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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Buyers Approved Textile Testing Laboratories

Most of the Garments and Textile industries around the world are 100% export oriented. They export their textile and garments products to other countries. While trendy designs and incomparable colors may preliminary sell a garment, it’s final the quality and safety that will confirm customer loyalty, generate repeat business, and maintain a brands value. That is why like other products, before exporting Textile Manufacturing Companies should have their testing reports to make sure of their qualities. So the manufacturers have to send their products sample to the third party laboratories to get their products certificate for exportation. These third party labs should be Buyers Approved. There are many third party labs around the world which are buyer approved. Such as Bureau Veritas, SGS, ITS etc.

Textile Testing Labs

The Following Labs Deliver Various Types of services like Auditing, Certification, Classification, Consulting, Inspection, Outsourcing, Quality Assurance and Quality Control, Testing and Analysis, Training, Constructions and Engineering, Food and Health Care, Transportation, Agriculture, Chemicals etc. but I’ll just discuss the Labs summary and TextileTesting
  • SGS
  • Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Intertek Testing Service (ITS)
  • Modern Testing Services (MTS)
  • TÜV Rheinland.
  • UL
  • Consumer Testing Laboratories (CTL)
SGS is the world’s leading Inspection, Verification, Testing and Certification Company. It’s headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.  Now has more than 85,000 employees and operates over 1,800 offices and laboratories worldwide. Its total revenue in 2015 was 5.412 billion Swiss Franc.

It provides services like Audit, Certification, Consultancy, Inspection, Outsourcing, Testing, Training, and Verification. It provides services to Agriculture & Food, Automotive, Aviation, Chemical, Construction, Consumer Goods & Retail, Energy, Finance, Industrial Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Logistics, Mining, Oil & Gas sectors.

SGS provides a wide range of services to the Textile and Apparel sector of the Softline and Accessories Industry. SGS services in the Textiles and Apparel sector include:
  • Audits and certification
  • Eco-design
  • Inspection
  • Testing                                
Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Service Ltd.
Bureau Veritas was founded in 1828 and is called the world leader in Certification, Inspection and Testing services. It’s headquarter is in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France. At the end of 2016, the group has more than 67,000 employees in more than 1,400 offices and laboratories located in 141 countries. The total revenue of this company was near about 4.6 billion Euros in 2015.

It provides the services like Auditing, Certification, Classification, Consulting, Inspection, Outsourcing, Quality Assurance and Quality Control, Testing, Analysis and training. The Large or small organizations like Aerospace, Agriculture and Food, Automotive, Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Construction and Real Estate, Government and Public, Industrial and Manufacturing, Marine, Mining, Oil and Gas, Power generation, Retail and Consumer Goods, Transport and Infrastructure can rely on Bureau Veritas to support them in protecting their respective brands, assets and business.

Bureau Veritas provides all types of Textile and Apparel testing services like Physical, RSL, Colorfastness, Dimension, Appearance, Flammability, Fibre and all relevant tests on items ranging from fabric samples to finished products for all age grades like Active wear, Swimwear, Beachwear, Exercise wear, Outerwear, Casual and Formal dresses, Trims and Accessories, Care labeling etc.

Intertek Testing Service
Intertek is the trusted provider of quality and safety solutions for many of the world’s leading brands and companies. It’s headquarter is in London, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1888 and now it has more than 40,000 employees in 1,000 locations in over 100 countries. In 2015 its total revenue was 2.167 billion Euros.

It provides services like Inspection, Product Testing and Certification. It provides services to Chemicals, Constructions and Engineering, Energy and Commodities, Food and Healthcare, Government and Trade, Products and Retail, Transportation sectors.

