SGS held its first furniture seminar at the new testing laboratory in Manesar, North India, on April 12, 2017.


The event attracted more than 20 delegates drawn from Northern India’s furniture manufacturers, including attendees from Moradabad, a five-hour car journey from Manesar.

The seminar principally focused on the main regulations and standards affecting furniture exports to the US and EU, along with a look at statistical data for both markets. In addition, the presentation included a look at the European Standardization Committee (CEN), helping attendees understand how it works and how it writes standards, and incorporated a discussion on the recent changes to the BIFMA x5.1:2017 standard for the US.

With 47% of India’s furniture exports destined for the UK and US markets, it is vital manufacturers fully understand the complexities of these international standards in order to be assured they are supplying compliant products to their target markets.

The seminar was the first opportunity many delegates had to discover the new facilities in Manesar. Situated in Gurgaon District, the laboratory is ideally positioned for the wooden furniture manufacturers located around Jaipur and Jodhpur, and the metal furniture manufacturers of Moradabad.

Opened on December 15, 2016, SGS’s new facility in Manesar can test against several US and EU standards, including:

  • Mechanical and physical requirements:
    • ANSI BIFMA X5.1, X5.4, X5.5, X5.9, ASTM F2057, etc. for the US market

    • EN 12520, EN 581, EN 14749, etc. for the EU market

  • Flammability (upholstery furniture and textile parts):
    • CTB 117:2013 for the US market

    • EN 1021, ISO 8191, BS 5852 for the EU market

  • Chemicals:
    • Formaldehyde (wood), PCP, cadmium (plastics), azo dyes (textile) for the EU market

SGS Furniture Services

SGS adds value from the drawing board to the shop floor. With a full-range of services, including product design analysis, component and product testing, auditing, inspection and retail store checks, SGS helps businesses deliver well-designed, functional, durable and safe products to their customers. They have the furniture industry, regulatory and technical expertise required to check a products’ compliance against relevant standards and/or a manufacturer’s own specifications.

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For more information contact:

Priscille Galceran
Global Furniture Expert
t: +33 6 20 09 86 14

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