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SGS establishes a consumer testing laboratory in Chittagong, the second largest garment manufacturing city  in Bangladesh. The newly-inaugurated laboratory is equipped with the-state-of-the-art facilities to provide quality testing services for companies complying with international standards and regulations. The presence of SGS here will contribute to and strengthen the local apparel industry’s ability to attain a Global standard and acceptability.

The inauguration ceremony, attended by over 150 participants, was held on 28th November 2012 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and laboratory tour.  Management representatives from the SGS Group and honourable guests from the BGMEA, Chittagong Port Authority, Custom House, BSTI, BEPZA, and Bangladesh Environmental Authority as well as international and national experts and professionals, attended the inauguration ceremony. The Swiss Ambassador to Bangladesh, Urs Herren, said that the initiative of establishing such a lab will promote the prospects of Chittagong.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) first vice-president Nasir Uddin Chowdhury said that the laboratory will help the local apparel market ensure sustainable growth by providing quality testing services. The lab will play a vital role in developing business in the port city as well as in the country. The Bangladesh Government also is encouraging the apparel industry in this port city by setting up new Export Processing Zones.

Pradit Young Pan Chai, Asia Pacific Regional Manager of SGS indicated: “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.”

"I am very pleased with this new laboratory, it is in line with our Consumer Testing Service strategy to increase SGS’s 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,” said Ariel Miranda, Managing Director SGS Bangladesh Limited. The new laboratory provides both physical and chemical testing services. It will help the local apparel market to ensure sustainable growth by providing quality testing, inspection and audits services, training and technical consultancy to meet CPSIA, REACH and other testing related regulations for exporting to the EU and US markets.

Mr. Ramasamy Rajendran, CTS Business Manager of SGS Bangladesh Limited said: “The Chittagong Laboratory will be a role model in Consumer Testing Laboratories due to its quality, safety, and fully equipped support in Chittagong”.

Saraf Khan
Consumer Testing Services
Key Account Manager
SGS Bangladesh Limited
t: +88 017 13 33 62 89

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