UL, a global safety science company, today inaugurated an 80,000-sft laboratory in Gurugram to enhance access for its existing and potential customers in the northern and eastern markets. This “cutting-edge” facility is the company’s second ‘Centre of Excellence’ in the country after Bengaluru. The move is aligned with its ambitious ‘In India, for India’ strategy to support need of the domestic manufacturers for meeting regulatory compliance to access the domestic and global markets, the company said in a press release.
The investment is aimed to facilitate the country’s growth drivers of rapid urbanisation and domestic manufacturing. “While India’s LED and energy-efficiency programmes have won international recognition, there is increasing thrust for the smart cities mission. Greater impetus for manufacturing with economic recovery and structural reforms is boosting the prospects of sectors like textiles, toys and consumer goods. The simultaneous policy initiatives to strengthen the domestic standards ecosystem have led to an increased demand for testing facilities that can match global standards,” said Suresh Sugavanam, vice president and managing director, UL, South Asia.
He added: “Replete with the latest and best in class equipment and talent, the Gurugram Centre of Excellence offers customers in north and east India easy approach to UL’s renowned third-party end-to-end testing, inspection and certification services to accelerate time-to-market. Customers will also benefit from bespoke solutions on multiple product portfolios at one location.”
UL’s Gurugram laboratory integrates and expands its erstwhile operations in Manesar for consumer technology and appliances, HVAC/R and lighting businesses with the existing operations in Gurugram for consumer and retail services, Sugavanam informed.
Stressing on alignment of its move with the government’s ‘Make In India’ policy push, he said, “UL’s growth in India is a reflection of the changing policy landscape of the country, one which has seen definite progress in improving quality and safety standards to match those of mature economies around the world. Given the impact of ‘Make in India’, it is encouraging that the manufacturing communities are recognising the importance of establishing the safety and quality standards for the domestic market as well, rather than just focusing on the exports.
With this Centre of Excellence, we aim to bring all the testing portfolios under one roof to offer easy access to our customers that will help reduce the turnaround time. It will also give us an opportunity to increase our footprint in the region expand further in newer areas of testing.”
Elaborating about the infrastructure, he said: “Validated by advanced equipment like goniophotometer, integrating sphere, life test racks and environmental chambers, customers in the LED lighting industry can now obtain complete testing for all lighting products, including safety, photometry and life cycle testing.”
For the white goods market, he added that the Gurugram facility is capable of evaluating performance and safety parameters through extensive testing including refrigeration chambers, psychrometric testing and ingress protection. The facility can also test the latest consumer technology products such as LED televisions, mobile phones and tablets, he added.
To support the textiles, softlines and toy industries in the region, UL’s suite of services span analytical, physical, mechanical, electric and electronics testing. UL’s Gurugram laboratory was also the first to be accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) to test under the new IS 9873 standards for toys, he also added.