Global safety and certification company UL has opened its first consumer product testing facility in Vietnam, providing new capacity to help the country deliver on its global supply chain aspirations. 

The 1,300 square metre state-of-the-art Consumer and Retail Services (CRS) Testing Laboratory is located in Ho Chi Minh City and expands capacity in the region to test textiles, footwear and accessories, as well as jewellery and toys for compliance with a variety of safety and performance-related requirements. 

Through a formal agreement with Quatest III, a Vietnamese laboratory under the Ministry of Science and Technology, UL says it is "poised as an effective partner to local Vietnamese and multinational manufacturers who seek to deepen and expand their integration into global supply chains."

"We have seen an increased need in global consumer testing services and strategically we want to be where our clients need us to be," says Sajeev Jesudas, president of UL's consumer business. "Vietnam is an essential country to be in as we expand our footprint for consumer testing services in the ASEAN region."

UL CEO and US-ASEAN business council chairman Keith Williams adds that Vietnam's leadership has committed to a path of reforms – administrative, regulatory and trade – that provide "a strong foundation for innovation and entrepreneurism to flourish."

"UL is pleased that investments and partnerships such as this one will help accelerate the Vietnam manufacturing base's overall contributions to global trade and supply chains."

The company says the new laboratory marks a milestone in its regional business expansion for testing, inspection and audit services, and charts the course for additional collaboration in other areas to Vietnam.

The laboratory opening follows UL's recent acquisition of US-based Consumer Testing Laboratories (CTL) to further expand its capacity for consumer testing services.

Together with Quatest III, the latest collaboration enables UL to provide technical training that "deepens Vietnam's scientific excellence" and builds out capacity in such soft skills areas as communications and problem-solving.

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