Element expands automotive testing capabilities in Europe

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Element Materials Technology (Element) has invested in new automotive testing capabilities in Europe, adding an extensive suite of interior emissions testing services at its Deeside, UK, laboratory.

These services were previously offered at Element facilities in the USA only, so the investment means that this testing can now also be performed for the company’s customers in Europe, giving greater control over quality, faster turnaround times and more competitive pricing.

Element’s increased capabilities include testing for organic emissions such as carbonyls, formaldehyde and fog. Techniques used include thermal desorption GCMS, HPLC and photometry. The organic emissions can be sampled using a microchamber, 10-liter bag or directly into a tube or DNPH cartridge. The test methods are compliant with a wide range of automotive manufacturers’ specifications and are suitable for materials such as leather, artificial leather, plastic and textiles.

The company also has substantial experience in VOC background sampling and analysis.

Rob Veitch, EVP fire and building products, Element, said: “We are very pleased to have expanded our capabilities at our Deeside laboratory, as we are now better equipped to keep up with demand in Europe.

“We understand that customers want to make the best use of their time and this growth demonstrates our continued commitment to better fulfilling customer expectations.”

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