SGS has established a new ISO 17025-accredited test laboratory for disposable hygiene products in Oignies, near Lille in France.
The facility is the SGS worldwide competence center for testing nappies, feminine hygiene products, incontinence wear, wipes, cotton swabs, toilet paper and other disposables. The lab tests for product leakages and moisture sensation, as well as fasteners and other quality control measures.
Doubling up for disposables
Officially opened on January 2, 2017, the new 600 m² lab is double the size of the company’s previous facility in Douai, northern France. That lab, included within the SGS acquisition of Courtray Consulting SARL in July 2014, ran tests on more than 4,500 products annually.
"With twice as much testing space, the new site allows us to have an area devoted to innovation and R & D.” explains Vincent BERNUS, Director. Technical Manager Cédric SCHOORENS adds: “The markets for disposable hygiene products are constantly evolving, notably on feminine hygiene and incontinence. We must constantly adapt our methods to offer innovative test solutions to our customers.”
Clients already using the new facility include raw material manufacturers, retailers and consumer organizations from over 130 countries. SGS can design its own test systems and equipment to provide a totally tailored testing solution. At Oignies, SGS clients also have access to a private area within the lab that allows for totally confidential performance testing.
The new facility in France will also be a reference point for the SGS laboratories currently under development in the United States and China.
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