Intertek’s tailored solutions help brands, retailers and manufacturers of Textile, Apparel and Home Textile by ensuring the products performance, safety and quality. Intertek’s services in the field of Textile and Apparel are listed below:
  • Accessory Testing
  • Active wear Testing
  • Apparel Testing
  • Auditing and Systems Certification
  • Care Labeling
  • Chemical Smart Screening
  • Children’s Textile and Apparel Testing
  • CPSIA Testing
  • Footwear Testing
  • GB 18401 Testing
  • Softlines Testing
  • Trim Qualification Programme
Modern Testing Services
Modern Testing Services is a global and strategic partner for rapid, exact and cost effective quality assurance execution in the consumer products industry. MTS Headquarters, Eden Prairie, Minnesota U.S.A. MTS provides the services like Hazardous Chemical Management, Hardlines Testing, Softlines Testing, Toys, Arts and Craft Testing, Factory Compliance Audit and Inspection.

MTS has mass capabilities to cover such the areas like bulk fabric, preproduction garments, and children’s sleepwear testing. MTS also provides testing service for Home Textiles, Curtains, Bedding, Upholstery and many more. In addition with physical, RSL and Colorfastness it also provides testing services for performance and special claims. The most common testing criteria for Textile and Clothing are listed below:
  • Fibre Labeling
  • Care labeling and Care Label development
  • Performance abrasion and pilling
  • Seam strength tests
  • Colorfastness evaluations
  • Dimensional stability, Skewness, Stretch and Recovery
  • Fabric constructions, Fibre ID and Fabric weight
  • Flammability
  • Specials claims like Waterproof, Wind proof, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial
TÜV SÜD is one of the world's leading technical service organizations was founded in 1866 and Headquartered in Munich, Germany. Today it has more than 24,000 employees across more than 800 locations in the world. It has earned 2.2 billion Euros in 2015.
TÜV SÜD is a third party service corporation focusing on consulting, testing, certification and training. The most common testing features for Textile and Clothing are listed below:
  • California Proposition 65
  • Chemical Testing
  • Flammability
  • GB Testing
  • REACH Testing
  • RSL
TÜV Rheinland
TUV Rheinland was founded in 1872 and has grown from a local testing organization into one of the world’s leading testing service providers. Now days the company conducts with own companies globally. It is working for the quality and safety with new technologies in new sectors. The company has a workforce of 19,300 people in 69 countries all around the world. It has earned 1.88 billion Euros in 2015.

It provides services in the field of Construction and Real Estate, Consulting, Information Security, Education and Personnel, Management system, Materials Testing and Inspection, Occupational Safety and Health, Plants and Machinery, Product Testing, Vehicles and Traffic.

Today, near about 7,000 chemicals are used in textile and apparel, including dyeing agents, anti-creasing agent, or even to protect against mold during transport. It ensures the quality of products with their lab testing services. They have also an accredited auditing body which inspect and certify textiles for harmful substance content and any physical, qualitative characteristics.

UL is the first global exclusive safety science company that has gained progress for more than 120 years. It has more than 11,000 employees are trained by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. Its core services are certification, testing, inspection, advisory and education.

UL quality assurance specialists are partner with textile and Clothing companies to address product regulatory requirements, performance and quality through textile testing and analysis. The most common testing features for Textile and Clothing are listed below:
  • Performance and Special Claim related tests
  • Physical and Mechanical testing
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Flammability
  • Home Textiles
  • Accessories
  • China GB testing
  • Fibre Analysis
  • Colorfastness
  • CPSC requirements for lead and Phthalates
  • California proposition 65
  • Dimensional Stability and Durability
Consumer Testing Laboratories
Consumer Product Laboratories was established in 1952 and is independent and privately owned Company. It is conducting all of its testing and relevant services from its own facilities.

CTL offers a wide range of testing services for any types of men's, women's and children's clothing and accessories such as casual, outerwear, swimwear, socks, handbags and gloves. CTL offers the following Textile and Apparel testing services:
  • Colorfastness
  • Dimensional Stability and Appearance Testing
  • Flammability
  • Fibre Composition
  • Fabric Construction
  • Physical
  • Total Lead
  • Phthalates
  • Formaldehyde
  • Nickel
  • PH
  • Toxics in Packaging

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He is Md. Abu Sayed from Naogaon, Bangladesh. He is a Textile Engineer and working as a Testing Engineer at Bureau Veritas CPS (BD) Ltd. He also Likes article writing on Textile and Clothing Technology.

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