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CSA Group merges UK operations and sets up new hazardous locations testing laboratory in North Wales

23 February 2015

CSA Group, a leading global provider of testing and certification services and a standards development organisation, has announced that UK operations SIRA Test & Certification and mi Technology Group will be merged under the new name CSA Group Testing UK Limited. At the same time, CSA Group said it would open a new hazardous locations testing laboratory at Hawarden in North Wales.

“CSA Group is committed to delivering exceptional testing and certification and conformity assessment solutions that help our customers ensure their products meet global standards and requirements,” said Ralf Schunk, CSA Group Vice President, Europe.

“Combining our UK operations under the CSA Group brand will allow us to effectively promote our global service offerings and provide our clients with more efficient, consistent and unified service throughout all regions in which we operate. Our clients will see a seamless transition and projects will continue as usual.  In addition, as a part of our European and global strategic hazardous locations testing service expansions and to meet the growing needs of our clients, we will be opening a new office and a premium new hazardous locations testing laboratory at Hawarden in North Wales on May 14th.

SIRA was acquired by CSA Group in 2009 and is a world leader in hazardous locations testing, as well as being a Notified Body specialising in testing and certification of equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. SIRA also provides training, personnel certification and instrument calibration related to water effluent and air emissions.  Under the new company name, the SIRA mark will continue to be used and promoted as part of CSA Group’s global service offerings.

CSA Group acquired mi Technology in 2013 as part of its strategic growth plan in the automotive and transportation sector. mi Technology’s mission is to provide innovative testing services and engineering solutions to the transportation industry, and premium passenger and commercial vehicle manufacturers, to enable them to meet or exceed their market and customer expectations.  mi Technology’s test and development centre provides vehicle testing in the areas of environmental impact, engine performance and emissions, powertrain, structural integrity, and durability, including for lightweight structures.

In 2011, CSA Group expanded into mainland Europe with the establishment of its European headquarters in Frankfurt (Germany) and since then has accelerated its growth and will continue to expand. CSA Group’s operations in Europe include laboratories in Frankfurt and Switzerland which offer testing for medical and laboratory equipment, laboratories in Strasskirchen and Leyland which conduct testing and certification of automotive components, and will be opening a new hazardous locations testing laboratory in North Wales.

CSA Group also has branch offices in The Netherlands and Italy, and testing facilities in Turkey, and employs more than 400 experts across Europe. CSA Group is planning to expand its operations in Germany and the UK over the next several years to meet the growing demand of clients in Europe and around the world.

About CSA Group

CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit member-based association dedicated to advancing safety, sustainability and social good. We are an internationally accredited standards development and testing & certification organisation. We also provide consumer product evaluation and education & training services. Our broad range of knowledge and expertise includes: industrial equipment, plumbing & construction, electro-medical & healthcare, appliances & gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability. The CSA mark appears on billions of products around the world.

For more information on CSA Group, visit www.csagroup.org.


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