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SGS Opens Consumer Testing Lab In Bangladesh

Switzerland-based SGS Consumer Testing Services has opened a consumer testing laboratory in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The lab provides inspection and audit services, training and consulting, and physical and chemical quality testing services using state-of-the-art equipment to the area's many apparel manufacturers so they may comply with international standards and regulations such as Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH), the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and other regulations required for doing business in Europe and the United States.

"Both physical and chemical tests will be performed in the lab and SGS has plans to make more strategic expansion to include testing and processing for the leather and footwear industry," said Pradit Young Pan Chai, Asia Pacific regional manager, SGS.

The company officially celebrated the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and guided laboratory tour. More than 150 guests attended the event including representatives from the SGS Group, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Chittagong Port Authority, Custom House, Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution, Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority, and the Bangladesh Environmental Authority.

Nasir Uddin Chowdhury, first vice president, BGMEA, said the lab will help ensure sustainable growth, playing a vital role in developing business both in Chittagong and the entire country. New Export Processing Zones will be created by the Bangladeshi government to further encourage business.

"I am very pleased with this new laboratory," said Ariel Miranda, managing director, SGS Bangladesh Ltd. "It is in line with our Consumer Testing Service strategy to increase SGS' geographical footprint in Bangladesh. We will leverage our Chittagong laboratory within our Bangladesh and global network, and then further expand our service offerings in Chittagong."

February 26, 2013