Intertek has opened a new footwear testing laboratory in Gurgaon, India, offering a range of services to help manufacturers, retailers, designers and importers to meet quality and safety standards in a range of markets.

Like all Intertek labs, it will test footwear for all ages and types, from conventional shoes to slippers, sportswear and safety footwear.

The new footwear lab is fully equipped to evaluate essential constructional properties of shoes from design to wear.

The tests include slip resistance, sole bond adhesion strength, seam strength, heel attachment strength, flex cracking resistance, component testing (zips or other fasteners), colour fastness, waterproof testing and hazardous substance testing under the European Toy Safety Directive EN71 and Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) where applicable.