Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, inaugurated its expanded Softlines testing laboratory in Chattogram, Bangladesh on January 08. Chattogram is the major hub for export-import trade in Bangladesh and the new facility offers enhanced chemical management and analytical testing services for the textile, apparel and RMG supply chain.

As a direct response to the growing demand from the customers, Intertek has now expanded the square footage of its laboratory by 50 per cent. This extended facility will enable Intertek to offer its services with reduced turnaround time. Both Physical and Analytical testing capabilities have been enhanced, Inspection capacity reinforced and Assurance services added to the portfolio, to make the Chattogram facility probably the only full service capability, in the region. Intertek also assures product compliance for various global and customer specific standards and regulatory requirements and provides a comprehensive environmental Chemical Management approach to help manage and reduce hazardous chemicals throughout the textile and apparel supply chain network.

Mohammed Abdus Salam – Managing Director and Founder of Asian Apparels Ltd. was thankful for the initiative to expand laboratory testing capabilities in Chattogram and cited Intertek as a quality partner for the textile, apparel and allied industry. Other industry leaders were impressed by the expansion of the facility and the innovative assurance services Intertek can provide to address their future business needs.

“As a leading ATIC service provider to the textile and apparel industry, we are delighted to invest and expand this facility in Chattogram. The combination of this strategic location, extended analytical capability and our expertise and innovative assurance solutions will allow us to deliver excellent customer service with total quality assurance to meet our customers’ business needs,” said Rajesh Saigal – Executive Vice President – Intertek South & South East Asia.

Sandeep Das, Country Managing Director of Intertek Bangladesh commented: “We have invested for the expansion of this facility based on the potential growth and demand from major customers in Chattogram. We have also kept in mind the future potential for further expansion of leather and footwear testing services that will provide the next level of growth for the region.”

For almost two decades, Intertek has helped Bangladesh industries ensure the quality, quantity and safety of their products, processes and systems, supporting clients involved with textiles and garments, leather and footwear, food, petroleum, petrochemicals, agricultural products, pre-shipment inspection under contract with the government, industrial technical services, high-end engineering projects, and international systems certifications. The Chattogram expansion will help continue this trend of investing behind potential country growth opportunities.