across Europe, the United States (CPSC), Brazil (CGCRE), Hong Kong (HOKLAS) and others. ICQ Global will continue to operate from its facilities in Italy and Hong Kong.
Posted on August 7, 2012