Indian deal signed
24 March 2009
Baseefa has made a major move into the fast-expanding, multi-million pound market of the Indian sub-continent with the signing of a deal with a leading testing laboratory in Mumbai.
The deal with Karandikar Laboratories has involved the construction of a new laboratory on a 3,700 square metre site about 70 miles north of Mumbai, equipped with the latest ATEX and IECEx testing equipment as advised by Baseefa.
Indian deal signed
As part of the deal, Karandikar will act as the Buxton-based company’s agent in India.
The laboratory has recently had its three-day inspection by Jim Munro, lead assessor for the IECEx International Certification Scheme and also chairman of IEC standards committee TC31
Formal acceptance of Karandikar as an extension of Baseefa’s Buxton laboratory should follow shortly.
Ron Sinclair, managing director of Baseefa, commented: “We are impressed by the people we are working with at Karandikar, and we look forward to developing a joint enterprise which will serve the enormous Indian Ex equipment market.
“We are working closely with our Indian colleagues to satisfy the needs of Indian manufacturers of Ex equipment for both local requirements for testing and certification, and also for international certification within the ATEX and IECEx schemes.”
Baseefa advised Karandikar at all stages of the development of the new laboratory, and laboratory manager Steve Taylor and test engineer John Wells travelled to India in October for the final commissioning of the equipment and preparation for the accreditation/assessment visits by NABL and IECEx.
Ajit Karandikar, head of the family business which runs the Indian laboratory, said: “Our collaboration with Baseefa means that Indian manufacturers of Ex equipment will be able to benefit from one of the best-known and respected names in the field of the certification of equipment used in hazardous areas. We are delighted to be associated with the Baseefa name in this way.”
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